Classical guitar ace will play in Wirksworth

Neil Smith
Neil Smith

Classical guitar fans are in for a treat at St Mary’s Church in Wirksworth on Saturday, April 5.

In addition to the long established annual arts festival, Wirksworth is increasingly becoming a centre for classical music.

Local classical guitarist Jonathan Priestley gives regular performances to appreciative audiences in the town and he has also arranged concerts by leading international players Fiona Harrison and Carlos Bonell.

Now he is planning another treat for guitar enthusiasts in the perfect historic setting of St. Mary’s Church, which has proven to be an ideal venue for such virtuoso performers.

A recently formed classical guitar circle meets regularly in the town in the Parish Room and provides an opportunity for keen amateur players to play an ensemble.

Local guitar teacher Gaynor Sams provides musical direction to the group and she has arranged for renowned guitarist Neil Smith to give a guitar workshop and ‘masterclass’ in Wirksworth for amateur guitarists and Neil will give a public concert from 7.30pm in the church.

Tickets are priced at £10 (£8 concessions) and are available at the door.

n The Matlock Storytelling Cafe brings you Tortoise Boy and Other Tales on Friday, April 4.

Get ready for a story from the semi-hidden darkness which lurks beneath our feet: an assembled council of the concerned, diplomats and representatives of the world’s greatest authorities are set to restore calm and order.

But is their version of stability really what the world needs?

And what part does tortoise boy have to play in this great struggle?

Acclaimed resident storyteller Helen Appleton brings you this strange and wonderful tale, with which carries great resonance in today’s world with its chaotic struggles for power.

Also, it’s three for one at the cafe this week as silver tongued eccentric Gillian Shimwell takes you to Japan in search of devotion, love and ghosts, while the sonorous David Whittington returns to his birthplace of Clifton for a tale of adoration destroyed by avarice and broken promises.

Tickets cost £7 and can be bought by calling 01629 580023 or you can pay on the door.

The café is in The Imperial Rooms, Matlock.

Doors open at 6.45 and the show begins at 7.30pm.