1940s BIG BAND NIGHTBy popular demand, The Ockbrook Big Band will return to the Buxton Dome this November for another show-stopping night of 1940s inspired music and dance.

The event, organised by the University of Derby Buxton’s events management company Dome Events, promises to be as much of a success as last year’s, and takes place on Friday November 23 (7.30pm – midnight).

The impressive 18 piece band has 15 years’ of experience in delivering exciting themed musical performances. The band takes pride in performing in 1940s clothing, covering a wealth of well-known songs from over three decades, including those of legendary big band musician Glen Miller.

Emily Ibbotson, Events Manager for Dome Events, said: “Following the huge success of last year’s Big Band night, The Ockbrook Big Band will return to the Dome for a second year to help guests get into the swing of things. So put on your finest 40s outfit and join us for a night of fantastic music at the iconic Devonshire Dome.”

Taking place in the largest free standing dome in the UK, the 18th Century Grade II* listed building is the ideal venue for hosting the big band night, offering great acoustics and plenty of dancing space.

The event will be an opportunity for people of all ages to dress up, sing along and dance the night away, guests are also welcome to bring their own picnics.


For more information about this event and to purchase tickets (Adult tickets cost £15, children and senior citizens £7.50) visit  and search for ‘Big Band Night’ or telephone 01298 330606.


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For more information please contact Press & PR Officer Joanna Colburn on 01332 593004 or 07775 036988, or email

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Notes to editors:


The University is home to a diverse community of more than 20,000 students from the UK and overseas studying on a wide range of subjects in; arts, design and technology; business, computing and law; education, health and sciences; culinary arts, events management and sport.


Derby achieved University status in 1992, and Professor John Coyne has been the University’s Vice-Chancellor since 2004.

In November 2011 the University won two Times Higher Education (THE) Awards; the Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative Award for the success of its business-to-business arm, University of Derby Corporate (UDC); and the Outstanding Contribution To The Local Community Award for the work of its Community Relations team.

The University’s Derby Campus includes its Kedleston Road, Markeaton Street and Britannia Mill sites.

The University of Derby Students’ Union (UDSU), research centres and academic schools –including The Derby Business School – are all based at the Kedleston Road site.

Derby’s Markeaton Street site is dedicated to its arts, design and technology programmes. It was opened by Sir Richard Branson in 2007.

Britannia Mill, a restored Victorian mill, houses the University’s School of Social Care and Therapeutic Practice, and some of its nursing students are trained in Chesterfield.

University of Derby Corporate (UDC) is based at the Enterprise Centre, Bridge Street, Derby.

The University also has a Campus in the Peak District spa town of Buxton. The Buxton Campus in the town’s iconic Dome houses the Higher Education School of Culture and Lifestyle, and Buxton College of Further Education. It was officially opened by Their Royal Highnesses Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in 2006.


For media information please contact the University’s Press on 01332 591187.



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