When the Cathedral reopens in September 2015 after its major interior refurbishment, once again there will be lots to see.
Derby Cathedral has one of the tallest church towers in the country, and there are regular tower tours. Bess of Hardwick, together with many members of the Cavendish family, have their memorials here. There is a treasury with lots of Cathedral and diocesan silver. The Bakewell Screen and two windows by Ceri Richards are deservedly very famous, drawing international attention.
The interior of the Cathedral, presently being redecorated, is an Enlightenment triumph, filled with light, wonderfully surprising to those who expect religious gloom!
Do come to visit! There were nearly 50,000 visitors last year, and all are welcome. There is a café, and bookshop, opposite the Cathedral. And the Bridge Chapel is less than a five minute walk away.
Our welcomers will greet you as you enter the Cathedral and we also have a team of experienced guides who will be very happy to take you on a tour of the Cathedral. To organise a visit to the Cathedral please call the Cathedral office on 01332 341201 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Derby Cathedral aims to promote musical excellence. On a day-to-day basis, this is fulfilled by the singing of the cathedral choirs, who enrich the regular round of worship with their singing, renowned for its excellence. But they also sing for special occasions, have broadcast on BBC Radios 2, 3, and 4, and sing in a variety of concerts, both in the Cathedral and further afield. Recent collaborations have included singing with The Sixteen, and Jethro Tull. Tours to venues across the UK and abroad form a memorable part of the choir’s schedule. The cathedral choir also works to support music-making in the whole of the Derby diocese.
The top (treble) line of the choir is sung by the boys choir and the girls choir. Both choirs have a maximum of 20 places. Boys ideally join at the age of 7 or 8 and continue until their voices change. Girls join from Y5 at the age of 9 or 10 and continue until they reach the end of schooling aged 18.
Many of our choristers have gone on to do great things in music in the wider world and they look back on their time in Derby as being the best musical education that they could receive. The experience of the discipline and musical standards required by membership of the choir is second to none and friendships built during this time can prove to be lifetime links.
The Lay Clerks are a group of 12 skilled singers contributing the alto, tenor and bass lines underneath the trebles of the boys or girls. Many of the current Lay Clerks are ex-trebles and some are still at school, others have full-time employment from a variety of occupations in and around Derby. Enquiries from singers interested in becoming a Lay Clerk are welcome. We are also now pleased to offer choral scholarships to students at university in Derby and Nottingham. For further details, please contact Hugh Morris, Director of Music email@example.com or click HERE
For more details of the full choir weekly schedule, click here
Cathedral Music Scheme click here to see what's on.
The Cathedral's Junior Choir is open to children (boys and girls) aged 7+. It rehearses weekly on Mondays from 6.15-7.00, singing in occasional services in the Cathedral and at other events. It performs a wide range of sacred and secular music, includes work with percussion instruments, and is an ideal way to help young voices develop confidence and build skills. Children can join the choir at any point through the year. An application form can be downloaded HERE
The Voluntary Choir is an all-adult group who rehearse on Friday evenings, and sing on some of the Sundays and other occasions when the Cathedral Choir is on holiday or unavailable. Enquiries for membership are welcome: please contact the Assistant Director of Music, Ed Turner firstname.lastname@example.org
Visiting Choirs are warmly welcomed to the Cathedral to sing Evensong on Saturdays throughout the year or to sing Sunday services during school holiday periods. Please see the Visiting Choirs page click here.
Welcome from The Very Revd. Dr. Stephen Hance, Dean of Derby
Welcome! Thank you for exploring this website where you will find lots of information about Derby Cathedral, one of Derby’s most beautiful and historic sites as well as the home of a vibrant Christian community and the venue for many exciting and innovative events today. I am so glad you are here!
Worship has been offered on this site for more than a thousand years, and the present building goes back nearly three hundred years with a tower which is considerably older. Inside the Cathedral you will find important monuments of Derby’s past, such as the tomb of Bess of Hardwick, the wrought iron screen by Robert Bakewell, and the memorial of Florence Nightingale. You will also find a place to be still and prayerful, either by yourself – the tiny St. Katherine’s Chapel in the crypt is perfect for this – or in one of the daily services, many of which include wonderful choral music. You can book a tour to the top of the tower and glimpse stunning views of Derby, or attend one of the many events which take place here each month. Many events, all services, and admission to the building are all free.
In 2017 we celebrated ninety years since All Saints’ Church was hallowed as a cathedral with the creation of the new Diocese of Derby. Over these ninety years, Derby Cathedral has sought to serve the bishops and parishes of the Diocese, together with all who live and work in the city and county.
We do this because of our faith in the God who we see most fully in the person of Jesus Christ. We have come to believe in Jesus not just as an inspiring figure from history, but as a living reality in the world and in our own lives today. We seek to reflect the love of God as fully as we can in all we say and do, in the hope that everyone we meet may know that God loves them too.
