The Cathedral Voluntary Choir is a chamber ensemble who meet every Friday evening, and sing on some of the Sunday services throughout the year when the Cathedral Choir is unavailable. It performs a wide range of sacred music, from the renaissance polyphony of William Byrd, to works by living composers written specifically for the choir. As well as supporting the musical worship at the Cathedral, the Choir also performs in other locations around the diocese and country, and also appears regularly on local radio. The choir is a very sociable group, and sings to a very good standard. They are directed by the Cathedral’s Assistant Director of Music, Edward Turner.
Anyone interested in joining the choir should contact Edward on firstname.lastname@example.org. We currently have a vacancies for Basses and Tenors, though enquiries from prospective Sopranos and Altos are also warmly received. Entry to the choir is by audition, for which we ask you to bring a short piece or extract of a piece (c.3 minutes) and we will then give you a short, friendly piece of sight-reading.
The Cathedral Choir comprises girl and boy Choristers (who sing separately) and 12 semi-professional Lay Clerks. As well as singing the regular routine of weekly services at the Cathedral, the Choir has made numerous recordings and appearances on national radio, as well as tours abroad to France and Belgium. The choir occasionally collaborates with other musicians, notably The Sixteen and Jethro Tull.
Being a Cathedral Chorister is a remarkable experience for a child. All our choristers receive a world-class musical education, including free one-to-one singing lessons and music theory lessons. Furthermore, all our Choristers are paid for their work at the Cathedral. Throughout their time in the choir, a Chorister can expect to: be trained in professional music-making; receive a unique all-round cultural education; acquire a sense of self confidence and purpose; develop lifelong friendships; and have plenty of fun in the process! We encourage all our Choristers to work their way through the Royal School of Church Music’s Voice for Life scheme, with most Choristers leaving with either a silver or a gold award. Many of our former Choristers have gone on to very successful careers – both in music and other spheres – and most of them agree that it was their rigorous training as a Chorister that gave them the skills and confidence to succeed! All our choristers are drawn from a variety of local schools, and the choir terms usually respect school term dates. Notable exceptions to this are the Christmas Carol Services, and Services at Easter. Boys begin in the Cathedral Choir as early as school year 3 and continue until their voices change (around school year 8). Girls begin at school year 5 and continue until they leave school in year 13.
The Choristers’ weekly schedule looks like this:
Either 1000-1200 or 1710-1910
Either 1000-1200 or 1710-1910
We’re not quite sure – are we able to bring our child to see what it’s like?
We hold an annual ‘Be a Chorister for a day’ event, usually in February. More information about this can be found here .
My child isn’t a musical genius – is there any point in sending him/her along to a voice trial?
We aren’t looking for geniuses, nor are we looking for children who already display musical talent – we do all the musical training here! All we are looking for is an eagerness, a team-player, and a child who we feel would suit the Chorister lifestyle.
We’re busy on the dates advertised for the Voice Trials – is there any other time we could come along?
Almost certainly! Send us an email (email@example.com) and we’ll see if we can arrange a better time for you.
Lay Clerks are expected at both Sunday services (1000-1200 and 1710-1910) and on Thursday Evenings (1755-1930). All our Lay Clerks are accomplished musicians and excellent sight-readers. Anyone interested in becoming a deputy Lay Clerk at the Cathedral should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are currently vacancies for two tenor Lay Clerks/Choral Scholars.
Be a Chorister for a day is an annual event to give children (and their parents) the opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes in the Cathedral Choir. During the afternoon, children (boys and girls in years 3-6) will sing alongside the Cathedral Choristers for a fun afternoon singing workshop, get to hear the Cathedral Organ, have tea with current Choristers and sing as part of the choir for the evening service. If you/your child enjoys what they see and hear, you should seriously consider signing them up for a voice trial to become a Cathedral Chorister.
Saturday 6th July 2019, 7.00 pm
Derby Cathedral welcome Sam Callahan.
Sam is a 24 year old singer/songwriter from Essex.
He’s been performing since he was eight and he started writing his own music when he was just twelve. Intent, even then, on pursuing a career in the music industry.
In 2013 Sam made it through to the live finals of the UK's X Factor and after getting to the final six he earned his place on the X Factor Arena Tour.
