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Dylan Thomas Embers & Sparks

Category: Previous Events Published on 20 April 2014 Nick Robinson
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Saturday 10th May 7.30pm

Tickets £5 on the door, complimentary glass of wine or juice

 A Celebration of the Centenary of the Birth of Dylan Thomas with poet John Lindley  Born in 1914, Dylan Thomas became one of the most successful yet controversial poets of the twentieth century. Regarded with equal amounts of adoration and suspicion in his lifetime, the extraordinary body of work he left after his death at the age of 39 continues, even after the passage of more than 60 years, to divide opinion - enthralling some and infuriating others. In an evening of poetry and personal anecdote, John Lindley acknowledges the genius, ransacks the rumours and speaks of the eccentricities, comedies and tragedies that ensured Dylanʼs short and colourful life became legendary  

 Signed copies of the book will be available on the night, or also available by sending a cheque for £3.50 + £1.24 p & p payable to ʻJohn Lindleyʼ at 26 Albert Place, Havannah Street, ,Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 2AJ.    

 “From Cwmdonkin Drive to a ʻbronze unlikenessʼ on a wet Swansea night, John Lindley goes in search of Dylan Thomas. Heʼs given the key to Thomasʼs front door, examines the ink stain on an abandoned suit hanging in a museum. He follows the legends, the pints and the shots, wryly inspects the artefacts - photographs, cuttings recorded speech. All thatʼs left is the voice, but what a voice. It echoes through Johnʼs rhymes, half-rhymes and line-breaks, the rhythm and the assonance. Not as a slavish homage or pastiche, but a felt presence – always the music, always the voice.”Phil Williams, Poet




An evening of Improv - Martin Archer / The Garden / Meson

Category: Previous Events Published on 04 April 2014 Nick Robinson
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Friday 30th May 7.30

Featuring Martin Archer / The Garden / Meson

An evening of improvised electronic music.

The Garden are a relatively new duo featuring Nick Robinson (guitar/keys/loops) and Andy Peake (keys/FX) and could be described as dark, dense and distorted, except when they are subtle and ethereal! Check out a recent recording on soundcloud.

Martin Archer is a legend of Sheffield improvised music and not to be missed.  For this solo performance, in itself an increasingly rare event, Martin will use organ, filters and loops to create a minimalist drone style improvisation.

Meson are a group of improvising musicians under the misguidance of Bo Meson who tries to impose vocalised disorder by shouting in the background. How you categorise it is anyone's guess. Ambient? Ambidelic? Free-form? Improg? Make your own mind up, we prolly won't object to your preferred label!

£3 admission.

The Peak Guitar Quartet

Category: Previous Events Published on 04 April 2014 Nick Robinson
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Friday 9th May 7.30

Several months ago, a new guitar quartet was formed between Nadia Marsh, Derek Taylor, Mick Pearce and Steve Marsh. We've called ourselves the Peak Guitar Quartet as we are based in Bakewell in the heart of the Peak District. Our repertoire consists of both original material and arrangements and includes a wide variety of music from around the world spanning several centuries.

The quartets range is extended by the fact that Nadia Marsh is also a recorder player and this instrument is incorporated into the group. We are making our debut concert at Bishops House in Sheffield on the 9th May 2014 followed by two more concerts in Wirksworth and Bakewell. The programme will consist of guitar quartets, duos and solos.

7.30 start and a free glass of wine or juice.  Tickets £5 on the door

Carfield Community Choir

Category: Previous Events Published on 27 March 2014 Nick Robinson
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Sunday 6th April 14:00

Carfield Community Choir will be celebrating Spring by singing a short set of songs in four locations in local parks on . they will start their journey by singing outside Bishops House at 2.00pm.

Originally established in early 2007, they meet every week to sing together.  Since September 2008 the choir has been led by Liz Nicholas, their Musical Director.

The Carfield Community Choir website

See Emily Play / David J Roch / Low Duo

Category: Previous Events Published on 17 March 2014 Nick Robinson
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Friday 25th April 7.30pm SOLD OUT!

Sheffield’s See Emily Play returns to the spotlight in April with the release of a new single, ‘What To Do’. To celebrate, in characteristically unusual fashion, she’s holding a single launch in one of Sheffield’s oldest timber-framed buildings, Bishops’ House.

Emily is renowned for her spellbinding live performances, and this show will be no exception, expect an intimate, relaxed acoustic performance in the intriguing surroundings of a building that is over 500 years old. With support from David J Roch and Low Duo, the evening promises to be a truly special, unique experience.

Oh, and here’s the best part, you can bring your own wine! See Emily Play’s new single ‘What To Do’ will be available on iTunes and Spotify from April 21st 2014. 


