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.
Holy Week 2015
The Bishop of Derby will soon be giving three Holy Week addresses at the Cathedral, details as below. He will be seeking to link the story of Christ’s passion and death with themes connected with good government and the forthcoming general election.
The Cathedral will be hosting a variety of services for all who are interested to gather round the Bishop and hear some of his interpretation. There will be free parking in the Cathedral car park or on Iron Gate, just outside the Cathedral.