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Derby Cathedral and the Friends of Cathedral Music are inviting composers to submit a new setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis The Derby Service to celebrate the FCM National Gathering at Derby in June 2020. The winning work will be premiered at Evensong on Sunday 14th  June 2020 by Derby Cathedral Choir as part of the Gathering. 

An award of £1000 and the possibility of the work being published by Encore Publications will be given to the composer of the winning entry!

For details of how to submit your entry, please see the attached flier. 

The Museum of the Moon is in Derby Cathedral from Monday, 16th September until Sunday, 6th October.

This includes Derby Festé, on 27th and 28th September and this year's theme of Moon, Space and Tides.

This stunning installation combines sounds and light to bring you a fascinating glimpse of our nearest neighbour and is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram.

It fuses lunar imagery, moonlight and a wonderful surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award-winning composer Dan Jones.

Derby Cathedral would like to thank Derby Festé and Déda for their help in bringing the Museum of the Moon to Derby.

>> Download: The Museum of the Moon leaflet [PDF]

Opening times

Derby Cathedral will be open each day from 9 am until 10pm every day for you to come and see Museum of the Moon for yourself.

However, please be aware that services in the Cathedral will continue as normal. During the services, you may be asked to respect periods of quiet or silence - though of course you are also welcome to join any of our services while you are visiting.

Please note:
The Cathedral will  be closed on Tuesday, 17th September between 12.30 pm and 2.30 pm.
There will be ticket-only access on the evening of Wednesday, 25th September for the D-Day Darlings concert (see below).
Access will also be restricted during the two Bishop's Badge services on Sunday, 22nd and Sunday, 29th September between 3pm and 4.30pm, and during the Reader Licensing service on Sunday, 6th October between 3pm and 4.30pm.

There is no charge to come into the Cathedral.

Donations would be greatly appreciated to help us cover our costs and to help keep the Cathedral doors open.
Donations can be made in cash, using the wooden collection boxes, or by card, using the contactless card station - both can be found at the back of the Cathedral.

Moon Facts

  • The Museum of the Moon in Derby Cathedral measures 7 metres in diameter.
  • The moon features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface.  
  • The sacle of the moon is approximately 1:500,000, so each centimetre of the internally lit, spherical sculpture represents 5 km of the Moon’s surface!
  • It is made from a fire-resistant, white fabric with the imagery printed onto its surface.
  • To keep the moon inflated, it has a small fan embedded into its north pole.
  • Once inflated, it weighs 40 kg.
  • To date, 17,000 images have been posted on Instagram.  Help us make it 18,000 by using #Museumofthemoon

Moon activities

Tuesday 17th September, 6.45pm
Mindfulness Under the Moon - SOLD OUT

Experience a once-in-a life-time opportunity of a guided mindfulness session under Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon, in the stunning setting of Derby Cathedral.

Come relax, unwind and find that peace within as the mind rests and relaxes with certified Mindfulness tutor Pam Sidhu.

With a relaxed mind we will then experience the present moment by bringing our awareness into the here and now using a range of Mindfulness techniques including a guided meditation.

Please contact Deda Box Office for more information - 01332 370911


Friday 20th September, 7pm
Poetry Event with Trevor Wright


Wednesday 25th September, 7pm
The D-Day Darlings

Britain’s Got Talent finalists, the D-Day Darlings, will be here to perform under the Moon!
Tickets are only £10.00 and available from
Fully licensed bar also available.


Friday 27th September, 6pm
One Moon

Would you like to be part of something really special at Derby Festé this year, celebrating our humanity and diversity?

We are all humans living under One Moon!

Hubbub, along with 200 people from Derby communities will come together to create a ‘Human Wave of Connection' between the Cathedral and the banks of the River Derwent.

Come and join in the Cathedral at 6pm where there will be live hang pan and cello music with Hubbub movement performance under the moon.... everyone is welcome!

We will then lead people out of the Cathedral to create the Human Wave down to the river, down which a bio-degradable mini-moon will travel.

A drumming circle and dancing will celebrate the finale of this event and the Festé evening will continue with more amazing events.

We'd love you to join us!


Saturday, 28th September

If you're in Derby for the Festé events, it's a great time to pop in and see the Museum of the Moon!

