All of us at Derby Cathedral were saddened to hear of the death of Mr. Mohammed Afzal at the end of December.
Mohammed Afzal was a pioneering leader in this city at a time when the Muslim community in Derby was beginning to grow. In his work creating the Derby Islamic Centre, and in many other ways, he laid out the groundwork for the strong friendship between the faith communities of Derby which exist today. He will be greatly missed.
The Very Revd Dr Stephen Hance
Dean of Derby
We are pleased to announce the appointment of a new Director of Music at Derby Cathedral. Alexander Binns is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and held organ scholarships at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, Marylebone Parish Church and Southwark Cathedral before taking up his present appointment as Assistant Director of Music at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in 2016. Alex will be taking up his position at Derby Cathedral after Easter, when we look forward to welcoming him with his wife Dora and young son Peter.
The next Bishop of Derby will be the Right Reverend Libby Lane, Downing Street has announced.
Bishop Libby is currently the Suffragan Bishop of Stockport, in the Diocese of Chester – a post she has occupied since 2015.
Libby describes Derbyshire as ‘the place that holds my heart’. She grew up in Glossop in the north-west of the county and was selected for ordination while working in the parish of St Thomas Brampton, Chesterfield.
Bishop Libby said: “I am excited and privileged to have been called to serve as Bishop of Derby.
“I grew up here and my vocation was fostered here. Derbyshire nurtured me and brought me to faith and I want to love Derbyshire back.
“I want to lead a church in Derbyshire where people find hope because they know they are loved by God in Christ, and I pray that hope sets us free to live our lives in ways that bring change for good.”
On hearing the news, the Dean of Derby, the Very Reverend Dr Stephen Hance, said: “I am thrilled that Libby is coming to be our bishop. Her roots are here in Derbyshire, and we are all very much looking forward to welcoming her home and working with her in the months and years ahead.
“This announcement presents us with an opportunity to think afresh, about who we are and who we hope to be, about the opportunities and challenges that face us as we move forward.”
Bishop Libby is marking today’s announcement by visiting a number of communities in the Diocese. She started the day, with her husband, George, her two grown-up children, Connie and Benedict, in her childhood hometown of Glossop, where her parents still live.
From there, she travelled to Bolsover, a former mining town, in the north-east of Derbyshire, meeting children and staff at Bolsover C of E Junior School and taking part in their assembly. She invited the children to help her with a short talk about the Nativity.
Libby is also revisiting the church of St Thomas in Brampton, Chesterfield, where she will meet women in their Knit and Natter meeting and a men’s social group, known as Thom’s Blokes, who will be enjoying a special Christmas lunch.
Later, she will meet members of the farming and agricultural communities in Alderwasley, before a reception at Derby Cathedral, where she will meet local faith and community leaders. Libby will end her day joining Evening Prayers at the Cathedral from 17:15.
The service to install Bishop Libby in Derby Cathedral will take place after Easter.
I am aware of online comments this morning claiming that Derby Cathedral has banned the Revd. Melvin Tinker from speaking at the Derby University Christian Union Carol Service.
The Dean invites all guest preachers for services to be held at the Cathedral. This remains the Dean’s responsibility even when the service is organised jointly with another organisation. Planning a service with an outside organisation always entails some back and forth including about whom the Dean might invite to preach. It is entirely wrong to claim that anyone has been ‘banned’ simply because the Dean has not chosen to invite them on this occasion.
I am delighted that the Revd. Neil Barber, the vicar of St. Giles Normanton, who is a well regarded preacher in the Conservative Evangelical tradition, has accepted my invitation to preach at this occasion.
This September, Derby Cathedral will be hosting a series of films in collaboration with QUAD, our local arts centre and cinema. While some of the movies which will be shown in this season are very much viewing for the whole family – The Greatest Showman, for example – some are a bit edgier and have caused a certain amount of controversy in the Cathedral and beyond. A couple of these – The Wicker Man and Don’t Look Now, with which we open the season – are sometimes described as horror movies. Both are rated 15 and include brief sexualised scenes (not explicit as suggested by some media reports). Later in the season we show Monty Python’s The Life of Brian, which some have seen as a satire on Jesus and the Christian faith. I want to set out our reasons for doing this.
The first reason for hosting this season is to draw new people into the Cathedral. Derby Cathedral is the cathedral for everybody in Derby. The Cathedral does not belong to me, to the Diocese, or to those who worship here. It belongs to all, of whatever faith or none, whoever they are and whatever might be going on in their lives. Of course, this is much easier to say than it is to make real. Many institutions in the arts and heritage sectors wrestle constantly with how to reach new audiences, and in that sense cathedrals are no different. We have to make new connections and attract new people or risk becoming a relic of the past. Cathedrals have a particular opportunity here, because the evidence suggests that they continue to be seen as neutral spaces by many people in a way that parish churches are not. But that view needs to be continually reinforced by activities which reflect the open, inclusive role of the Cathedral. These film screenings will bring in people who would otherwise not come into our beautiful, evocative space. Some will be touched and moved by it in a way that may lead to return visits for other events.
My second reason for welcoming this season is to do with the power of story. Every culture works out what it values and believes through telling stories. Stories have power to take root in the human heart in a way that propositions do not. From the earliest days, people have sat round fires or meal tables sharing stories, some of them historical, some of them fictional, and very many a combination of the two. Some of those stories would be about things that the culture fears or wants to avoid. After all, many of the fairy tales which we were told growing up, and which we may have passed on to our own children, had elements which were disturbing or a bit scary. And Christians, of all people, should understand this. The Scriptures on which our faith is based consist primarily of stories. Jesus didn’t write a book of theological statements to leave to his followers, but rather gospels which recorded stories about his life. And in his own teaching he understood the power of story, which is why he spent so much of his time telling parables. The stories on which our faith is based are not all lovely and uplifting. If for example we were to show a film of the story of Salome, Herod, and John the Baptist, it would probably have an 18 certificate. But of course, to tell – or show – a story in which bad things happen is not to condone the actions of people in the story. The story is told to provoke, to challenge, to make us think. It is in that spirit that some of these stories of faith, doubt, fear and obsession are coming to the Cathedral.
