Guitarist James in concert at Wirksworth church

James Rippingale
James Rippingale

The beautiful surroundings and excellent acoustics of the United Reformed Church, Wirksworth, will play host to a feast of classical guitar music on Friday, June 6, featuring guitarist James Rippingale.

A musician well known for his eclectic programmes and sensitive playing, James will give a concert of music by Bach, Brouwer, Harrison, Albeniz and Granados interspersed with his own unique compositions.

James said: “It is my hope that the programme will have something to suit a variety of musical tastes and display many of the guitar’s beautiful and unique characteristics.”

Tickets are available on the door, costing £10 (£7 concessions), with a share of the proceeds going to the Wirksworth Musical Instrument Fund.

n On Friday, June 6, the Matlock Storytelling cafe brings you Hope Springs Eternal and Strange Encounters...

Some years ago, storyteller Mike Payton chanced upon one of Derbyshire’s mythical big cats.

Over the years, listeners to this tale have chosen to think him mad, or drunk, rather than believe him.

In an attempt to persuade people of the truth, Mike has delved into the story mine to bring together a collection of even stranger encounters, which make a puma in Dovedale seem as mundane as finding a baguette in a bakery.

Also, the effervescent Rachel Murray muses on the place of wells in folklore. From their watery depths, these givers of life have always been central to their communities. But sometimes, things lurk and wait.

Tickets cost £7 and can be bought on 01629 580023, or on the door. The café is in The Imperial Rooms, Matlock. The show begins at 7.30pm.