Archbishop of Canterbury at Derby Cathedral

Archbishop of Canterbury at Derby Cathedral

Derby Cathedral welcomed the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, to a Civic Service on Sunday 25 September.

In an address to a packed Cathedral, reflecting on his three day pastoral visit to the Diocese of Derby, Dr Williams made reference to recent redundancies in the manufacturing industry and the continuing consequences of an economic downturn and insisted that local churches were firmly in the business of listening: “The Church is working in a city shattered by bad news and looking to bring real change. [Wherever I went] the church is not pushing answers at people but listening attentively.”

Dr Williams reminded his congregation that “The Gospel is not attractive to people who think they have it all sorted.” Jesus found that people who had nothing to worry about were the last to respond to the challenge laid down to them.

The Archbishop added: “In the Diocese of Derby, over three days, I have seen the Church listening to people, aware of the need for change and a Christian community aware of their own vulnerability.”

The Bishop of Derby, Dr Alastair Redfern, led the service accompanied by the Dean of Derby, Dr John Davies.

William Tucker, HM Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, read the first lesson.

The Cathedral Choir led the music, singing a Eucharist setting by Bruckner (in E minor).

At the end of the service the Diocese presented a gift to Dr Williams and members of the congregation were able to meet and chat with the Archbishop.

The Dean of Derby, Dr John Davies, commented: “It was wonderful to welcome the Archbishop to Derby Cathedral. All who were present sensed in Rowan Williams an integrity, a warmth and a compassion which made his time here hugely special.”





Work is undertaken both for the Cathedral itself and for churches near and far. A dedicated band of embroiderers working on new vestments or church fabrics and repair of older pieces. Care, skill and devotion are the watchwords of the group. The late Canon Leonard Childs was a noted leader of the group, and his designs grace both Derby Cathedral and churches across the UK and abroad.

For more details about the group, or to ask about new work or repair work, please contact The Embroidery Workshop Co-ordinator C/o Cathedral Offices 18/19 Iron Gate DERBY DE1 3GP Email: Tel: 01332 341201.

To arrange a visit for your school or group or for any education enquiries, please click here to contact the Education Officer

Why visit Derby Cathedral?

  • a unique learning space at the heart of a vibrant multi-faith city
  • a sense of awe and wonder
  • a welcome for people of all ages and abilities
  • a place of spirituality, art, music, faith and history
  • a specially designed programme to meet your group's needs

Education team

The team is led by Education Officer, Viv Lawrence, supported by the Canon Missioner, Elizabeth Thomson. They and many of the team of volunteers who work with them are experienced teachers. The Cathedral holds the Learning Outside the Classroom Award.

The Cathedral's educational programmes match the learning outcomes of the Derby and Derbyshire agreed syllabus for Religious Education. The Cathedral also offers unique learning opportunities for other curriculum areas - mathematics, history, art, engineering... Contact us to talk about your ideas!

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Would you like to hold collective worship for your school in Derby Cathedral led by your children and a Cathedral Canon? We can arrange it!


 "Thank you for providing us with such an invaluable resource for our young children."

The Choir of St John's East Dulwich at Derby Cathedral on a recent visit

Derby Cathedral warmly welcomes visits from choirs to sing Sunday services during school holiday periods or to sing Evensong on Saturdays throughout the year. There is a fabulous acoustic and a fine organ to play. If you are interested in helping us in this way please contact the Assistant Director of Music Edward Turner, via the Cathedral Office: 18-19 Iron Gate, Derby DE1 3GP Tel: 01332 341201 Email:

Please click here for Visiting Choirs – General Information 
Please click here for Visiting Choirs Confirmation Form 
Please click here for Guidance for Conductors 
Please click here for Guidance for the Organist
Please click here for Weekends Still Available for Visiting Choirs in 2017 
Please click here for Saturdays Still Available for Visiting Choirs in 2017
Please click here for Saturdays Still Available for Visiting Choirs in 2018
Please click here for Weekends Still available for Visiting Choirs in 2018 
Please click here for Responses for the Eucharist
Please click here for Eucharist Responses during Lent 
Please click here for Easter Dismissal for Evensong




Daily Services


8:00am Holy Communion

9:15am Sung Eucharist (Bridge Chapel)

10:45am Cathedral Eucharist

6:00pm Choral Evensong



8.30am Morning Prayer 

1.05pm Holy Communion 

5.15pm Evensong or Evening Prayer Said 



8.30am Morning Prayer 

1.05pm Holy Communion 

5.15pm Evensong or Evening Prayer Said 



8.30am Morning Prayer 

1.05pm Holy Communion 

5.15pm Evening Prayer 



8.30am Morning Prayer 

1.05pm Holy Communion 

6.30pm Evensong or Evening Prayer at 5.15pm during school holidays



8.30am Morning Prayer 

9.00am Holy Communion 

5.15pm Evening Prayer 



8.30am Morning Prayer (Bridge Chapel)

9.00am Holy Communion (Bridge Chapel)

5.15pm Evening Prayer


Additional Services

Latvian Lutheran, German-Speaking Lutheran and Russian Orthodox services take place at the Bridge Chapel. Please call the Cathedral Office on 01332 341201 for further details.


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Head of Operations

Full time, permanent contract

Derby Cathedral is a busy, city-centre place of worship committed to serving the city, county and Diocese. The pictures below demonstrate the Cathedral’s diversity of outputs. As Head of Operations, you will be responsible for operational management of the Cathedral as it enters an exciting phase of its life and ministry. This special opportunity is perfect for an enthusiastic applicant with a dynamic approach to management. Click the link below for more information and to apply.

