7th July 2016

Born and brought up in Northern Sweden Ingrid worked as a Psychiatric Social Worker until coming to Britain in 1980. Training in Art and Design at Manchester changed her career and since 2001 she has worked as an artist based near Buxton and a well established member of Peak District Artisans. Home is a series of mixed media reflections, one for each month of the year, on her identity as an Anglo-Swedish person in the Peak District. 

‘Some of my favoured techniques include collage, monoprinting and crystalline watercolour enhancing the work with a luminous quality. The result is a three dimensional, visual representation attempting to evoke thought.’

The Exhibition will open on 1st September in the Sir Richard Morris Lounge at Derby Cathedral Centre and continue until 31st October, Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm, closed Sundays.

For further information contact Geoff Robson, Exhibitions Officer. Email:

28th June 2016

Historic Bells of Derby Cathedral Rung Half-Muffled to Mark a Fallen Comrade

The ten bells of Derby Cathedral will ring half-muffled on Friday, July 1st, to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and the passing of a Derby-based bellringer who died in battle in 1916. The centenary is set to be marked with a service at 11am, during which the Last Post will be sounded and a period of silence will be kept. The Cathedral's bellringers will ring for 30 minutes before this service.

The Centenary is a particularly poignant moment for the Cathedral bellringers; in 1916, Pvt William John Davies was killed in action aged 22. Pvt Davies was based in Derby, and one of many bellringers who died in 1916. He was drafted to the 4th (Queens Own) Hussars, and his Service No. was 13284.

The Commemoration Service for the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme will be led by the Very Revd Dr John Davies, Dean of Derby, and the Bishop of Derby will preach. The Dalesmen Choir will provide music for the service, and all are welcome.
The special bellringing to mark the memory of Pvt William John Davies will take place on the same day between 7pm and 8pm. The Ringing Master, Martin Whiteley, leads the Cathedral's band of bellringers, who ring the centuries-old bells - the oldest ring of ten bells in the world - for services and special occasions. He said: "'Hundreds of men died in June 1916 during the build-up of forces and equipment ahead of the Somme battles. There was fighting around Ypres in Belgium and Lens in France, and no fewer than 18 bellringers died that month. Many, many more fell during the Somme battles that raged from July to November 1916 and we feel that it is appropriate to mark their passing by ringing the Cathedral bells half-muffled."

The Very Revd Dr John Davies, Dean of Derby, shares a name with the fallen soldier, by coincidence. He said: "It is poignant to share a name with one of those who died. Nearly 2,000 men of this county were killed, and 6,000 injured, and so this is a hugely important anniversary for Derby and Derbyshire."

Pictured: The Vormezeele Cemetery in Belgium where Pvt Davies is buried.

Friday 1st July at 11.00 am

A Civic Service of Commemoration to mark the centenary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme, the largest battle on the Western Front in the First World War. The Last Post will be sounded & silence kept in memory of those who dies in battle, among them many from Derbyshire.

Saturday 27th August 2016, doors open 7.30 pm

Household name, pop icon, TV presenter, and stage/screen actress (Calamity Jane, Cabaret, Peter Pan, Jubilee, Quadophenia) Toyah comes to Derby Cathedral this August with herAcoustic, Up Close & Personal show.

Tickets are available from our online box office and are priced between £18 - £22.50 (booking fee applies)

June 2016

Derby Cathedral, Past and Present is the title of the exhibition in the Sir Richard Morris Lounge at Derby Cathedral Centre throughout July and August. In celebration of its recent refurbishment Juliet Goodden worked as artist in residence during December creating several works reflecting people responding to the newly refurbished interior. These will be hung along with historic pictures on loan from Derby Museums showing not only the exterior but also the interior of the Cathedral as it was during the nineteenth century. Together these pictures present an invaluable insight into the atmosphere and use of the Cathedral during two hundred years. Trained at Central St Martin’s School of Art, Juliet has considerable experience as an artist in residence and enjoys learning from those she meets while drawing in very diverse settings. One of her Derby paintings has recently been selected for the John Moores Painting Prize at the Liverpool Biennial.