Sam says “The X Factor was an incredible experience but it wasn’t an entirely true representation of who I really am. Now I need to show the world what I’m really about and who I am as an artist in today's music industry”.
Since then, Sam has been performing as an artist non-stop to packed venues all around the world.
Sam says, "My music comes straight from the heart, all written and composed by myself, there couldn't be a better representation of myself as an artist.”
Planning to release new music after selling out Headline gig in London in November 2018, Sam's had a busy holiday season and has big things planned for 2019.
Tickets £14 available from Derby Live at www.derbylive.co.uk
Music at Derby Cathedral
Derby Cathedral has a rich musical heritage, and sung worship is offered here most days. A copy of the monthly music scheme can be found here. The majority of the services are sung by the Cathedral Choir, which is made up of two independent treble lines (boys and girls) and 12 semi-professional Lay Clerks. You can read more about the Cathedral Choir, including details of how to join, here.
On a weekly basis, the Cathedral Choir can be heard as follows:
Sunday 1045 Cathedral Eucharist
Boys/Girls and Lay Clerks
Sunday 1800 Evensong
Boys/Girls and Lay Clerks
Monday 1715 Evensong
Tuesday 1715 Evensong
Thursday 1830 Evensong
Boys and Lay Clerks
The Cathedral Voluntary Choir is an all-adult chamber group who rehearse on Friday evenings and cover for the Cathedral Choir in its absence. You can read more about the Voluntary Choir here.
The Junior Choir is a choir for young children (7+) which engages young musicians and seeks to build their musical confidence. Singers in the Junior Choir are often recruited into the Cathedral Choir. The Junior Choir is currently not meeting as the Cathedral is without a Director of Music. More details will be posted here when it resumes.
Visiting choirs are warmly welcomed to the Cathedral, particularly to cover Sunday Services through the Summer Holiday. More information about Visiting Choirs can be found here .
The Cathedral is used extensively as a concert venue. Those interested in organising a concert at the Cathedral are asked to get in touch with the diary and events co-ordinator, Natasha, on 01332 341201, or by emailing email@example.com.
Derby Cathedral was visited by SCIE (the Social Care Institute for Excellence) for an audit of safeguarding provision in March 2019. The report from the Audit is published today. The Chapter of Derby Cathedral welcome the report, which will now form the basis of the Cathedral’s work on safeguarding for the future The Chapter are committed to safeguarding all at Derby Cathedral. An action plan will be adopted by the Chapter at its meeting in September. This will be published on the Cathedral website as soon as it has been adopted.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of a new Director of Music at Derby Cathedral. Alexander Binns is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and held organ scholarships at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, Marylebone Parish Church and Southwark Cathedral before taking up his present appointment as Assistant Director of Music at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in 2016. Alex will be taking up his position at Derby Cathedral after Easter, when we look forward to welcoming him with his wife Dora and young son Peter.
The next Bishop of Derby will be the Right Reverend Libby Lane, Downing Street has announced.
Bishop Libby is currently the Suffragan Bishop of Stockport, in the Diocese of Chester – a post she has occupied since 2015.
Libby describes Derbyshire as ‘the place that holds my heart’. She grew up in Glossop in the north-west of the county and was selected for ordination while working in the parish of St Thomas Brampton, Chesterfield.
Bishop Libby said: “I am excited and privileged to have been called to serve as Bishop of Derby.
“I grew up here and my vocation was fostered here. Derbyshire nurtured me and brought me to faith and I want to love Derbyshire back.
“I want to lead a church in Derbyshire where people find hope because they know they are loved by God in Christ, and I pray that hope sets us free to live our lives in ways that bring change for good.”
On hearing the news, the Dean of Derby, the Very Reverend Dr Stephen Hance, said: “I am thrilled that Libby is coming to be our bishop. Her roots are here in Derbyshire, and we are all very much looking forward to welcoming her home and working with her in the months and years ahead.
“This announcement presents us with an opportunity to think afresh, about who we are and who we hope to be, about the opportunities and challenges that face us as we move forward.”
Bishop Libby is marking today’s announcement by visiting a number of communities in the Diocese. She started the day, with her husband, George, her two grown-up children, Connie and Benedict, in her childhood hometown of Glossop, where her parents still live.
