Ascension and Pentecost

The Cathedral Eucharist

The Cathedral Eucharist will be streamed at 10.45 am on Sunday 24th May, the Seventh Sunday of Easter.  You can watch on the Cathedral's Facebook page and follow the order of service

The preacher is the Revd Richard Andrews, Canon Precentor. The sermon will be included in the stream and you can also read it here

Thy Kingdom Come: ten days of prayer from Ascension to Pentecost. Find out more here and watch Bishop Libby's video about five ways to join in. 

On Sunday 31st May, Pentecost, the Cathedral Eucharist will be streamed at 10.45 am. You can watch on the Cathedral's Facebook page and the order of service will be posted here. The president is the Bishop of Derby and the preacher is the Revd Dr Elizabeth Thomson, Acting Dean.  

At 6.30 pm on Sunday 31st May the ecumenical Thy Kingdom Come service will be streamed and a link will be posted here.  



Choral Evensong from the archive: listen to a recording of Choral Evensong from 2004 from Derby Cathedral. 

Listen to Music for Eastertide sung by the Cathedral Choir.

Dic nobis Maria - Bassano
This joyful Easteride - Wood
Easter Anthems - Plainson
Ye choirs of new Jerusalem - Stanford
I know that my redeemer liveth - Handel

Compline for Eastertide is led by the Canon Precentor and sung by the Lay Clerks of the Cathedral Choir. Click below to listen and here to follow the order of service. 

Morning Prayer
Morning Prayer is streamed live from the Clergy’s houses at 8.30 am from Monday to Friday . You can find this on the Cathedral's Facebook page. The order of service can be followed here or on the free Daily Prayer app for Android/iOs phones. 

Prayer Diary: May 2020

Easter Reflections
The lockdown interrupted the Lent series of sermons at Evensong in which each speaker reflected on a hymn written by John Bell and Graham Maule. The texts of those sermons, including the two that were never preached, will be posted here from Easter Monday onwards. 

1. Jesus Christ is waiting - a reflection by the Revd Sheana Barby:  read the reflection and listen to the hymn
2. Lord Jesus Christ, shall I stand still? - a reflection by the Revd James Durrant: read the reflection 


John Bell: Addresses for Holy Week

These are the talks John Bell would have given in Derby Cathedral in Holy Week 2020 - the Cathedral is very grateful to him for supplying the texts, which you can read below. The lockdown made it impossible for John to record the talks, but you can listen to them read by the Acting Dean here as a podcast.  

The Consequences of Being Human (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Holy Week)
Touched by Pain
Troubled by Religion
Treasured by Women

A Reflection for Maundy Thursday

Five Last Words from the Crowd (Good Friday)
1. Crucify him!
2. Hail, King of the Jews!
3. The sound of weeping
4. Come down!
5. Let God rescue him


Cathedral Worship during the Coronavirus lockdown
There are no services in the Cathedral, and the Cathedral building is closed.

Cathedral Worship continues online, with livestreamed services and online resources. Resources for Sunday are above. 

Listen to the Cathedral's bells.

Daily Prayer
Click here for an order of service for a short simple Daily Prayer during Passiontide.

More Resources

Follow the Cathedral on Twitter or Facebook (@DerbyCathedral) and you’ll find prayers as well as news of what's going on. 

Sign up for The Flag, the Cathedral's email newsletter, for news and resources in your inbox every Friday.

Derby Cathedral Flag Friday 22nd May

The Cathedral's sermon archive is here, with lots of talks and other articles to browse.

The Church of England has worship you can watch and prayer resources. The Diocese of Derby has news and resources from around the Diocese.

BBC Radio broadcasts a Daily Service and Sunday Worship. Search for them on BBC Sounds on your computer or use the BBC Sounds smartphone app. You can even listen on the radio – but you need LW for the Daily Service, at 9.45 am every weekday. Sunday Worship is at 8.10 am on FM. If you have a digital radio (DAB) you should be able to get both.

BBC Radio 3 also broadcasts a service of Choral Evensong from different cathedrals and churches around the country at 3.30 pm every Wednesday, repeated at 3.00 pm the following Sunday.

If you have suggestions for more resources and links for worship and prayer, let us know!


Resources for Holy Week at Home

Resources for children and families

Holy Week resources for all ages from the Diocese of Derby

Easter activities for young people from Derby Cathedral School

The Visual Commentary on Scripture is offering a daily reflection during Holy Week, focusing on three artworks every day. 