The Exhibition will open on Friday 1st July, with a special launch at 5pm, and continue until Wednesday 31st August, Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm, closed Sundays and Bank Holidays.

For further information contact Geoff Robson, Exhibitions Officer,


The Sixteen Bach Magnificat

Friday 3 February 2017, 7.30pm

Doors open at 7pm

Tickets: £15 / 23 / 28 available now from:

Local box office: Derby Live 01332 255800
National box office: 01904 651485 or online

In February 2017 The Sixteen take Bach's towering masterpiece on tour to seven venues around the UK.

Written in Leipzig for the 1723 Christmas Vespers, its splendour and jubilation anticipates the great choruses of his later Mass in B minor. Performed alongside this will be a selection of Bach's Cantatas and his ever-popular Brandenburg Concerto No 3.



The Sixteen choir & orchestra
Harry Christophersconductor


Concert programme:

Brandenburg Concerto No 3
Motet Singet dem Herrn
Cantata BWV 191 Gloria in excelsis Deo
Sinfonia from Cantata BWV 156
Jesus bleibet meine Freude (Jesu joy of man’s desiring) from Cantata BWV 147
Sinfonia from part 2 of Cantata BWV 75
Magnificat in D


Image credit: Arnaud Stephenson

Cathedral Barbecue

Saturday 16th July

At the Canon's Houses

22 and 24 Kedleston Road

7.00 pm until 9.30 pm

Adults £5.00 Children (under 12) £2.00

Tickets available from members of the Social Committee or the Cathedral Book Shop


Wednesday 7th September at 7.00 pm

The Service of Welcome for the new Bishop of Repton, the Right Revd Jan McFarlane, takes place in the Carthedral on Wednesday 7th September at 7.00 pm. The service will celebrate the new ministry of Bishop Jan in Derby and Derbyshire and mark a new stage in the life of the Diocese of Derby.  This service is ticketed (tickets are free) and you can book online here>> Do come along and give Bishop Jan a good Derbyshire welcome.

The Venerable Jan McFarlane will be consecrated as Bishop of Repton on Wednesday 29 June by the Archbishop of Canterbury in Canterbury Cathedral, becoming the ninth female bishop in the Church of England. She comes to Derby from the diocese of Norwich where she has been Archdeacon of Norwich. As the Bishop of Repton she will be a Suffragan Bishop, working alongside the Bishop of Derby in leading the Church of England across the whole of the county and the diocese. She will work with key people and organisations involved with the well-being of communities in Derbyshire.

(Click on the event title to read more)

25th May 2016

Those who have visited The Grand Tour which has been in the Cathedral since early April will already have come across the work of Danielle Stevenson. As a twenty-first century response to the eighteenth century monuments in the Court and Cavendish areas she has used their sculptures as the basis for four portraits in traditional oil painting style with the background unfinished as though the work was still in progress. Throughout June you will get a chance to see the paintings she produced for her BA degree last year, work which impressed me when I made one of my regular visits to the University of Derby degree show in the Art and Design Faculty. The title she has chosen, Creative Encounters, sums up her attempt to combine traditional portrait painting techniques with contemporary imagery in the form of familiar technology.

In her artist’s statement she tells of the chief influences on her work, portraits by Joseph Wright using candle light to create chiaroscuro and the unfinished portraits of Sir Thomas Lawrence which inspired her to leave her portraits of her contemporaries unfinished to give a sense of continuity between the past, in the oil painting technique, and the present. She says of her work, ‘For this exhibition I have used a bright background colour and traditional ornamental frames to emulate Victorian display practices. For the audience I would like there to be a sense of confusion as to the time period of the painting or which time is more important in my work.’

It has always been a policy of the Cathedral to encourage young artists by giving recent graduates an opportunity to display their work. This year we are fortunate in having been able to do so in both the Cathedral and the Sir Richard Morris Lounge.

Geoff Robson (Exhibitions Officer)


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