The third reason for hosting this season of films is, of course, financial. Cathedrals are expensive to run. Contrary to what some think, they are not funded by the Government, nor are the majority of our costs covered by the Church Commissioners. Most of what we need to sustain the ministry of our Cathedral we have to find ourselves. I am very clear, in a challenging financial climate, that I will ensure Derby Cathedral is solvent and financially sustainable. That means thinking outside the box about new income streams which can make the mission and ministry of this place possible, as well as creating resources to respond to new opportunities as they come along.
We will shortly be announcing a couple of special events to help people reflect theologically on these films, which I hope people will find helpful. In the meantime, to be clear, Derby Cathedral remains primarily a place of worship and mission, with at least three services offered daily. Nothing changes that, and nor will anything do so for as long as I am Dean.
The Very Revd. Dr. Stephen Hance
Dean of Derby
25th July 2018
Derby Cathedral is safe, watertight and beautiful ahead of the forthcoming First World War centenary events, thanks to a £40m scheme to conserve and repair England’s cathedrals.
The cathedral was the first to benefit from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund and, as a result, was able to renew the nave roof, repair the Song School roof and carry out repairs to the wiring, and heating systems.
In a report published this week, immediate risks to cathedral buildings across the country have now been significantly reduced because of the scheme, launched at Derby Cathedral in 2014 by the then chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne.
Rachel Morris, chapter steward at Derby Cathedral, project-managed the repairs. Mrs Morris said: “For Derby, the scheme was a lifeline for the well-being of the building.
“Derby Cathedral was fortunate to receive funding for three essential projects from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund.
“Critical work to rewire the cathedral and connect gas for the first time was the first project, in 2015.
“The second project was to replace the Song School roof ensuring it remained water tight.
“Whilst working on the first project we discovered problems with the nave roof. Design faults 50 years ago meant the lead had split causing leaks which we’d had to build scaffold and tarpaulin water traps to protect the interior, which had recently been completely redecorated. In 2017 we spent nine months relaying the lead and replacing rotten joists in the roof.
“Without the funding it would have taken more than 20 years to raise the money required. The funding provided means Derby Cathedral is now safe, watertight and beautiful for the people of Derby and Derbyshire to enjoy.”
23rd October 2017
The Revd Canon Carol Coslett has been appointed as the next Archdeacon of Chesterfield succeeding the Venerable Christine Wilson, who is now Dean of Lincoln Cathedral.
Canon Coslett is currently Rector of the United Benefice of Betchworth and Buckland in the Diocese of Southwark, an Honorary Canon of Southwark Cathedral, as well as serving as an Acting Archdeacon, Assistant Area Dean of Reigate Deanery, and Diocesan Faith in the Countryside Rural Officer. In these roles she has gained a great deal of experience which will assist her in her new position.
Before she was ordained, Carol gained an MA in Music Education and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education at Jesus College Cambridge in Music and Religious Education for Secondary. She went on to train for ministry at Ripon College Cuddesdon before serving her curacy in the Diocese of Guildford. In 2007 she became Rector of her present parishes. Carol was appointed Faith in the Countryside Officer in 2011, which involves co-ordinating and networking across the Dioceses of Canterbury, Guildford and Chichester, as well as working across the same dioceses in her role of Chaplain for the Farming Community Network since 2012. She has a keen interest in supporting the presence of the church in communities, and reaching out to those isolated particularly in semi-rural areas.
Carol loves walking, and is looking forward to exploring the Derbyshire countryside with her husband Martin, their two grown up children; David and Clara, and their Jack Russell (Fudge). She also enjoys playing her clarinet, singing, reading, foreign travel, and visits to the opera, theatre and historic houses.
Canon Coslett said, “I am very excited to be joining the Diocese of Derby, especially working with the clergy and parishes of the Chesterfield Archdeaconry. I am particularly impressed by the new developments to use resources within the deaneries and I look forward so much to being able to visit the churches and get to know the communities in this wonderful part of Derbyshire. It will be a real privilege to serve you as we ‘share Christ’s presence in every community’”.
The Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, Bishop of Derby, said: “I am delighted that Carol has accepted my invitation to join our team. She brings an impressive range of skills and experience which will be a great gift to the future mission of our diocese.”
Canon Coslett will take up her new position in Spring 2018.
5th June 2017
Downing Street has this morning (Monday 5th June 2017) announced that The Queen has approved the appointment of The Revd Canon Dr Stephen Hance as the next Dean of Derby. He succeeds The Very Revd John Davies as Dean, following his move to Wells Cathedral in 2016.
Dr Hance is to take up his position later in the year. He currently serves as Canon Missioner of Southwark Cathedral and Director of Mission and Evangelism for the Diocese of Southwark, a position that he has held since 2013. In this role, he has taken a lead on the outward-facing aspects of Southwark Cathedral's ministry and played a key role in developing diocesan mission strategy.
He will be bringing to Derby his years of experience promoting the mission of the Church and growing church congregations. During his time in Southwark he founded the Cathedrals and Growth Network which seeks to share good practice amongst cathedrals and enable them to grow in numbers, depth of faith and impact. He became a member of General Synod in 2015 and has published three books and contributed to others on Mission Action Planning, and sacraments and Fresh Expressions of church. He is currently editing a new book on forgiveness.