Hallamshire & District Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers

Category: Previous Events Published on 16 February 2014 Nick Robinson
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Sunday May 18th 10.30am - 3.30pm

knitting demonstrationDemonstrations of both spinning and knitting and a range of items made by Hallamshire & District Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers members for visitors to see and handle. Bring your questions and creations!

The aims of this group are to preserve and to promote the traditional crafts of hand weaving, spinning and dyeing. They are part of the National Association of Guilds of Weaving, Spinning and Dyeing and are a registered Charity. They are Sheffield based but have members from Derbyshire and all over South and West Yorkshire.

Their website is

Helen Tookey and Sharron Kraus - poetry, music & wine

Category: Previous Events Published on 06 February 2014 Nick Robinson
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Saturday 22nd February 7.30pm

Two friends bring fine Poetry and Music to Bishops' House. Helen Tookey returns with her first collection of poems, Missel Child, published by Carcanet in January. Jeffrey Wainwright's response is typical of the critical acclaim which has greeted the collection:

"Missel-Child is an exceptional volume. Some of the subject-matter is ‘found’, some comes from a powerful and intelligent imagination and from keen observation. All is embodied in a language that is sensuous and strong."

Sharron Kraus is a singer of traditional folk songs, a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. As well as drawing on the folk traditions of England and Appalachia, her music is influenced by gothic literature, surrealism, myth and magick. Her songs tell intricate tales of rootless souls, dark secrets and earthly joys, the lyrics plucked as sonorously as her acoustic guitar.

"..a sparkling clear voice that can sound as ancient and elemental as rain, stone, or soil" - Matthew Murphy

Join us for a unique evening where Helen and Sharron will be performing not only their own work, but for the first time a collaborative piece also.

A complimentary glass of wine or juice will be served during the interval.

Tickets £5 at the door, doors open 7.30pm with the performance to begin promptly at 7.45pm

Toffee Music in concert

Category: Previous Events Published on 04 February 2014 Nick Robinson
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Wednesday 19th March 7.30 - 10.00pm

Toffees logo

Back by popular demand, Toffee Music is Mike Lydiat and Dave Markham. TOFFEE is an acronym for "Two Old Fellas For Evening Entertainment"! Dave has been 'entertaining the troops' for more than 40 years and Mike first 'trod the boards' in 1962. Between them they have a century of playing experience!

Weston Park Hospital Cancer CharityTOFFEE perform  classic tunes from the great composers like Richard Rogers, Lorenz Hart, Cole Porter, etc and Music Hall and Vaudeville songs. We have been known to throw in the odd Carolan tune and to come right up to date with Beatles songs as well as Joni Mitchell, Carol King and James Taylor.

Entry: £4 divided between Bishops House and Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity. There will also be a Raffle and CD sales going to WPHCC. So here's your chance to have a great night out and support two good causes at the same time!

For more information, please visit their website

Here's a short video filmed during their last appearance at Bishop's House!

Origami for Easter

Category: Previous Events Published on 02 February 2014 Nick Robinson
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easter bunny boxSunday 2nd March 1pm - 4pm

Ever wanted to learn the Japanese art of Origami (paper-folding)? Local expert and origami professional Nick Robinson, author of 50+ books on the subject and other experienced folders from the British Origami Society will be present to show you how easy it really is. No experience needed and paper will be provided. The theme this time will be Easter, making eggs, bunnies, chicks and much more.

If you have any models you are "stuck" with, bring the diagrams along, we'll show you how to finish them. Some examples of more advanced designs will be on display.

This event is open to all, - children are welcome, but remember we're not a creche facility - you should stay and fold with your children. For more information on folding, please visit the British Origami Society website

The Bints in concert

Category: Previous Events Published on 30 November 2013 Nick Robinson
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Saturday 25th January 2014

The Bints and friends present an evening of acapella, gentle jazz and poetry from 7.30. Entrance £5 includes a glass of wine or soft drink. All profits to The Dogs Trust and Bishop's House.

For some audio samples, visit

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Norton Lees Residents Association meeting

Category: Previous Events Published on 26 November 2013 Nick Robinson
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Monday 7th April 7.00

Residents of the area are cordially invited to the next public meeting of NoLRA, to be held at Bishop's House. Various topics of local interest will be discussed and we hope to have a guest speaker and some Councillors. Please feel free to raise any issues of interest to you.

NoLRA is here to fight on the residents behalf but also to try and bring the community closer.  In order to grow, NoLRA needs volunteer members, especially a treasurer. It doesn’t take much effort, please come and say hello at the meeting.

Ukelele Carol Strum

Category: Previous Events Published on 18 November 2013 Nick Robinson
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Saturday December 21st 1pm - 2.30pm

A small group of enthusiastic new "ukies" will bravely attempt to play a few carols to get us in the festive spirit!! Come along and listen, sing or bring your own uke and strum along...

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