Derby Cathedral and the Friends of Cathedral Music are inviting composers to submit a new setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis The Derby Service to celebrate the FCM National Gathering at Derby in June 2020. The winning work will be premiered at Evensong on Sunday 14th  June 2020 by Derby Cathedral Choir as part of the Gathering. 

An award of £1000 and the possibility of the work being published by Encore Publications will be given to the composer of the winning entry!

For details of how to submit your entry, please see the attached flier. 

The Dean of Derby, The Very Revd Dr Stephen Hance, has been appointed National Lead for Evangelism and Witness for the Church of England.

This announcement was made to the congregation at the 10.45am Eucharist service on 7th July 2019 and the Church of England made the announcement the following day.

The Dean said “I am a missioner at heart, passionate about growing the Church and helping people come to faith in Christ. My new role is all about enabling the Church of England to focus on these priorities and as such, it is one I had to say yes to. I will be sorry to leave Derby but grateful for all we have accomplished here together. The Cathedral and Diocese will remain in my heart and my prayers.

Stephen’s last service will the 10.45am Eucharist on Sunday 1 st September 2019 and will take up his new role at the end of September.

Please note the Cathedral will be closed to the public on the following dates and times:

Thursday 21st May 2019 

9:00 am - 3:00 pm 

1:05 pm Holy Communion will take place at Bridge Chapel

Wednesday 29th May 2019

2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

5:15 pm Evening Prayer will take place at Bridge Chapel

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

There is the opportunity to climb one of the tallest church towers in England, at 212 feet and having 189 steps. 

Children must be over 8 years of age and accompanied by an adult. The climb requires suitable footwear and general medical fitness.

Our Tower Tour Dates Are:

Sunset Tower tour on the 19th July at 8:30 pm

Saturday 3rd August at, 12:40 or 1:40 pm

Saturday 7th September at, 11:40 am, 12:40 or 1:40 pm

Saturday 5th October at, 11:40 am, 12:40 or 1:40 pm

Saturday 2nd November at, 11:40 am, 12:40 or 1:40 pm

Bonfire Night Tour - Tuesday 5th November at 5:40 pm

Saturday 7th December at, 11:40 am, 12:40 or 1:40 pm

Tickets available from The Sanctuary at Derby Cathedral 


Our Lunchtime Concerts and Organ Recitals run throughout May to August.

All of our Lunchtime Concerts take place on Friday's from 1.00 - 1.45 pm. Entry is free, with a retiring collection.

All Organ Recitals take place from 7.45 pm - 9.00 pm, and are followed by drinks at Amen Corner.

Tickets are £9.00, or £45.00 for a season ticket, available from


Friday 4th & Saturday 5th October 2019

Derby Cathedral are thrilled to welcome back  Derby Folk Festival.

We really hope that you can join us, for either a full weekend of fabulous music, or even just a few concerts. This year’s format gives a range of opportunities to continue the fuller festival experience, or to pick and choose the individual concerts that you’d like to see.

Tickets available from Derby Live at


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