Watch a Procession of Palms around the whole Diocese of Derby here.

Resources and ideas for Maundy Thursday at Home 

A Hymn Sing Along will be live-streamed from the Director of Music's House at 11.00am on Thursday 9th April. Join Alexander Binns live from home as he leads a Hymn Sing Along session with your favourite Passiontide hymns including 'When I survey the wondrous cross' and 'The servant King'. The words of the hymns can be found here.

Maundy Thursday Order of Service

A recipe for flatbread for Maundy Thursday

Resources and ideas for Good Friday at Home

Screenshot 2020 04 10 at 07.25.25The Passion Gospel tells the story of the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus. This year eighteen different cathedrals – including Derby (listen out for Canon Richard!) – have collaborated to record it. You can find it here or on the Cathedral’s Facebook page. The text is from the Gospel according to Matthew, chapter 26.36 to chapter 27.61.

Listen to The Reproaches, the antiphon and verses which are a traditional part of the prayers on Good Friday. The words are here and an audio version has been recorded by the Canon Precentor, the Revd Richard Andrews, and his wife Alison. You can listen to the recording and join in with the parts printed in bold type.

The Reproaches audio

Concluding Worship for Good Friday 

Compline for Passiontide
Compline (Night Prayer) for Passiontide is led by the Canon Precentor and sung by the Lay Clerks of the Cathedral Choir. Click below to listen and here to follow the order of service. 

 Listen to Music for Passiontide sung by the Cathedral Choir. 

Rumours of Hope is an online Easter Vigil with fourteen short acts of worship - music, reflection, prayer, Scripture, with people from all across the country (including Derby's Canon Precentor). 

At dawn on Easter Day the First Eucharist of Easter was streamed by the Bishop of Derby from her garden. You can watch on Bishop Libby's Facebook page

The Cathedral Eucharist was live-streamed at 10.45 am on Easter Day. You can watch on the Cathedral's Facebook page and the order of service is here:
Cathedral Eucharist for Easter Day: order of service


The Cathedral is closed

Following Government advice, the Cathedral is closed to the public from 24th March until further notice. However, online worship will continue with resources on this website and live-streaming here. Join others in the Cathedral community in prayer. Continue to pray for people who are worried, for medical staff, for people making hard decisions.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” (John 14.27)

Cathedral Services

Public worship has been suspended, following the guidance from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York published on 17th March 2020. So there are no public services on weekdays or Sundays and the building is closed. The Cathedral clergy are continuing to say Morning and Evening Prayer every day at home.

Morning Prayer is live-streamed at 8.30 am Monday to Friday. You can watch here, live at the time or later on. The link will take you to the Cathedral's Facebook page. You don't have to be a Facebook user or be logged in to Facebook to watch (you do if you want to comment).

You can follow the words of Morning Prayer here (Morning Prayer Contemporary) or you can download the free smartphone app Daily Prayer. 

Arrangements for a live-streamed Sunday service will be announced shortly. You will be able to watch here, live at the time or later on. The link will take you to the Cathedral's Facebook page, and you can watch the Cathedral Eucharist for last Sunday, Mothering Sunday. You don't have to be a Facebook user or be logged in to Facebook to watch (you do if you want to comment).

For people at home

You will find online resources here for worship and prayer. More resources for prayer will be on this website and the Cathedral’s social media in upcoming days.

If you don’t already get email news from the Cathedral, you can click here and register to get updates.

And if you know of someone at home who’s not online and would like to stay in touch, phone them for a chat. Or, if you don’t have their number, let the Cathedral know (email and we will try to be in touch with them by phone.

Are services or events cancelled?

Check the What’s On pages for updates on this.

Elizabeth Thomson

Acting Dean

Last updated Tuesday 24th March 2020

Saturday, 01 February 2020 00:08

The Revd Geraldine Pond

Saturday, 01 February 2020 00:03

The Revd Dr Alan Flintham

Alan returned to Derby Cathedral in 2015, having previously been Lay Reader there in the 1990’s. In the intervening years he was an Associate Priest in the Melbourne Benefice of South Derbyshire. As Chaplain he supports the governance work of the Cathedral Chapter by advising and minuting its meetings.

Alan has a long-standing interest and involvement in education, having been a secondary school headteacher, a university honorary research fellow and an internationally recognised writer on education leadership and how school leaders may be sustained in its ethical, moral and spiritual dimensions. He is also a Churchill Fellow. Married to Jean, with two adult sons, they enjoy hill walking together.