Stephen joins Derby Cathedral at an exciting period of change. A major building project to re-lead the nave roof is nearing completion, and follows the renewal of the Cathedral interior two years ago. Further plans for the building include the refurbishment of the unique Compton organ, the replacement of the fixed pews with moveable seating to make the building more accessible for services and events, and the use of digital technology to help visitors discover the historical and spiritual riches of the Cathedral. The project to open Derby Cathedral School, a new Church of England secondary school for the city, is well under way. Stephen will be pivotal in all these exciting developments for the Cathedral and the city of Derby.
9th June 2017
On Thursday 15th June 2017 Derby Cathedral will take part in the event by ringing from 7.30 pm - 8.15 pm, following its evening Corpus Christi Eucharist.
BBC Music Day is returning for its third year on Thursday 15 June 2017, celebrating music’s ability to unite communities across generations, and this year bell-ringers have been asked to play an even bigger role. The sound of bells, with their power to bring communities and generations together, was a feature of last year’s BBC Music Day, with over 200 bellringing groups taking part.
This year's theme is the power of music, and the day will feature broadcasts on BBC TV, Radio and digital services from 6am to midnight. Bob Shennan, Director of BBC Radio and Music explains: "BBC Music Day is a unique opportunity for people to celebrate music and musical talent, whether attending one of the many events taking place or tuning in at home."
19th April 2017
On Sunday 30th April 2017 there will be peal attempt on the Cathedral bells, involving the local ringers. Ringing will start shortly after 2pm and will finish before Evensong at 6pm. More information Derby Cathedral Bellringing can be found here>>
19th April 2018
Derby Cathedral is saddened to hear of the passing of the Rt Revd Michael Perham, former Bishop of Gloucester and the last Provost and first Dean of Derby.
Bishop Michael served the Cathedral for almost six years - first as Provost, and then as Dean - and oversaw the fundraising efforts to acquire and finally open the Cathedral Centre opposite the Cathedral in 2004, which houses an award-winning Bookshop and Café alongside the Cathedral offices.
We are grateful for his ministry and his dedication; he will be in our prayers
19th February 2017
Cathedral and University partnership to explore the relationship between science and faith
A grant of £9,450 has been awarded by the Templeton Foundation to the University of Derby and Derby Cathedral for an exciting new project exploring the relationship between science and faith. The project, called ‘From Enlightenment to Entanglement’, draws upon the city’s long heritage of science and engineering, and aims to make connections among scientific enquiry, religious faith and working lives to explore the ‘entanglement’ of all three.
Many of the city’s great 18th century scientists and industrialists were members of church congregations, and their advancements are memorialised on the walls of the Cathedral. By exploring the relationship between their faith and the world they lived in, these pioneering Derbeians discovered hydrogen, calculated the weight of the world and built the world’s first factory. ‘From Enlightenment to Entanglement’ will provide a platform for today’s scientists and engineer to experiment and innovate while reflecting on the philosophy of their practice.
Full programme details will be announced in the spring. The project will include a series of public lectures on science and theology, hosted at the University and at Derby Cathedral, alongside smaller discussion groups, tours exploring the history of Enlightenment science in Derby, and ‘Science in the Cathedral’ sessions. Experiments during Sunday services have been promised!
If you’d like to receive up-to-date information on the project, email Dr Alex Rock (firstname.lastname@example.org) who will add you to the project mailing list.
The Revd Canon Dr Elizabeth Thomson, Derby Cathedral’s Canon Missioner and Project Co-Director:
“This exciting programme draws on the wealth of Derby’s innovations in science and engineering. Derby Cathedral has contributed so much to this in the past, and we cannot wait to provide space for today’s innovators to explore the relationship between science and faith.”
Professor Hugh Rollinson, Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of Derby and Project Co-Director:
“The University of Derby consistently scores highly for its science provision, and we are keen to share this wealth of knowledge and experience with as many people as possible. This high-profile project will allow access to all interested to some of this country’s finest scientists, and through exploring their own relationship between their faith and their practice, we hope to inspire future generations of Derby innovation.”
7th October 2016
In My Mind’s Eye is Sarah Sharpe’s title for her exhibition throughout December and January in the Sir Richard Morris Lounge at Derby Cathedral Centre.
After training and practicing as a nurse and a counsellor Sarah changed direction in her late thirties to pursue a lifelong interest in art, winning awards in a number of significant exhibitions. ‘I work in mediums such as intaglio etching, lithography, stitch and paint, striving to make an aspect of the human condition more tangible through image and choice of medium. I am presently working on a project where I am using the woods as my studio for one full day a week. This practice is highly influential as my senses become more attuned to nature, the seasons and my passion for symbolic images and the internal imaginative process’.
The exhibition will open on 1st December and continue until 31st January 2017, Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm, closed Sundays and Bank Holidays.
16th September 2016
Congratulations go to the staff of the Cathedral Bookshop on their winning the Independent Small Retail Store of the Year award at a gala event in mid-September sponsored by Christian Resources Together. The award is much deserved recognition of all the energy and enterprise which the staff put into the bookshop.
The Revd Dr John Davies, Dean of Derby
2nd September 2016
The Music of the Landscape is Maggie Robinson’s title for her exhibition throughout November in the Sir Richard Morris Lounge at Derby Cathedral Centre. Brought up in the North Yorkshire Moors she trained as a teacher at London University. After leaving teaching she set up her own retail fashion business whilst pursuing her interest in art. She now lives in Sheffield and is an active member of Peak District Artisans. She says of her work,
‘I try to create paintings that capture the sense of place by looking for the rhythmic, melodious and harmonious qualities that abound in our beautiful English countryside. Using acrylics, charcoal, and collage, I concentrate particularly on my use of colour to create a personal interpretation that reflects my love of landscape, rich in musical elements’.
