Special services are a key part of the Cathedral's ministry. In 2014 there were nearly 40 special services here including the Derby 175 Railway Service (see above picture), the Bishop's Badge Service and the High Sheriff's Legal Service. If you would like to suggest a special service, please be in contact with the Dean.
Celebrating Magna Carta with Trouvére – Medieval Minstrels and Derby Cathedral Voluntary Choir takes place on Saturday 13th June 2015 at 7.30pm at St John’s Church, in Derby. Hugh Morris will accompany on the organ and members of the Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company will also take part. Admission is £10 and tickets are available from the Derby Cathedral Bookshop and Foulds.
A group representing the Cathedral, the churches of Normanton, and the Muslim community of the Jamia Mosque meets regularly for discussion and to deepen friendship. Is this ‘the new ecumenism’?
The Cathedral is a great centre of music making for the City of Derby and the County of Derbyshire. Sinfonia Viva has the Cathedral as its venue of choice in the city.
Those interested in organising a concert here are asked to be in touch with Laura in the Cathedral Office on 01332 341201 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cathedrals are called to be thoughtful and reflective places. And Cathedral Seminars, arranged regularly, and with invitations going out very widely, are designed to be safe spaces to look at key topics. Recently seminars have been held on same-sex marriage, the Church of North India, Credit Unions, the Ethics of War, and the church in Jerusalem. Details of future seminars will be posted on the website, with an invitation to all.
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.
Daily services are listed on the SERVICES page of the website.
Please do call the Cathedral Office if you wish to find out more about the refurbishment.
The interior of the Cathedral is now nearly completed scaffolded, trenches are being dug for the new heating system, and the first steps in the redecoration project have been taken.
The Cathedral’s centre section is used for worship on Sundays, and the Cathedral is open for viewing on Saturdays (after cleaning at 9.30 am).
The Cathedral is closed Monday – Friday until the end of August – but mid week services are being said at the Bridge Chapel, or if the choir are singing, services are at St Mary’s RC Church, Bridge Gate, Derby.
Please see the music scheme on the website for details.
Dr John Davies, Dean of Derby, said today: “These are really exciting days for Derby Cathedral. And it is oddly uplifting to see the whole nave packed with people on a Sunday surrounded by scaffolding at every turn. People are being brilliant, waiting for the end of August and a new chapter in Cathedral life and ministry”.
On the 27th of March the new Nature Gallery at Derby Museum was opened. There transparent display cases in the centre of the room allow the visitor a very close up encounter with nature in all its variety, As part of the celebration Derby Cathedral Centre is hosting a joint exhibition, entitled ‘Nature’s World’ in the Sir Richard Morris Lounge throughout May and June. On one wall a pair of perspex cabinets display some exquisite floral paintings on porcelain by Derby’s nineteenth century china artists. These items from the Museum collection are rarely seen so take advantage of the opportunity. The other wall allows us to see some superb watercolours of flowers by botanical artist, Cheryl Wilbraham. Cheryl is a member of the Society of Botanical Artists and a Royal Horticultural Society Silver Medal winner. Her work, however, goes well beyond the formal requirements of accurate depiction. Instead she tries to capture the beauty and delicacy of each flower giving it a living character through her sensitive use of her medium.
Our bells are rung regularly for Cathedral services and secular events of local and national significance. They are the loudest of the servants that proclaim the presence and vitality of this marvellous building, and they are the oldest ring of ten bells in the world. They were augmented from six bells to ten bells in 1678. The largest weighs 19 cwt (965 kg) and is nearly 500 years old.
The bells are rung by a committed band of volunteers on Tuesday evenings and Sundays. One member of the Cathedral band has been ringing here for 60 years, whilst several others have a service record that spans two or three decades. Our aim is to be amongst the best Sunday Service bands in the country, fulfilling the needs of the Cathedral by ringing for appropriate occasions. Experienced ringers are always very welcome to join us and for those who have never witnessed bell ringing first hand we organise Tower Open Days and visits to the Ringing Room by arrangement. We are particularly keen to welcome those who may have an interest in learning how to ring and thereby help to maintain one of the great English traditions.
Visiting bands of bell ringers from the Diocese and further afield are invited to ring on our bells, particularly on a Sunday before Choral Evensong. Please contact the RingingMaster@derbycathedralbells.org.uk
Practice night is Tuesday at 7.30-9pm.
If you arrive late please phone the number posted on the tower door to gain access.
Sunday ringing is 10-10.45am and for Evensong at 6pm.
Please see our website derbycathedralbells.org.uk for more details.
The bells at Derby Cathedral will be ringing out on Sunday 3rd May to celebrate an important anniversary. Three hundred years ago, in May 1715, ‘eight gentlemen, good and true’ met at the church of St Peter Mancroft in Norwich and rang the bells continuously for more than three hours to achieve the first ever ‘peal’ on church bells. A peal consists of more than 5000 different combinations or ‘changes’ that have to be rung in a precise order, such that each change sounds slightly different from every other one. The peal has since become the standard performance piece for bell ringers and thousands of different peals have been rung since that ground-breaking achievement in East Anglia.
Thursday 23rd April is, of course, St George’s Day and the bells of Derby Cathedral will be ringing out in the evening to mark the anniversary of this popular patron saint. The sole Patron Saint of England, St George was first bestowed the honour of sainthood in 494AD by the Pope, an honour venerated by many different traditions.
Notice of venue change, during the refurbishment period,
April – September.
Morning services (inc. Saturdays) and 1.05 pm Holy Communion will take place at the Bridge Chapel.
Evening Services: Sung Evensong on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday will take place at St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church.
Evening Services (said): will take place at the Bridge Chapel.
Daily services are listed on the SERVICES page of the website.
We have all heard the bells ringing as we pass a church or cathedral, but have you ever wondered how it’s done?
Derby Cathedral would like to invite you to find out more about this unique form of music-making at its annual Bellringers’ Tower Open Day, which is taking place on Bank Holiday Easter Monday 6th April.
All through the day, visitors to the Cathedral will be able to tour the tower, watch change ringing demonstrations and try ringing a real bell under careful supervision.
April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day, a day sanctioned by the United Nations. Each year iconic buildings across the globe, such as the Sydney Opera House, Leaning Tower of Pisa and Empire State Building are lit blue, to highlight the Awareness of Autism. This year Autism Awareness Derby UK & Derby Cathedral are delighted to announce that the Cathedral will be taking part and its tower will be lit blue.