Baptism for babies and children takes place in a service often called a Christening. In this service parents thank God for his gift of life, make a decision to start their child on a journey of faith and godparents promise help and support. The church also promises to welcome the child and to pray for the family.
For your child, being baptized at a Christening marks the start of a lifelong journey of faith as part of the local and worldwide Christian family.
If you would like to find out more about Baptisms please contact the Derby Cathedral Office on 01332 341201 or email email@example.com
Wherever and whenever you choose to get married, you make a public declaration of life-long commitment to love each other faithfully and take on a whole new legal status as husband and wife. It is a considerable commitment to make. Derby Cathedral, as part of The Church of England, thoroughly believes in marriage for the wellbeing of individuals and society. If you have found 'the one', and you are committed to each other in every respect, there is so much more adventure ahead. Derby Cathedral would be thrilled to be part of that adventure too.
If you are interested in getting married at Derby Cathedral please do ring the Cathedral Office where you can arrange to talk to a member of clergy about your possible wedding. You can contact the Cathedral Office on 01332 341201 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can then arrange to come along to a Sunday service to meet with them to discuss the wedding in more detail.
Derby Churches Night Shelter started in winter 2013 in response to a severe cut in funding for homeless beds by Derby City Council announed in April 2013. The Night Shelter runs from December through to the end of March each year.
Working together to meet the urgent need for safe overnight accommodation for Derby's street homeless, seven church venues in or near the city centre open one night per week in rotation - Derby Cathedral is the venue on a Monday evening. Volunteers provide a warm welcome and a substantial meal for 35 guests. Paid overnight staff then take over as guests slepp in sleeping bags on mattresses on the church floor.
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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.