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Wednesday 25th September 2019, 7.30 pm

The Britain's Got Talent finalists are performing at Derby Cathedral on Wednesday 25th September.

The D Day Darlings will perform under The Museum of the Moon.

Their set list will feature songs from their debut album "I'll Remember You" and many more wartime classics.

Come and join us for a truly unforgettable night.

Tickets £10 available from

Friday 4th & Saturday 5th October 2019

Derby Cathedral are thrilled to welcome back  Derby Folk Festival.

We really hope that you can join us, for either a full weekend of fabulous music, or even just a few concerts. This year’s format gives a range of opportunities to continue the fuller festival experience, or to pick and choose the individual concerts that you’d like to see.

Tickets available from Derby Live at


Saturday 2nd November 2019, 7.30pm

Mozart's Requiem remained unfinished at the time of his death in 1791. Duncan Druce, himself a composer, completed this edition in 1984 in a sensitive and interesting reinterpretation of this great choral favourite.
We are pleased to present a mixed programme in which the Derby Bach Orchestra make their own distinctive contribution.

Mozart: Requiem (Druce edition)
Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
Michael Haydn: Te Deum
Weber: Clarinet Concertino in E flat

Conductor Richard Roddis
​Derby Bach Orchestra Leader: Derek Williams

Tickets available from
Reserved seat in centre nave £20
Unreserved seat in inner side aisle £16
Unreserved seat in outer side aisle £10
Students £5
Accompanied under 16s FREE

Friday 22nd November 2019, 7.00 pm

The Sanctuary welcome Sam Callahan.

Sam is a 24 year old singer/songwriter from Essex. 

 He’s been performing since he was eight and he started writing his own music when he was just twelve. Intent, even then, on pursuing a career in the music industry.

 In 2013 Sam made it through to the live finals of the UK's X Factor and after getting to the final six he earned his place on the X Factor Arena Tour. 

 Sam says “The X Factor was an incredible experience but it wasn’t an entirely true representation of who I really am. Now I need to show the world what I’m really about and who I am as an artist in today's music industry”.

 Since then, Sam has been performing as an artist non-stop to packed venues all around the world. 

 Sam says, "My music comes straight from the heart, all written and composed by myself, there couldn't be a better representation of myself as an artist.”

 Planning to release new music after selling out Headline gig in London in November 2018, Sam's had a busy holiday season and has big things planned for 2019.

Tickets £10 available from Derby Live at

Friday 29th November 2019

7.30pm (doors 6.45pm)

Touring their ever-popular festive programme, London Concertante travel the length and breadth of the country presenting treats from across Europe to get you in the mood for mulled wine, mince pies, and baubles.



Strauss – Die Fledermaus Overture
Tchaikovsky – Nutcracker Suite
Strauss – Trisch-trasch polka
Tchaikovsky - Waltz from Sleeping Beauty
Brahms - Hungarian Dance No. 5
Schubert - Rondo for Violin & Strings
Strauss – Blue Danube Waltz

Tchaikovsky’s elegant Nutcracker Suite leads on from Brahms’ serious Hungarian Dance No.5, before Strauss II introduces us to the boundless exuberance of the Polish March in his Trisch-Trasch Polka. In the concert’s penultimate work Tchaikovsky transports the evening to the magical halls of snowy Tsarist Russia with a regal waltz from his ballet Sleeping Beauty. The evening reaches its climax with the famous Blue Danube Waltz, not only proving the crowning jewel of a fabulous night’s worth of music, but the coronation of Johann Strauss II as the master of the Viennese waltz!

Tickets priced at £29/£25/£19 available from

Wednesday 11th December 2019, 7.30pm

Experience sumptuous harmonies in an idyllic, festive setting...

After sell-out tours in 2017 & 2018, G4 return in 2019 with their biggest and best Christmas tour to date!

With a series of 28 shows in beautiful venues nationwide, join Jonathan, Lewis, Mike and Duncan as they recall the musical experiences of their childhoods.

Expect to hear timeless classics such as When A Child is Born, Silent Night and All I Want For Christmas, as well as delightful medleys to evoke the Christmas spirit, all delivered exquisitely in some of the UK's most iconic historical venues.

Tickets are available from
VIP tickets are available, including a pre-show Meet & Greet with G4 at 6pm for all  "G4Christmas" tour dates.


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