Friday, 31 January 2020 23:58

Michael Scott

Michael joined Derby Cathedral as Head Verger in May 2019.

Michael originally comes from Jarrow in the North East and has many years experience as a Verger, having held the post of Verger at St Paul’s church Knightsbridge, St Leonard’s church Wollaton, and Salisbury Cathedral, he has also worked as Head Verger at Manchester Cathedral and most recently as Head Verger at Nottingham City Parish.
Michael is married to Karen and they have adult, identical twin daughters

Friday, 31 January 2020 23:52

Alison Andrews

Bio for Keeper of the Treasures

Alison was born in Derby and lived in the city until moving away to Bedfordshire in 2005 when her husband (Canon Richard) was appointed as Team Rector of Dunstable.  Alison worked in Derby for many years as a mental health occupational therapist, a role she continued with when living in Dunstable.  She is a keen gardener and flower arranger, as well as enjoying other creative interests such as sewing.  Since becoming a member of the cathedral congregation Alison has joined the Serving team and the Social Committee.  She is pleased to return to her home city where she still has family members.

Friday, 31 January 2020 23:42

Tim Smith

Bio for Head Server

Tim has worshipped at the Cathedral for ten years and now leads the team of lay volunteers who assist the clergy in both regular and special services. He is also involved in several other areas of Cathedral life and is currently custodian of the Bridge Chapel. Away from the Cathedral he, and his wife Carol, manage their massive garden and enjoy walking, cycling, holidays and the odd pint of real ale.

Wednesday, 09 October 2019 08:46

Alexander Binns

Director of Music

Alexander joined Derby Cathedral as Director of Music in April 2019, where he is responsible for the operation of the Cathedral’s Music Department and directing the Cathedral Choir. Before moving to Derby Alexander spent three years as Assistant Director of Music at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Suffolk.

Alexander is a prize winning graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studied the organ with David Titterington and Susan Landale and conducting with Patrick Russill and Paul Brough. Alongside his studies at the Academy Alexander held the organ scholarships at Southwark Cathedral, the Royal Hospital Chelsea and St Marylebone Parish Church. Prior to studies in London Alexander held the organ scholarship at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. As an organist Alexander has performed at Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Royal Festival Hall, Snape Maltings and abroad in France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Poland and the Netherlands. He has played with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the European Union Youth Orchestra and the Monteverdi String Band and performed under the batons of Marin Alsop, Gianandrea Noseda and Trevor Pinnock.

Alexander is married to Dora, a professional violinist, and they have a one year old son, Peter. Dora and Alexander co-founded the Apollon Duo, a violin and organ duo which explores the repertoire for this seldom heard combination of instruments.

Tuesday, 03 September 2019 21:29

The Knife Angel in Derby

The National Monument Against Violence and Aggression

Outside Derby Cathedral - until Tuesday 29 October 2019

It's a sad fact that knife crime is rising across the country.  

The Knife Angel’s presence in Derby is very much a symbol of the hard work of partners and communities across Derbyshire to halt this rise.

You can show your support and join us in standing up to knife crime. If you have any information, report it to police on 101 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

If you are a young person you can find out more about knife crime by visiting:  

>> See pictures from the Knife Angel civic launch on Flickr


The spectacular, 27 feet high sculpture is made from around 100,000 bladed weapons collected in knife amnesties during police surrenders across the country.

The Angel was created by the British Ironwork Centre with sculptor Alfie Bradley. 

Relatives of those killed by knife crime were invited to engrave the blades with names and messages for their loved ones as part of the sculpture.

The Knife Angel has visited many cities in the UK and is in Derby throughout most of October.

Rachel Webb, whose 22-year-old son, Tom, was killled in St Peter’s Street, Derby, after being stabbed by a 16-year-old in 2016, has been instrumental in bringing the Angel to Derby.

In the year that Tom was killed, Rachel supported a knife surrender held across Derbyshire and knives from this were donated towards the creation of this sculpture.

Derby Cathedral is pleased to be hosting the sculpture for the duration of its stay in the city, but many organisations have worked together to make the visit to Derby possible.

More on the Knife Angel

>> Rachel's Story

>> FAQs

>> See pictures from the Knife Angel civic launch on Flickr

>> Thank Yous

Wednesday, 07 August 2019 09:21

Composition Competition

Click here for the competition application form

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