The exhibition will open on Tuesday 1st November and continue until Wednesday 30th November, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, closed Sundays.
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23 August 2016
The Queen has approved the appointment of the Very Revd Dr John Davies as Dean of Wells. Confirmation of the appointment was announced by 10 Downing Street this morning. Dr Davies succeeds the Very Revd John Clarke, who retired at the end of 2015.
The Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, Bishop of Derby, says: “John has done a superb job at Derby, establishing a strong team, masterminding significant investment in the building, including a wonderful redecoration, and making important connections across the city and county. He has established a lively Cathedral with firm foundations. We will miss him enormously – but fully support his acceptance of this new challenge. He goes with our love and prayers.”
Dr Davies says: ‘I will leave Derby Cathedral with real sadness. In six years we have achieved a lot together but the invitation to lead another Cathedral with its own challenges to face was one I could not refuse. I will preside and preach for the last time as Dean of Derby in Derby Cathedral on Tuesday 1st November, All Saints Day, in the evening.’
Dr Davies will be officially installed as Dean of Wells at a special service to be held on Sunday 20 November 2016 at Wells Cathedral.
The full text of the press release issued this morning jointly by the Dioceses of Bath & Wells and Derby is here
Derby Cathedral awarded £750,000 for once-in-a-generation roof repairs
Image: Derby Cathedral from Cathedral Green, showing the 16th century tower in front of the 18th century nave and 20th century extension. Works will take place on the roof of the nave – an architectural masterpiece by James Gibbs
21st July 2016: For immediate release
Derby Cathedral has today been awarded £750,000 from the £20m First World War Centenary Cathedrals Repair Fund for works to re-lay the lead of the nave roof. The Fund was announced in the March 2016 budget by the then Chancellor, George Osborne, to support urgent repairs to cathedrals across the country.
Lead roofs normally need re-laying once every 100 years. The technique used 50 years ago in laying the lead roof has not stood the test of time, which has shortened its life. To prevent damage to the ornate barrelled nave below the roof, the roof lead will be removed and re-cast in a local foundry, before returning to be re-laid on the Cathedral roof, preserving the Cathedral’s hugely significant history and heritage.
To protect the Cathedral while the works take place, scaffolding will envelop the north and south aisles of the nave (along College Place and the Cathedral churchyard) and a false roof will be built. It is expected that works will start in November 2016 and take less than a year to complete.
Image: The interior of Derby Cathedral’s 18th century nave. Work will not affect the interior of the Cathedral; the barrelled plaster vault hides a 20-foot-high roof void in which the work will take place. Scaffolding will be erected around the outer walls of the Cathedral. (Image Credit: Mick Griffiths)
Work will not affect the day-to-day life of the Cathedral, which will remain fully open throughout the works. The repair works will also include repairs to stonemasonry, and will provide opportunities for traditional craftspeople to showcase their work in conservation. The First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund was set up in 2014 in recognition of the significant role cathedrals play in national commemorations. Derby Cathedral has been at the centre of Derby’s commemorations, most recently with the service in the Cathedral for the centenary of the Battle of the Somme; many more events are planned, including major activity in 2018.
The Very Revd Dr John Davies, Dean of Derby, says: “This is wonderful news for Derby Cathedral. It enables us to reroof the nave, securing the Cathedral's fabric for a century to come. This is the largest single grant the Cathedral has ever received. Works are planned to begin this autumn and will take less than a year. However the life and ministry of the Cathedral will be unaffected: reroofing will go on under a false roof constructed over the present nave roof. Derby Cathedral Chapter is very grateful to the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England and to government for the grant, and I applaud the Cathedral team who worked so hard on the bid.”
Editor’s Notes Derby Cathedral is the Cathedral for Derby and Derbyshire and a city centre place of worship in the heart of Derby’s Cathedral Quarter. Originally a medieval College, the Cathedral’s Tudor bell tower is the second highest in the UK, and its Enlightenment interior houses fine examples of sculptures from that era.
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7th July 2016
Born and brought up in Northern Sweden Ingrid worked as a Psychiatric Social Worker until coming to Britain in 1980. Training in Art and Design at Manchester changed her career and since 2001 she has worked as an artist based near Buxton and a well established member of Peak District Artisans. Home is a series of mixed media reflections, one for each month of the year, on her identity as an Anglo-Swedish person in the Peak District.
‘Some of my favoured techniques include collage, monoprinting and crystalline watercolour enhancing the work with a luminous quality. The result is a three dimensional, visual representation attempting to evoke thought.’
The Exhibition will open on 1st September in the Sir Richard Morris Lounge at Derby Cathedral Centre and continue until 31st October, Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm, closed Sundays.
For further information contact Geoff Robson, Exhibitions Officer. Email: email@example.com
28th June 2016
Historic Bells of Derby Cathedral Rung Half-Muffled to Mark a Fallen Comrade
The ten bells of Derby Cathedral will ring half-muffled on Friday, July 1st, to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and the passing of a Derby-based bellringer who died in battle in 1916. The centenary is set to be marked with a service at 11am, during which the Last Post will be sounded and a period of silence will be kept. The Cathedral's bellringers will ring for 30 minutes before this service.
The Centenary is a particularly poignant moment for the Cathedral bellringers; in 1916, Pvt William John Davies was killed in action aged 22. Pvt Davies was based in Derby, and one of many bellringers who died in 1916. He was drafted to the 4th (Queens Own) Hussars, and his Service No. was 13284.
The Commemoration Service for the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme will be led by the Very Revd Dr John Davies, Dean of Derby, and the Bishop of Derby will preach. The Dalesmen Choir will provide music for the service, and all are welcome.