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Head of Op

(Images left to right) Derby Cathedral's Evensong of Light; a collaboration with the University of Derby celebrating the 90th anniversary of the formation of the Diocese of Derby ~ Live Music Performance; Derby Cathedral hosts many concerts, and is a venue for the city’s Folk and Film Festivals ~  Retail Operations; The Cathedral manages an award-winning Café and Bookshop ~ Fabric Works; The Cathedral is a Grade I listed building; a number of fabric works have recently been completed including a £750,000 roof repair.




Derby Cathedral relies heavily on the help and support of its family of volunteers.  Volunteers help and assist in maintaining daily worship of the Cathedral and managing its life and ministry as well as welcoming visitors to the Cathedral, the Cathedral Centre and the Bridge Chapel.

There are various roles for volunteers in the Cathedral in order to support the bigger picture of caring for the Cathedral building and upholding its mission.

Our community of volunteers currently stands at around 200 strong and new members and volunteers are always welcome to help carry forward the mission and life of this ancient and holy place.

For more information please contact the Cathedral Office on 01332 341201 or email



Like all other Cathedrals, Derby is much more than a beautiful building. It is, as its constitution states, ‘the seat of the Bishop and a centre of worship and mission’. The Bishop gathers the clergy and people of the Diocese of Derby here for the ordinations of deacons, for the baptism of new Christians and for confirmation, for the blessing of the holy oils on Maundy Thursday and for other great diocesan occasions. Additionally he presides at the liturgy in the Cathedral at Christmas, Easter and other principal festivals. He also organises Parliament Days for sixth formers, and Summits on key topics in contemporary society.

The Cathedral is governed by the Dean and the Chapter – three priests, known as canons, and four lay people. The Dean and Canons have a particular responsibility for maintaining the daily worship of the Cathedral, as well as managing its life and ministry, assisted by the lay staff and many volunteers.

Its mission involves schools work and adult education, welcome and hospitality to visitors, pilgrims and to people in distress of one mind or another, sharing the Christian faith and engaging in dialogue with enquirers and with those of other faiths, and working in close co-operation with the City, the University and other institutions.

Although a Church of England Cathedral, it tries to be a holy place and a sign of unity for Christians of many traditions and a meeting place of faiths.

The Cathedral is supported in its ministry daily by a large team of volunteers who include the people who welcome visitors to the Cathedral, the Cathedral Centre and Bridge Chapel. The Friends of the Cathedral are a company of those who care for the Cathedral building and its mission and support it financially.

Newcomers and volunteers are always welcome to help carry forward the mission and life of this ancient and holy place.

Each day the Eucharist, with its origins in the Last Supper on the night before Jesus died, is celebrated around the altar in the Cathedral. On Sundays and festivals it is a sung service, with one of the Cathedral’s three choirs leading the music and with the participation of the Cathedral’s regular congregation, which also contributes much to it’s life through the week. The Cathedral also hosts many occasions through the year when the wider communities of the city and county come to mark significant occasions in local and national life. It is the setting also for concerts, recitals, festivals and exhibitions.

Amidst all this activity in what is very much a ‘working Cathedral’, there are nevertheless long periods of calm and quiet and visitors are always welcome to walk round, to sit and enjoy its peace, to join in worship, to light a candle or pray.

The Friends of Derby Cathedral was founded in 1942 to form a network of support for the work of the Cathedral, care of the fabric, the improvement of facilities and help towards the musical contribution to its worship.

Through subscriptions, membership donations and fund raising events, the Friends provide money which is then used for approved Cathedral projects.  Friends receive a periodic newsletter and annual report and a yearly festival is held in the Cathedral.

Each year the Friends arrange a number of visits to other cathedrals and churches and other places of interest. Recent grants from the Friends have supported work on vestments, furniture repairs, and silver restoration.

The annual subscription rates are:

  • Personal £10
  • Joint £15
  • PCC £20
  • Life £200
  • Joint Life £250

For more details, or to sign up as a Friend, please contact: The Friends’ Secretary Cathedral Offices 18/19 Iron Gate DERBY DE1 3GP Email: or pick up a leaflet at the back of the Cathedral.


Derby Cathedral Friends Trip

*A gathering of Friends on a trip to Coventry Cathedral

Derby Cathedral scones

Located next to the Bookshop directly opposite the Cathedral.

OPEN: 10am – 4pm Monday to Saturday.

CATHEDRAL CAFE TELEPHONE: 01332 227660The Cathedral Café specialises in home-made cakes, soups, sandwiches and jacket potatoes. Every day there are “specials” to tempt you; whether you want an early breakfast, morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea. We are also one of the few places in Derby to serve speciality teas in proper china cups. Very reasonably priced, we have something for all tastes. 

The Café is a friendly welcoming spot to chat with friends, hold informal coffee mornings in the Sir Richard Morris Lounge (lower level of the Café) or simply to sit and watch the world go by. If you do not have time to stop then our take-away service will suit you. Also the Café is available for hire for evening events; and we work with you to design your menu to suit your taste and budget. 

The Café is a fantastic space to think about your next book or gift purchase, available from the Cathedral Bookshop just next door! 

If you want to talk about holding a coffee morning or hiring the Café for an evening event please phone: 
01332 341201 or email

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Cathedral Office: 01332 341201

Cathedral Bookshop & Café : 01332 227660


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