Derby Cathedral is delighted to announce The Venerable Peter Robinson as the next Dean of Derby.

Peter is currently the Archdeacon of Lindisfarne in the Diocese of Newcastle, a position he has held since 2008.

There, he holds responsibility as chair of the Newcastle Diocesan Board of Education, as lead for community engagement in Northumberland, and for rural delivery of the diocesan vision.

Peter worked in the oil industry before being ordained in 1995; he trained for ministry at Cranmer Hall in Durham and served his curacy in North Shields.

Following his curacy, he became priest in charge at St. Martin’s, Byker - where he was highly successful in bringing together a challenging inner-city community, designing a new church building and attracting a visit from the home secretary to showcase the community’s achievement. He has also been director of the Urban Ministry and Theology project in Newcastle before his current role.

Peter said: “I feel honoured to have been appointed Dean of Derby. I look forward to working with new colleagues and to engaging with the all Derby Cathedral’s stakeholders in the city, across Derbyshire, the whole diocese and beyond.

“I am only too aware that my arrival coincides with a time when we are having to imagine new ways of worshiping and relating to each other as Christian people.

“My hope and prayer is that we will be able to reimagine the life of our cathedral in the years to come, to deepen its local impact and to serve the communities and parishes of the diocese.”

He will take up his new position in the summer, as the coronavirus restrictions allow.

The Right Reverend Libby Lane, the Bishop of Derby, said: “I am delighted to welcome Peter as Dean of Derby. He is a man of inspiring faith, with a remarkable breadth of ministerial and professional experience. Peter is someone with a combination of deep love for people and place, and the capacity to think and act with strategic clarity. I look forward to working with him in the city and across the diocese.

“We are very blessed that God has called him to serve among us. I ask you to join me in praying for Peter and Sarah as they prepare to move, and for ourselves as we seek God’s Kingdom together.”

The news was also welcomed by the Bishop of Newcastle, The Right Revd Christine Hardman: “Peter Robinson has served the Diocese of Newcastle as Archdeacon of Lindisfarne with outstanding dedication, and I am delighted that the Church has discerned God’s call on him to be Dean of Derby, he will be a blessing to the Diocese of Derby. His contribution to the senior leadership team and to the life of the Diocese of Newcastle over the last twenty-five years has been significant, and deeply appreciated. Peter will be greatly missed, and he and Sarah leave us with our love and prayers as they move to Derby.”

Peter is married to Sarah, and they look forward to making the family home in Derby. They have two sons in their late 20s, Charles and Richard. In his spare time Peter will be found in the arts and cultural areas of Derby, or reading contemporary fiction, or listening to all types of music. Otherwise, you will see him on his mountain bike, at Derbyshire County Cricket Club, at Pride Park or even trying to improve his golf!

Peter joins Derby Cathedral at a time when the Cathedral's place at the heart of the community, responding to the present crisis, is more important than ever.

The Cathedral has developed new ways to reach and engage with people and is looking forward to continuing that and to being able to reopen as a gathering place and a focus of meaning for the people of Derby and Derbyshire.

In the building there are exciting plans for reshaping the interior as a place of worship and a community hub, for refurbishment of the Compton organ to further the Cathedral's role as a centre of excellence for music-making, and for using digital technology to help visitors discover the historical and spiritual riches of the Cathedral.

Derby Cathedral School will be starting its third year when the new dean arrives, and Peter will continue to build the relationship of both the cathedral and the school with the city.

There is much about the future that is hard to predict but Peter's role will be pivotal in the future of the cathedral and the city of Derby.

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

Exciting news! Do you know a child who loves to sing? We're re-launching our Junior Choir after Easter. Do get in touch to sign up or for more details.

Junior Choir poster copy

12th March 2020

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have advised that we should refrain from shaking hands as to offer each other a sign of peace.

So here's a video demonstrating a safe, easy and inclusive alternative!

Here is the latest guidance for parishes on Coronavirus

All Cathedral vacancies will be posted here...check back soon!

February 2020

The Bishop of Repton is moving on from the Diocese of Derby to become Residentiary Canon (House for Duty) at Lichfield Cathedral and Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Lichfield.

The Rt Revd Jan McFarlane will move to Lichfield with her husband Andrew and take on her new role in April, after almost four years as Bishop of Repton.