The special bellringing to mark the memory of Pvt William John Davies will take place on the same day between 7pm and 8pm. The Ringing Master, Martin Whiteley, leads the Cathedral's band of bellringers, who ring the centuries-old bells - the oldest ring of ten bells in the world - for services and special occasions. He said: "'Hundreds of men died in June 1916 during the build-up of forces and equipment ahead of the Somme battles. There was fighting around Ypres in Belgium and Lens in France, and no fewer than 18 bellringers died that month. Many, many more fell during the Somme battles that raged from July to November 1916 and we feel that it is appropriate to mark their passing by ringing the Cathedral bells half-muffled."
The Very Revd Dr John Davies, Dean of Derby, shares a name with the fallen soldier, by coincidence. He said: "It is poignant to share a name with one of those who died. Nearly 2,000 men of this county were killed, and 6,000 injured, and so this is a hugely important anniversary for Derby and Derbyshire."
Pictured: The Vormezeele Cemetery in Belgium where Pvt Davies is buried.
Derby Cathedral, Past and Present is the title of the exhibition in the Sir Richard Morris Lounge at Derby Cathedral Centre throughout July and August. In celebration of its recent refurbishment Juliet Goodden worked as artist in residence during December creating several works reflecting people responding to the newly refurbished interior. These will be hung along with historic pictures on loan from Derby Museums showing not only the exterior but also the interior of the Cathedral as it was during the nineteenth century. Together these pictures present an invaluable insight into the atmosphere and use of the Cathedral during two hundred years. Trained at Central St Martin’s School of Art, Juliet has considerable experience as an artist in residence and enjoys learning from those she meets while drawing in very diverse settings. One of her Derby paintings has recently been selected for the John Moores Painting Prize at the Liverpool Biennial.
The Exhibition will open on Friday 1st July, with a special launch at 5pm, and continue until Wednesday 31st August, Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm, closed Sundays and Bank Holidays.
For further information contact Geoff Robson, Exhibitions Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org
25th May 2016
Those who have visited The Grand Tour which has been in the Cathedral since early April will already have come across the work of Danielle Stevenson. As a twenty-first century response to the eighteenth century monuments in the Court and Cavendish areas she has used their sculptures as the basis for four portraits in traditional oil painting style with the background unfinished as though the work was still in progress. Throughout June you will get a chance to see the paintings she produced for her BA degree last year, work which impressed me when I made one of my regular visits to the University of Derby degree show in the Art and Design Faculty. The title she has chosen, Creative Encounters, sums up her attempt to combine traditional portrait painting techniques with contemporary imagery in the form of familiar technology.
In her artist’s statement she tells of the chief influences on her work, portraits by Joseph Wright using candle light to create chiaroscuro and the unfinished portraits of Sir Thomas Lawrence which inspired her to leave her portraits of her contemporaries unfinished to give a sense of continuity between the past, in the oil painting technique, and the present. She says of her work, ‘For this exhibition I have used a bright background colour and traditional ornamental frames to emulate Victorian display practices. For the audience I would like there to be a sense of confusion as to the time period of the painting or which time is more important in my work.’
It has always been a policy of the Cathedral to encourage young artists by giving recent graduates an opportunity to display their work. This year we are fortunate in having been able to do so in both the Cathedral and the Sir Richard Morris Lounge.
Geoff Robson (Exhibitions Officer)
18th May 2016
Did you know that, every Friday lunchtime from now until July 15th, you can enjoy a free concert in Derby Cathedral – and you can bring a packed lunch? From Shakespeare to Bach, talented singers from the Voicebox to Derby Arts Festival winners – Derby Cathedral’s Lunchtime Concert series is a varied weekly programme of free concerts in the Cathedral nave featuring some very special performers.
Designed to inspire, and to make the last lunch break of the week extra special, the Lunchtime Concert series is a hidden gem of the city. With an expanded offer of 10 concerts this year, there's a broad spectrum of music to appeal to a variety of tastes. This Friday sees Derby-based professional pianist Carolin Hlusiak present a programme of music including Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet in this Shakespeare anniversary year.
The Cathedral's Director of Music, Hugh Morris, said: "These concerts are a great way of spending a lunch hour at the end of the week. We have some first-rate musicians lined up to play; do come and discover this gem of an opportunity in Derby. Why not bring your sandwiches and join us?"
Concerts begin at 1.00pm, and last 45 minutes. Lunches and drinks are available from the Cathedral Café to bring over to the Cathedral, or attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch. Admission is free, with a retiring collection.
Image: Director of Music, Hugh Morris, tests one of the Cathedral pianos in readiness for the Lunchtime Concert series
18th April 2016
Derby Cathedral will mark HM Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday on Thursday 21 April with a special Choral Evensong at which all are welcome.
Choral Evensong will be sung by the Boys and Lay Clerks of the Cathedral Choir with music by Barry Rose, Bryan Kelly and an anthem by Johann Sebastian Bach. Evensong will be led by the Dean of Derby, the Very Revd Dr. John Davies DL, and will include special prayers for the Queen’s 90th birthday. The service begins at 6.30 pm. The flag will be flown and, after the service, the Cathedral’s ring of ten bells will be rung in further celebration. Civic guests will be in attendance and the service is open to all.
Queen Elizabeth is the first reigning British monarch to celebrate her 90th birthday. Further celebrations will take place in June 2016 when the Queen’s birthday is officially celebrated. A special civic service will be held at Derby Cathedral on 12th June 2016 at 3.00 pm.
The Dean of Derby said: “Throughout her life the Queen has given a magnificent example of public service and personal dedication. All are welcome to join in celebrating her birthday at Evensong at Derby Cathedral on 21st April.”
30th March 2016
Looking at Thorpe Cloud is what visitors to the Sir Richard Morris Lounge will be doing during April and May with help from Tony Deeming. This will be the second of Tony’s exhibitions for us and, as before, he has chosen a new subject to challenge his talents.