Do come and visit Derby Cathedral, and find out more about this wonderful place and the faith and the people who make it tick. Whoever you are, you are most welcome here.
With every good wish,
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.
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Within the Church of England, a diocese is a geographical area representing a regional worshipping community in the UK.
The Bishop of Derby has certain responsibilities for this whole area. Two Archdeacons who each supervise half of the Diocese assist the Bishop in these responsibilities. The two halves are therefore called Archdeaconries: the Northern, or Chesterfield Archdeaconry, and; the Southern, or Derby Archdeaconry.
The Diocese is then split further into 16 Deaneries, or smaller regions, each with a Rural Dean who can assist the Archdeacon in his role. They have special responsibilities in their region and are usually also parish priests.
Finally, each deanery is split into parishes. Each parish has a priest-in-charge or a vicar, although some parishes are joined with others under one priest and these are called united benefices.
Meet your Bishop
|The Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, Lord Bishop of Derby
Bishop Alastair came to Derbyshire from the Diocese of Lincoln where he was the Bishop of Grantham.
As the Suffragan (or 'number two') Bishop in the Lincoln Diocese, Bishop Alastair already had eight years' experience of bishop's duties and an impressive resumé of expertise and knowledge in the areas of theology, church history, social justice, training clergy and developing the spiritual life and faith of lay Christians.
As well as having a broad range of experience in these and other areas of Church leadership, Bishop Alastair is also an accomplished lecturer, teacher, speaker and writer of books and papers on a variety of Christian themes, including the recently republished 'Being Anglican'.
In wider community circles he has volunteered for several roles throughout his ordained ministry, including work in night shelters for the homeless, working with Oxfam and Christian Aid, being a member of a steering group for regeneration in Lincolnshire communities and contributing to local radio, to name but a few.
In March 2005, at the time of his appointment as Bishop of Derby, he said: "In this day and age the Church recognises that it is important to be open to different ways of reaching out into the heart of community life, responding to human need at many levels. I have considered Derby's quite radical but realistic strategy for that mission and ministry in this part of the country, and this provides an excellent foundation on which to build. I am looking forward to following through with this work, while listening and learning at the same time. I am committed to a partnership style of working, so I am keen to come together with colleagues, fellow Christians and a whole host of people who want to make positive changes in Derbyshire."
Our Vision and Priorities
The Bishop's Council set itself the task of developing mission, ministry and discipleship in the Diocese of Derby. This was the outcome of a working day at Eyam in February 2002.
Ever since the Ministry Strategy, A Better Way, was adopted by the Diocesan Synod in March 1998, the Bishop's Council has wanted to focus successively on selected tasks in promoting the proposed developments.
The starting point was provided by the Diocesan Purpose and Vision statements which were affirmed by Synod and addressed by A Better Way:
Purpose: To love and worship God in unity with other Christians offering witness and service to those communities in which we live and work.
Vision: To be a Christian community recognised as experiencing and sharing God's salvation.
• Enabling evangelism and witness
As a result of this development there is much work to be done by Diocesan Boards and Councils and their related Advisers and Officers. First of all there is the need to consider how work in these three areas in parishes and beyond might be significantly resourced and enhanced.
The Bishop has often been challenged by those who have expressed a hope that the Diocese as a whole - parishes and people - might feel they have a sense of direction, of 'going somewhere'. These three priorities offer scope not only to focus the work of diocesan organisations and personnel, but also to inspire our prayer and life at large -through and beyond the remaining events in 2002.
May these priorities encourage us, in the words of the 75th Anniversary prayer, to 'open our eyes to a vision of tomorrow that will bring hope and faith in your world'.
For many years now, our feathered friends, nesting in the Cathedral tower have gathered quite a following.
A young pair of Peregrine Falcons first nested at Derby Cathedral in 2006 when a small wooden ledge was installed on the East face of the tower. In the following months three chicks were raised there. Those chicks fledged and left the city that summer and two more were raised in 2007. It was then that two web cams were installed, broadcasting the progress of the Peregrines through the day and night to hundreds of thousands of people from Derby to Timbuktu! A further two have since been added. So far over 3.5 million hits from over 70 countries have been recorded!
Click the link below to join the Peregrines and follow their progress through the 2016 nesting and breeding season on the web cam as well as via the official blog which gives the latest news.
Between late May and early July each summer, Watch Point events are held on Cathedral Green to allow visitors a close-up look at the chicks though telescopes. Details will be on the blog nearer the time.
The Derby Peregrine project is a joint partnership between Derby Cathedral, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and The Cathedral Quarter and Derby City Council’s IT team.
To find out what the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust does to manage and support The Derby Cathedral Peregrine Project please follow the link to www.derbyshirewildlifetrust.org.uk