Wednesday, 12 June 2013 21:47

Organ Pilgrimage



 Images from left to right: The Organ at Dethick Church and one of the many trains Peter has travelled on on his travels.


Derby Cathedral’s Master of Music, Canon Peter Gould, has embarked
on a unique tour across the Diocese of Derby visiting all the Anglican
churches with pipe organs and playing each for around 15 minutes
over the next 12 months.  We will be following Peter on his adventures and he will give us regular
updates of his progress which will appear on this page

Peter said “I intend to do a Deanery at a time and play each
organ for about 15 minutes, some Bach plus something suitable for the

He added: “I hope that local congregations, visitors and school parties
will all be encouraged to listen and give a donation at the end which
will be shared 50/50 with the local music and the Cathedral music

So far Peter has raised a total of £294. His next visits are listed below;

15th May

10.00am                Edale

11.00am                 Hope

11.30am                Castleton

12.00noon            Bradwell

1.45pm                  Bamford

2.15pm                  Hathersage

2.45pm                  Grindelford

1st June

9.45am                  Crich

10.30am                South Wingfield

11.00am                Shirland

11.30am                Morton

12.00noon            Stonebroom

1.00pm                  Tibshelf

1.30pm                  Blackwell

2.00pm                  Alfreton

3rd June

If you would like to donate money to Peter’s cause, there will be a
collection plate at the back of each church Peter plays at. Alternatively
please call the Derby Cathedral Office on 01332 341201 for further information.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 21:46


Wednesday, 12 June 2013 21:34

Archbishop of Canterbury Visit 2011


Archbishop of Canterbury at Derby Cathedral

Archbishop of Canterbury at Derby Cathedral

Derby Cathedral welcomed the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, to a Civic Service on Sunday 25 September.

In an address to a packed Cathedral, reflecting on his three day pastoral visit to the Diocese of Derby, Dr Williams made reference to recent redundancies in the manufacturing industry and the continuing consequences of an economic downturn and insisted that local churches were firmly in the business of listening: “The Church is working in a city shattered by bad news and looking to bring real change. [Wherever I went] the church is not pushing answers at people but listening attentively.”

Dr Williams reminded his congregation that “The Gospel is not attractive to people who think they have it all sorted.” Jesus found that people who had nothing to worry about were the last to respond to the challenge laid down to them.

The Archbishop added: “In the Diocese of Derby, over three days, I have seen the Church listening to people, aware of the need for change and a Christian community aware of their own vulnerability.”

The Bishop of Derby, Dr Alastair Redfern, led the service accompanied by the Dean of Derby, Dr John Davies.

William Tucker, HM Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, read the first lesson.

The Cathedral Choir led the music, singing a Eucharist setting by Bruckner (in E minor).

At the end of the service the Diocese presented a gift to Dr Williams and members of the congregation were able to meet and chat with the Archbishop.

The Dean of Derby, Dr John Davies, commented: “It was wonderful to welcome the Archbishop to Derby Cathedral. All who were present sensed in Rowan Williams an integrity, a warmth and a compassion which made his time here hugely special.”


Wednesday, 12 June 2013 21:33

Embroidery Workshop




Work is undertaken both for the Cathedral itself and for churches near and far. A dedicated band of embroiderers working on new vestments or church fabrics and repair of older pieces. Care, skill and devotion are the watchwords of the group. The late Canon Leonard Childs was a noted leader of the group, and his designs grace both Derby Cathedral and churches across the UK and abroad.

For more details about the group, or to ask about new work or repair work, please contact The Embroidery Workshop Co-ordinator C/o Cathedral Offices 18/19 Iron Gate DERBY DE1 3GP Email: Tel: 01332 341201.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 21:32

Education Visits

To arrange a visit for your school or group or for any education enquiries, please click here to contact the Education Officer

View the Education Newsletter here>>

Why visit Derby Cathedral?

  • a unique learning space at the heart of a vibrant multi-faith city
  • a sense of awe and wonder
  • a welcome for people of all ages and abilities
  • a place of spirituality, art, music, faith and history
  • a specially designed programme to meet your group's needs

Education team

The team is led by Education Officer, Viv Lawrence, supported by the Canon Missioner, Elizabeth Thomson. They and many of the team of volunteers who work with them are experienced teachers. The Cathedral holds the Learning Outside the Classroom Award.

The Cathedral's educational programmes match the learning outcomes of the Derby and Derbyshire agreed syllabus for Religious Education. The Cathedral also offers unique learning opportunities for other curriculum areas - mathematics, history, art, engineering... Contact us to talk about your ideas!

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Would you like to hold collective worship for your school in Derby Cathedral led by your children and a Cathedral Canon? We can arrange it!


 "Thank you for providing us with such an invaluable resource for our young children."

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 21:31

Visiting Choirs

Derby Cathedral has a rich musical heritage, and sung worship is offered here most days. Usually, this is provided by either our Cathedral Choir or Cathedral Voluntary Choir, but there are Sundays in holiday periods where this is not possible, and we are indebted to the time and talents of a number of visiting choirs. The Cathedral is well-known for its warm, friendly acoustic, and is blessed to have three organs, including the famous four-manual 100-stop Compton at the east end. Any choirs interested in singing at Derby Cathedral should get in touch with the Assistant Director of Music, Edward Turner, on, or by telephoning the Cathedral Office on 01332 341201.


Please click <here> for the visiting choirs’ information pack. The booking form for visiting choirs can be found <here>.