Tony has always combined a professional career in science with a passion for art. Having taken early retirement from a professorship of inorganic chemistry at University College London in 2006 Tony set up a studio in the double garage adjacent to his house in Ashbourne and has spent ten years working on art! Most of his current work is figurative, he runs a weekly life drawing group in Littleover, however, his scientific interest in materials has led him to explore different ways of making marks and to focus on the abstract qualities of his subjects. Hence he has always enjoyed picking a subject and working on variations, in particular variations in the manner of its representation.
He says, ‘This exhibition is largely inspired by Cezanne’s depiction of Mont Sainte-Victoire and his many drawings and paintings in watercolour and oils. Cezanne’s mountain is best viewed from one direction but Derbyshire’s hills are no less impressive and can often be viewed in the round. Thorpe Cloud has been photographed and painted many times but despite this Tony has viewed it from many directions, in different weathers and times of day and depicts it in pen and ink, monoprint, watercolour, collage and mixed media. Like Mont Sainte-Victoire, Thorpe Cloud is made of limestone and is not the highest hill in the area but both are certainly impressive in spite of over familiarity.’
There will be an opportunity to meet Tony and hear him talk about his work at the official launch of his exhibition on Friday 1st April from 5pm to 6pm in the Sir Richard Morris Lounge. The exhibition will be on show from 1st April to 31st May, Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm, closed Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Geoff Robson Exhibitions Officer
24th February 2016
As a parallel exhibition to A Derbyshire Passion, which will be seen in the Cathedral from 12th March, the Sir Richard Morris Lounge will display The Path to Calvary by Mark Cazalet. This is a set of lino cuts commissioned in 1994 to illustrate a book. It takes the traditional fourteen ‘Stations of the Cross’ and adds a fifteenth without which the others are sheer catastrophe, an image of the Resurrection, Mark Cazalet is a well established and versatile London based artist, trained at Chelsea and Falmouth Schools of Art with further experience in Paris and Baroda (India). He has received many commissions, two of the most recent being in engraved glass, a window of St Cedd for Chelmsford Cathedral and two screens for the Community of the Resurrection at Mirfield. In ‘The Path to Calvary’ the stark reality of Jesus’ sufferings is realistically portrayed without attempting either historical accuracy or sentimental effects.They present the viewer with a challenging opportunity to meditate on the events of Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
The exhibition will open on Tuesday 1st March and continue until Thursday 31st March, 9am to 5pm, closed Sundays and Bank Holidays.
For further information contact the Exhibitions Officer, Geoff Robson. Email: email@example.com
15th February 2016
Detail of Jesus Meets His Mother by Jenny Mather
Derby Cathedral will host an exhibition of fifteen works of art by Derbyshire artists this Easter. The artists have each created one of the traditional Stations of the Cross.
The works of art in ‘A Derbyshire Passion’ tell the story of the Passion – the trial and death of Jesus – with a Derbyshire eye. Visitors will be able to experience the sequence of works of art as a whole and will also see details and perspectives that are unique to these artists. The works include paintings, textiles and lettering. With a variety of skills and approaches, they unite to tell the story of Easter.
‘A Derbyshire Passion’ will be open to visitors to Derby Cathedral, free of charge, from Saturday 12th March until Thursday 31st March. The Stations of the Cross will form part of the experience of worshippers during the Cathedral’s Holy Week and Easter services.
‘We are delighted to host an exhibition on this scale and subject,’ said the Dean of Derby, the Very Reverend Dr John Davies DL, ‘and very grateful to the artists for giving us their unique perspectives on the story of Easter. For the few weeks it is with us ‘A Derbyshire Passion’ will transform the Cathedral and we hope it will also tell the story of Easter unforgettably for all our visitors.’
For details of related events during the exhibition see www.derbycathedral.org
29th January 2016
The Derby-based photographer, Ewan Mathers, will launch his new exhibition ‘The Secret Cathedral’ on Thursday February 4th, 2016. A graduate of Derby University’s famed Photography department, he has established himself as one of Derby’s leading photographers, but he also enjoys using his skills in original non-commercial ways. ‘The Secret Cathedral’ is the result of an investigation carried out over many weeks behind the scenes at Derby Cathedral, which has taken him up the Cathedral’s landmark tower, into the crypt and even behind the famous Smith of Derby clock!
‘The Secret Cathedral’ will give intriguing insights into the newly refurbished Derby Cathedral. As he says of his work, ’I try to develop images that allow the viewer to make new personal associations. The aim is always to invite the viewer to see what they may have missed. In this project I have brought my personal perspective to Derby Cathedral to accentuate features that I feel are representative elements of the whole experience of visiting this building.’
Will you recognise the features Ewan’s photographs reveal? The exhibition will launch with a free reception on Thursday February 4th, at 5pm and continue until Monday 29th February, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, closed Sundays.
Photographs by Ewan Mathers depicting the secrets of Derby Cathedral, including the medieval dog at the feet of the Sub-Dean Johnson Tomb and a small cog behind the face of Derby Cathedral’s Smith of Derby Clock.
Derby Cathedral is the Cathedral for the people of Derby and Derbyshire. Founded in 943AD, the Church of All Saints became a Cathedral in 1927. Although one of the smallest cathedrals in England, its Tudor tower is the second highest in the UK. Derby Cathedral is a gem of Enlightenment and Tudor architecture, and a centre of city, regional and national life.
The work of Pinxton musician Graham Hall will take centre stage at Sinfonia Viva’s ‘Timeless Classics’ concert at Derby Cathedral on Wednesday March 2 with the premiere of orchestrations of two well-known pieces.