From there, she travelled to Bolsover, a former mining town, in the north-east of Derbyshire, meeting children and staff at Bolsover C of E Junior School and taking part in their assembly. She invited the children to help her with a short talk about the Nativity.
Libby is also revisiting the church of St Thomas in Brampton, Chesterfield, where she will meet women in their Knit and Natter meeting and a men’s social group, known as Thom’s Blokes, who will be enjoying a special Christmas lunch.
Later, she will meet members of the farming and agricultural communities in Alderwasley, before a reception at Derby Cathedral, where she will meet local faith and community leaders. Libby will end her day joining Evening Prayers at the Cathedral from 17:15.
The service to install Bishop Libby in Derby Cathedral will take place after Easter.
This September, Derby Cathedral will be hosting a series of films in collaboration with QUAD, our local arts centre and cinema. While some of the movies which will be shown in this season are very much viewing for the whole family – The Greatest Showman, for example – some are a bit edgier and have caused a certain amount of controversy in the Cathedral and beyond. A couple of these – The Wicker Man and Don’t Look Now, with which we open the season – are sometimes described as horror movies. Both are rated 15 and include brief sexualised scenes (not explicit as suggested by some media reports). Later in the season we show Monty Python’s The Life of Brian, which some have seen as a satire on Jesus and the Christian faith. I want to set out our reasons for doing this.
The first reason for hosting this season is to draw new people into the Cathedral. Derby Cathedral is the cathedral for everybody in Derby. The Cathedral does not belong to me, to the Diocese, or to those who worship here. It belongs to all, of whatever faith or none, whoever they are and whatever might be going on in their lives. Of course, this is much easier to say than it is to make real. Many institutions in the arts and heritage sectors wrestle constantly with how to reach new audiences, and in that sense cathedrals are no different. We have to make new connections and attract new people or risk becoming a relic of the past. Cathedrals have a particular opportunity here, because the evidence suggests that they continue to be seen as neutral spaces by many people in a way that parish churches are not. But that view needs to be continually reinforced by activities which reflect the open, inclusive role of the Cathedral. These film screenings will bring in people who would otherwise not come into our beautiful, evocative space. Some will be touched and moved by it in a way that may lead to return visits for other events.
My second reason for welcoming this season is to do with the power of story. Every culture works out what it values and believes through telling stories. Stories have power to take root in the human heart in a way that propositions do not. From the earliest days, people have sat round fires or meal tables sharing stories, some of them historical, some of them fictional, and very many a combination of the two. Some of those stories would be about things that the culture fears or wants to avoid. After all, many of the fairy tales which we were told growing up, and which we may have passed on to our own children, had elements which were disturbing or a bit scary. And Christians, of all people, should understand this. The Scriptures on which our faith is based consist primarily of stories. Jesus didn’t write a book of theological statements to leave to his followers, but rather gospels which recorded stories about his life. And in his own teaching he understood the power of story, which is why he spent so much of his time telling parables. The stories on which our faith is based are not all lovely and uplifting. If for example we were to show a film of the story of Salome, Herod, and John the Baptist, it would probably have an 18 certificate. But of course, to tell – or show – a story in which bad things happen is not to condone the actions of people in the story. The story is told to provoke, to challenge, to make us think. It is in that spirit that some of these stories of faith, doubt, fear and obsession are coming to the Cathedral.
The third reason for hosting this season of films is, of course, financial. Cathedrals are expensive to run. Contrary to what some think, they are not funded by the Government, nor are the majority of our costs covered by the Church Commissioners. Most of what we need to sustain the ministry of our Cathedral we have to find ourselves. I am very clear, in a challenging financial climate, that I will ensure Derby Cathedral is solvent and financially sustainable. That means thinking outside the box about new income streams which can make the mission and ministry of this place possible, as well as creating resources to respond to new opportunities as they come along.
We will shortly be announcing a couple of special events to help people reflect theologically on these films, which I hope people will find helpful. In the meantime, to be clear, Derby Cathedral remains primarily a place of worship and mission, with at least three services offered daily. Nothing changes that, and nor will anything do so for as long as I am Dean.
The Very Revd. Dr. Stephen Hance
Dean of Derby