It will be a return to Diocese of Lichfield for Bishop Jan who was born in Stoke-on-Trent and began parish ministry in Stafford following her ordination as a priest in 1994. From there she served in Ely and Norwich dioceses before becoming the Bishop of Repton in 2016.

Bishop Jan said: “Andrew and I will be very sorry to leave the beautiful county of Derbyshire where we have been so happy. I feel blessed to have worked with some excellent colleagues and wonderful congregations. I came to the diocese knowing there would be a vacancy-in-see to cover. The completion of that task has coincided with the silver anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood, and much reflection during my recent sabbatical on the past 26 years since I was ordained at Lichfield Cathedral.

“In addition, following five years of hospital visits I have been formally declared in remission from cancer. All of this together has led to a desire to live life at a different pace. I look forward to being able to carve out time for writing and to return to the rhythm of preaching, praying, presiding and pastoring for which I was first ordained. I’m much looking forward to returning to my home county and diocese, journeying from Repton to Lichfield quite literally in the footsteps of St Chad.”


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Sermon archive

Sermon for the Third Sunday of Easter - the Revd Dr Alan Flintham, Cathedral Chaplain

Sermon for the Second Sunday of Easter - the Canon Precentor

Sermon for Easter Day  - the Bishop of Derby. You can also watch the video of the sermon, which includes the dawn chorus from the Bishop's garden. 

Sermon for Palm Sunday - the Acting Dean

Sermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, Evensong sermon - the Rev James Durrant

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, Mothering Sunday - the Acting Dean

Click here to download 'Will you come and follow me?': preached by the Rt Revd Jan McFarlane, Bishop of Repton

Click here to download Lent 1 sermon 'Cathedral Noel Nouvelet': preached by the Revd Canon Sheana Barby

Click here to download the Ash Wednesday sermon: preached by the Revd James Durrant 

Click here to download the sermon 'Creation, Climate Change and Choices': preached on the 2nd Sunday before Lent by Revd Dr Alan Flintham  

Click here to download the Epiphany sermon: preached by the Revd Adam Dickens

Click here to download the sermon for Christmas Day 2019 preached by the Acting Dean

Click here to download the sermon for Midnight Mass 2019 preached by the Acting Dean

Click here to download the sermon for BBC Radio Derby Carol Service 2019 preached by the Acting Dean

Talks, reviews and reflections

Click here to download Ludwig van Beethoven article by Mike Wheeler

Click here to download Desert Island Discs by Bryan Clarke

Click here to download Three Concerts article by Mike Wheeler




The Dean of Derby Appointment Panel met on 5th and 6th December.

Following that round of interviews, Christopher Nieper, who is the Chair of the Panel, said:

"After very careful consideration, we have decided not to make an appointment at this time. It is important that the right person is appointed, and we felt that we would like to widen the candidate pool before reaching a final decision.

The panel propose to continue the appointment process in the New Year. Bishop Libby has asked Canon Elizabeth Thomson to continue to serve as Acting Dean during the vacancy.

Please continue to keep the Cathedral community, the appointment panel and those who might be exploring this ministry in your prayers."

Derby Cathedral will hold a memorial service for Annie Hall on Monday, 9 December at 2.30pm. All are welcome. A condolence book is in the Cathedral now for messages of sympathy.

Mrs Hall, who was a former High Sheriff of Derbyshire and chair of Derby Cathedral Council, lost her life as a result of the recent flooding in Derbyshire, on Friday 8th November.

Revd Canon Dr Elizabeth Thomson, Acting Dean of Derby Cathedral, said: "The date has been agreed with Mrs Hall's family and we are talking with her husband Michael to arrange the service.

"We have also opened a condolence book in the Cathedral as it was felt by the family that there would be a lot of good stories to tell involving Annie and it would give people a chance to express their thoughts."

On hearing the news of Mrs Hall's death, the Rt Revd Libby Lane, Bishop of Derby, said: "I am shocked and saddened by this tragic news. The pain and grief of Annie’s death is felt by the whole community at Derby Cathedral and throughout the Diocese of Derby.

"My prayers are with her family at this very sad time.

"Annie’s faithful professionalism, supportive nature and wonderful sense of humour meant she was much appreciated as chair of Derby Cathedral Council.

"Throughout Derbyshire, Annie was known for her personable and caring character, and for bringing laughter wherever she went. She will be much missed.

"Derby Cathedral, and the Diocese of Derby, will continue to pray for Annie’s family, and for all those affected by the flooding, offering support and help where we can."

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