Graham is Sinfonia Viva’s Principal Timpanist and an accomplished arranger and orchestrator. He has created new versions of two of the greatest 20th century blockbusters of classical music – Mahler’s 1st Symphony and Ravel’s String Quartet.
They will be performed for the first time by the Orchestra at the evening concert under the baton of Sinfonia Viva’s Principal Conductor Duncan Ward.
Graham is one of the Orchestra’s original players when it started life as the East of England Orchestra 34 years ago.
Born in 1960, Graham studied at the Royal Academy of Music under the watchful eye of James Blades. On leaving London he taught for two years in his home city of Nottingham as a peripatetic percussion tutor before going freelance as a player in 1984.
Graham will, unfortunately, not be performing with Sinfonia Viva on March 2 having had a stroke 14 months ago.
Graham Hall added: “I was encouraged to develop my arranging work by Sinfonia Viva and my work has been featured in previous New Year’s Eve Gala Concerts at the Nottingham Royal Concert Hall and at the Darley Park concerts."
“This has been by far my most ambitious piece of arranging work commissioned by Sinfonia Viva. I am looking forward to the performance and feedback from the players and audience alike."
“Since the stroke, my playing has moved onto the back burner but it has been a chance to re-orchestrate my life and increase my music preparation work."
Duncan Ward continued: “Our theme for the Derby concerts this year has been to showcase the many and varied talents within the Viva family.
“In January we highlighted soloists Adam Mackenzie and Emily Pailthorpe and I am delighted that Graham’s skills will come to the fore in the March concert with his two fantastic arrangements.
“With great sensitivity and flair, Graham has distilled Mahler’s epic symphonic forces down to an ensemble of just sixteen players – allowing us to revel in the chamber-music style counterpoint that drives this cosmically revelatory musical voyage.
“The ‘Hall magnifying glass’ is applied in the opposite direction for the Ravel.
“In this case he imagines the wider palette of sonic colours the French master may have employed had he composed this heavenly music not for string quartet but for one of every instrument in the orchestra.
“It is therefore a unique chance to hear a popular masterpiece in a distinctly new light.”
Tickets for the concert at Derby Cathedral on Wednesday March 2 starting at 7.30pm are £20 (£18 concessions) or £17 if previously booked alongside Sinfonia Viva’s January 2016 Derby Cathedral concert. Available from Derby LIVE, Tel: 01332 255800, online at www.derbylive.co.uk or in person at the Assembly Rooms box office.
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Parents of children in Years 4 and 5 asked to register support for proposed Derby Cathedral School
An application to establish Derby Cathedral School, the City’s first Church of England 11-19 secondary school, will be submitted to the Department for Education in March 2016. Parents, especially those of children currently in Years 4 and 5, are being asked to show their support for this proposal.
If approved, the school will be fully inclusive and free to attend, welcoming pupils of all abilities, from all backgrounds, of all faiths and none.
The school plans to open in the DE1 postcode area, in the vicinity of Derby Cathedral, in September 2017. Initially opening with four Year 7 classes (120 places), it will admit the same number of Year 7 pupils each year thereafter, reaching full capacity of 840 pupils when the first students reach Year 13 in 2023.
The school will offer a broad and balanced curriculum taught by qualified teachers. Its specialism in Music and Mathematics will be enhanced by strong links with the well-respected Cathedral Choir and Music Department and students will also benefit from an extended school day, excellent pastoral care and a wide range of enrichment opportunities. As Derby’s regeneration framework moves the city towards becoming the UK’s hi-tech industries capital, the school will equip students with the skills and qualifications to enable them to access high quality careers in and around the City.
Derby Cathedral School will be governed by an Academy Trust, and is a joint venture between the Derby Diocesan Academy Trust (DDAT) and Derby Cathedral.
To show your support for Derby Cathedral School, please go to the website, www.derbycathedralschool.org.uk , click on the ‘Register’ tab and complete the short form. You can also follow the school on Facebook.
Jenny Aitken graduated in Fine Art from Aberystwyth in 1998 and worked for a time in graphic design. Her first solo exhibition was in London but then she moved to Belper where she still lives. This is the third exhibition of Jenny’s work that we have hosted at Derby Cathedral Centre. In both 2007 and 2012 Jenny exhibited her distinctive interpretations of the landscape of her adopted county, Derbyshire, but this year we will be able to enjoy sparkling evocations of her birthplace in Alderney and her regular visits to Cornwall. Jenny is constantly improving her style and has an amazing ability to depict the movement of the sea and its capacity to reflect the light of the sky.
How to Read the Bible (without switching off your brain)
by Simon J. Taylor
£9.99 • paper • ISBN 978 0 281 07380 1• 17 September 2015
The book will be launched at Evensong in the Cathedral on Sunday 13th September at 6.00pm with drinks following the service.
Copies of the book will be available at a special launch day price!
This book offers Bible reading for everyone. It speaks to those who already read the Bible but find themselves asking why; and to those who don’t read the Bible but would like to if only it weren’t so strange. It explains what the Bible is, offers an overview of what is found in it, and addresses questions people ask, such as:
- Does science disprove the Bible?
- Why is there so much violence in the Bible?
- What does the Bible say about sex?
Freewheeling is Janet Mayled’s title for her exhibition throughout September in the Sir Richard Morris Lounge at Derby Cathedral Centre. Janet lives in Buxton and trained as a textile designer. ‘Bicycles are inspiring’, she says, ‘for the captivating compositions they can present, drawing your eye through the painting, breaking down elements into patterns’.
During August the Community of the Holy Name in Oakwood celebrates the 150th Anniversary of its foundation. As part of the celebration the Sir Richard Morris Lounge in Derby Cathedral Centre is hosting a display of icons by one of the Community’s long serving members, Sister Theresa Margaret. Under the title ‘Aids to Devotion’ a selection of her work will illustrate the way in which she has used her training as an artist in the service of God.
