Thursday 18th February 2016

Derby Cathedral Malcolm Brown 

The Revd Dr Malcolm Brown, Director of the Mission and Public Affairs Division, Archbishops’ Council

From 11.40 am     Coffee in the Cathedral

12 noon    First session on the recent report chaired by Lady Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, thought to be not a satisfactory way forward for the CofE.

The speaker will summarise and critique ideas in the report.

1.00 pm    Informal lunch in the Cavendish Area of the Cathedral, and time to engage individually with the speaker.

1.30 pm    The second session will see Malcolm Brown outline suggestions for the church’s public ministry in the coming decade. How should we ‘do God’?

‘Doing God’ in public is perhaps the issue for the Church of England to face, in a context and a society which seems both to exclude mention of God, but also to value on occasion the church’s presence, ministry and intervention: a complex situation to reflect on.

RSVP to by 10th February. There is no charge for the day.

A presentation by Canon Dave Perkins, with guitar accompaniment.

Derby Cathedral Dave Perkins 

Ploughman’s Supper

Licensed Bar

Friday 4th March, 7.00pm for 7.30pm

Tickets: Adults £8, children free

At the Cathedral, in the Beddoes Room;

access from Full Street

Tickets from the Cathedral Social Committee

(or via the Cathedral Office)

Derby Cathedral Sinfonia Viva Graham Hall

The work of Pinxton musician Graham Hall will take centre stage at Sinfonia Viva’s ‘Timeless Classics’ concert at Derby Cathedral on Wednesday March 2 with the premiere of orchestrations of two well-known pieces.

Graham is Sinfonia Viva’s Principal Timpanist and an accomplished arranger and orchestrator. He has created new versions of two of the greatest 20th century blockbusters of classical music – Mahler’s 1st Symphony and Ravel’s String Quartet.

They will be performed for the first time by the Orchestra at the evening concert under the baton of Sinfonia Viva’s Principal Conductor Duncan Ward.

Graham is one of the Orchestra’s original players when it started life as the East of England Orchestra 34 years ago.

Born in 1960, Graham studied at the Royal Academy of Music under the watchful eye of James Blades. On leaving London he taught for two years in his home city of Nottingham as a peripatetic percussion tutor before going freelance as a player in 1984.

Graham will, unfortunately, not be performing with Sinfonia Viva on March 2 having had a stroke 14 months ago.

Graham Hall added: “I was encouraged to develop my arranging work by Sinfonia Viva and my work has been featured in previous New Year’s Eve Gala Concerts at the Nottingham Royal Concert Hall and at the Darley Park concerts."

“This has been by far my most ambitious piece of arranging work commissioned by Sinfonia Viva. I am looking forward to the performance and feedback from the players and audience alike."

“Since the stroke, my playing has moved onto the back burner but it has been a chance to re-orchestrate my life and increase my music preparation work."

Duncan Ward continued: “Our theme for the Derby concerts this year has been to showcase the many and varied talents within the Viva family.

“In January we highlighted soloists Adam Mackenzie and Emily Pailthorpe and I am delighted that Graham’s skills will come to the fore in the March concert with his two fantastic arrangements.

“With great sensitivity and flair, Graham has distilled Mahler’s epic symphonic forces down to an ensemble of just sixteen players – allowing us to revel in the chamber-music style counterpoint that drives this cosmically revelatory musical voyage.

“The ‘Hall magnifying glass’ is applied in the opposite direction for the Ravel.

“In this case he imagines the wider palette of sonic colours the French master may have employed had he composed this heavenly music not for string quartet but for one of every instrument in the orchestra.

“It is therefore a unique chance to hear a popular masterpiece in a distinctly new light.”

Tickets for the concert at Derby Cathedral on Wednesday March 2 starting at 7.30pm are £20 (£18 concessions) or £17 if previously booked alongside Sinfonia Viva’s January 2016 Derby Cathedral concert. Available from Derby LIVE, Tel: 01332 255800, online at or in person at the Assembly Rooms box office.

Media enquiries: Sarah Jenkin-Jones, JJPR, Tel: 01332 515102; 07951 945 665;

Wednesday 10th February, 1.05 pm and 7.30 pm

To mark Ash Wednesday, the 1.05 pm Eucharist and 7.30 pm Sung Eucharist will include the imposition of ashes.

Derby Cathedral Ashes to go

Ashes to Go

12 noon - 2.00 pm

To mark the beginning of Lent, people have traditionally been marked with ash on their foreheads. Ashes to Go stations will be outside Derby Cathedral and outisde St Peter's in the City at lunchtime on Ash Wednesday, providing a chance to reflect. Passers-by can choose to be marked with ash as a way to begin Lent, remember God, or just to stop and think about how their lives could be different.

Wednesday 27th, 3.00 pm & 6.00 pm

As part of this day of remembrance, a Stone Setting Service will take place at the Bridge Chapel at 3.00 pm, followed by a Holocaust Memorial Service at the Cathedral, Starting at 6.00 pm.

Full details of other activities taking place in the city on Holocaust Memorial Day can be found here>>

Wednesdays throughout January and February (see list below); Derby Cathedral Café, 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm


Where are the similarities and differences between Christianity and Islam on some basic matters of faith?

Join two leading theologians for one or all of the free sessions below to explore the relationship between the two faiths.

January 13th: Notions of 'God'

January 20th: 'Humanity' in Islam and Christianity

February 3rd: Salvation: A Comparison

Sessions led by:

Derby Cathedral David Thomas

David Thomas, Professor of Christianity and Islam (University of Birmingham)

Derby Cathedral Simon Taylor

The Revd Dr Simon Taylor, Canon Chancellor, Derby Cathedral

Derby Cathedral love in action exhibition

Sunday 14th - 21st February, in the Cavendish Area of the Cathedral

For one week only, the Cathedral will host a special photographic exhibition featuring stunning works from across the world. The exhibition will be launched by The Revd Richard Reade immediately after the 6.00 pm Evensong on February 14th.

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Saturday 30th January 2016, at 7.00 pm

Tickets are priced Adult £10, Concessions £8

The International Staff Band (or ISB) is the premier brass band of The Salvation Army. The ISB participates in most of the UK’s major Salvation Army events and in recent years has shared the concert stage with bands such as Black Dyke Band, Cory Band, London Symphonic Brass and the Don Lusher Big Band.

For tickets and more information please email or call: / 07973802960

Derby Cathedral Derby Civic Society Steve Bloomer

Tuesday 26th January, 1.00 pm

Derby Quad Curator Peter Bonnell, Derby County Collection Curator Andy Ellis discuss the collection and the County legend, Steve Bloomer.

Join us for this free to attend seminar, followed by refreshments. All welcome.

sinfonia viva

Friday 22nd January, 7.30 pm

Tickets £20/£18 available from Derby LIVE Box Office, 01332 255800

Principal Conductor Duncan Ward and Sinfonia Viva premiere their 2016 season at Derby Cathedral with a bright selection of classics by Haydn, Mozart and Patterson’s Phoenix Concerto to warm a winter evening. The Orchestra is joined by celebrated soloists Emily Pailthorpe (for whom the Phoenix Concerto was written) and Adam Mackenzie.

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