The following Sundays are available in 2019:

17th February

24th February

28th April

26th May

2nd June

28th July

4th August

11th August

18th August

25th August

1st September

29th December


Most Saturday Evensongs throughout the year are available, as are a select few midweek services. Please get in touch with the Assistant Director of Music for more information regarding these services.



Wednesday, 12 June 2013 21:28




Daily Services


8:00am Holy Communion

9:15am Sung Eucharist (Bridge Chapel)

10:45am Cathedral Eucharist

6:00pm Choral Evensong



8.30am Morning Prayer 

1.05pm Holy Communion 

5.15pm Evensong or Evening Prayer Said 



8.30am Morning Prayer 

1.05pm Holy Communion 

5.15pm Evensong or Evening Prayer Said 



8.30am Morning Prayer 

1.05pm Holy Communion 

5.15pm Evening Prayer 



8.30am Morning Prayer 

1.05pm Holy Communion 

6.30pm Evensong or Evening Prayer at 5.15pm during school holidays



8.30am Morning Prayer 

9.00am Holy Communion 

5.15pm Evening Prayer 



8.30am Morning Prayer (Bridge Chapel)

9.00am Holy Communion (Bridge Chapel)

5.15pm Evening Prayer


Additional Services

Latvian Lutheran, German-Speaking Lutheran and Russian Orthodox services take place at the Bridge Chapel. Please call the Cathedral Office on 01332 341201 for further details.


Wednesday, 12 June 2013 21:18



All Cathedral vacancies are shown here, please keep a look out for new vacancies ...


Cathedral Hospitality Staff

Hours to suit

Competitive rates of pay

Derby Cathedral is looking to strengthen its Hospitality Team with new members to support its various Cathedral events throughout the year.

The main duties of the role include; setting up a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic hot and cold beverages, greeting and serving the many members of the public that attend our events. Taking payment for purchases and then clearing away after the event.

Previous bar or event experience is not essential as training will be given but a friendly and approachable personality is a must.

For more information or to register your interest in these positions please contact Laura at the Cathedral Office 01332 341201 or email


Cathedral Musician


Derby Cathedral seeks to appoint a Cathedral Musician to support the work of the Music Department through the academic year 2018-19

This innovative post would suit someone who is:

·         An experienced keyboard player with strong music reading skills

·         An educator who would enjoy supporting the teaching of our skilled choristers

·         A flexible musician, who has high aspirations and standards.

Knowledge of church music and choral services would be an advantage. This position includes the possibility of receiving some tuition on the organ.

This post will be remunerated at a value of £3000/year, for a minimum of 75 hours of commitment to the Cathedral. The post could, by mutual consent, be renewed for up to three years. Willingness to be DBS checked is essential.

Full details are available by contacting the music department; informal enquires are welcome.  / 07760 766199

Closing date: 31st July 2018


Wednesday, 12 June 2013 21:18



Derby Cathedral relies heavily on the help and support of its family of volunteers.  Volunteers help and assist in maintaining daily worship of the Cathedral and managing its life and ministry as well as welcoming visitors to the Cathedral, the Cathedral Centre and the Bridge Chapel.

There are various roles for volunteers in the Cathedral in order to support the bigger picture of caring for the Cathedral building and upholding its mission.

Our community of volunteers currently stands at around 200 strong and new members and volunteers are always welcome to help carry forward the mission and life of this ancient and holy place.

For more information please contact the Cathedral Office on 01332 341201 or email



Wednesday, 12 June 2013 21:13


Like all other Cathedrals, Derby is much more than a beautiful building. It is, as its constitution states, ‘the seat of the Bishop and a centre of worship and mission’. The Bishop gathers the clergy and people of the Diocese of Derby here for the ordinations of deacons, for the baptism of new Christians and for confirmation, for the blessing of the holy oils on Maundy Thursday and for other great diocesan occasions. Additionally he presides at the liturgy in the Cathedral at Christmas, Easter and other principal festivals. He also organises Parliament Days for sixth formers, and Summits on key topics in contemporary society.

The Cathedral is governed by the Dean and the Chapter – three priests, known as canons, and four lay people. The Dean and Canons have a particular responsibility for maintaining the daily worship of the Cathedral, as well as managing its life and ministry, assisted by the lay staff and many volunteers.

Its mission involves schools work and adult education, welcome and hospitality to visitors, pilgrims and to people in distress of one mind or another, sharing the Christian faith and engaging in dialogue with enquirers and with those of other faiths, and working in close co-operation with the City, the University and other institutions.

Although a Church of England Cathedral, it tries to be a holy place and a sign of unity for Christians of many traditions and a meeting place of faiths.

The Cathedral is supported in its ministry daily by a large team of volunteers who include the people who welcome visitors to the Cathedral, the Cathedral Centre and Bridge Chapel. The Friends of the Cathedral are a company of those who care for the Cathedral building and its mission and support it financially.

Newcomers and volunteers are always welcome to help carry forward the mission and life of this ancient and holy place.

Each day the Eucharist, with its origins in the Last Supper on the night before Jesus died, is celebrated around the altar in the Cathedral. On Sundays and festivals it is a sung service, with one of the Cathedral’s three choirs leading the music and with the participation of the Cathedral’s regular congregation, which also contributes much to it’s life through the week. The Cathedral also hosts many occasions through the year when the wider communities of the city and county come to mark significant occasions in local and national life. It is the setting also for concerts, recitals, festivals and exhibitions.

Amidst all this activity in what is very much a ‘working Cathedral’, there are nevertheless long periods of calm and quiet and visitors are always welcome to walk round, to sit and enjoy its peace, to join in worship, to light a candle or pray.

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