Sinfonia Viva’s concert at Derby Cathedral earlier this year will be broadcast on Classic FM on Monday July 27 at 8pm.
Soloist Samuel Jacobs joined Sinfonia Viva and their newly-appointed Principal Conductor Duncan Ward on March 18 for an exciting evening of classics.
‘Godsend’ is Jennny Mather’s title for her exhibition throughout July in the Sir Richard Morris Lounge at Derby Cathedral Centre. Jenny trained at the Slade School of Fine Art and then taught in Nigeria for ten years. Returning to Britain she obtained an MA in Art and Psychotherapy at Sheffield University and lives in Bamford, working as an art therapist as well as producing paintings of her own, often based on landscapes, either locally in the Peak District or in response to experiences gained on visits abroad.
Celebrating Magna Carta with Trouvére – Medieval Minstrels and Derby Cathedral Voluntary Choir takes place on Saturday 13th June 2015 at 7.30pm at St John’s Church, in Derby. Hugh Morris will accompany on the organ and members of the Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company will also take part. Admission is £10 and tickets are available from the Derby Cathedral Bookshop and Foulds.
The interior of the Cathedral is now nearly completed scaffolded, trenches are being dug for the new heating system, and the first steps in the redecoration project have been taken.
The Cathedral’s centre section is used for worship on Sundays, and the Cathedral is open for viewing on Saturdays (after cleaning at 9.30 am).
The Cathedral is closed Monday – Friday until the end of August – but mid week services are being said at the Bridge Chapel, or if the choir are singing, services are at St Mary’s RC Church, Bridge Gate, Derby.
Please see the music scheme on the website for details.
Dr John Davies, Dean of Derby, said today: “These are really exciting days for Derby Cathedral. And it is oddly uplifting to see the whole nave packed with people on a Sunday surrounded by scaffolding at every turn. People are being brilliant, waiting for the end of August and a new chapter in Cathedral life and ministry”.
On the 27th of March the new Nature Gallery at Derby Museum was opened. There transparent display cases in the centre of the room allow the visitor a very close up encounter with nature in all its variety, As part of the celebration Derby Cathedral Centre is hosting a joint exhibition, entitled ‘Nature’s World’ in the Sir Richard Morris Lounge throughout May and June. On one wall a pair of perspex cabinets display some exquisite floral paintings on porcelain by Derby’s nineteenth century china artists. These items from the Museum collection are rarely seen so take advantage of the opportunity. The other wall allows us to see some superb watercolours of flowers by botanical artist, Cheryl Wilbraham. Cheryl is a member of the Society of Botanical Artists and a Royal Horticultural Society Silver Medal winner. Her work, however, goes well beyond the formal requirements of accurate depiction. Instead she tries to capture the beauty and delicacy of each flower giving it a living character through her sensitive use of her medium.
The bells at Derby Cathedral will be ringing out on Sunday 3rd May to celebrate an important anniversary. Three hundred years ago, in May 1715, ‘eight gentlemen, good and true’ met at the church of St Peter Mancroft in Norwich and rang the bells continuously for more than three hours to achieve the first ever ‘peal’ on church bells. A peal consists of more than 5000 different combinations or ‘changes’ that have to be rung in a precise order, such that each change sounds slightly different from every other one. The peal has since become the standard performance piece for bell ringers and thousands of different peals have been rung since that ground-breaking achievement in East Anglia.
Thursday 23rd April is, of course, St George’s Day and the bells of Derby Cathedral will be ringing out in the evening to mark the anniversary of this popular patron saint. The sole Patron Saint of England, St George was first bestowed the honour of sainthood in 494AD by the Pope, an honour venerated by many different traditions.
Notice of venue change, during the refurbishment period,
April – September.
Morning services (inc. Saturdays) and 1.05 pm Holy Communion will take place at the Bridge Chapel.
Evening Services: Sung Evensong on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday will take place at St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church.
Evening Services (said): will take place at the Bridge Chapel.
Daily services are listed on the SERVICES page of the website.
We have all heard the bells ringing as we pass a church or cathedral, but have you ever wondered how it’s done?
Derby Cathedral would like to invite you to find out more about this unique form of music-making at its annual Bellringers’ Tower Open Day, which is taking place on Bank Holiday Easter Monday 6th April.
All through the day, visitors to the Cathedral will be able to tour the tower, watch change ringing demonstrations and try ringing a real bell under careful supervision.
April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day, a day sanctioned by the United Nations. Each year iconic buildings across the globe, such as the Sydney Opera House, Leaning Tower of Pisa and Empire State Building are lit blue, to highlight the Awareness of Autism. This year Autism Awareness Derby UK & Derby Cathedral are delighted to announce that the Cathedral will be taking part and its tower will be lit blue.
Holy Week 2015
The Bishop of Derby will soon be giving three Holy Week addresses at the Cathedral, details as below. He will be seeking to link the story of Christ’s passion and death with themes connected with good government and the forthcoming general election.
The Cathedral will be hosting a variety of services for all who are interested to gather round the Bishop and hear some of his interpretation. There will be free parking in the Cathedral car park or on Iron Gate, just outside the Cathedral.
From 8th April until the end of August Derby Cathedral will be closed from Monday to Friday to undertake a major refurbishment. The Cathedral will be re-lit and re-wired and the heating system will be overhauled. The Cathedral will then be completely redecorated.
Derby Cathedral will be open on Saturdays and Sundays for visits and worship as normal.
Services will continue as normal on Monday to Friday but will take place in either the Bridge Chapel on Sowter Road or St Mary’s Church on Bridge Gate.
Please do call the Cathedral Office if you wish to find out more about the refurbishment.