UK Young Artists (UKYA) Festival Opening: Keto & Leah Sanderson

Thursday 3rd November, 9.00 pm (doors 8.45 pm)

Derby Cathedral hosts the opening performance of UKYA’s Derby residency. The hypnotic, lovelorn songwriting of Leah Sanderson offers a quintessentially English take on modern folk. This 40-minute performance in the Cathedral nave is free; tickets and more information are available from


7th October 2016

In My Mind’s Eye is Sarah Sharpe’s title for her exhibition throughout December and January in the Sir Richard Morris Lounge at Derby Cathedral Centre.

After training and practicing as a nurse and a counsellor Sarah changed direction in her late thirties to pursue a lifelong interest in art, winning awards in a number of significant exhibitions. ‘I work in mediums such as intaglio etching, lithography, stitch and paint, striving to make an aspect of the human condition more tangible through image and choice of medium. I am  presently working on a project where I am using the woods as my studio for one full day a week. This practice is highly influential as my senses become more attuned to nature, the seasons and my passion for symbolic images and the internal imaginative process’.

The exhibition will open on 1st December and continue until 31st January 2017, Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm, closed Sundays and Bank Holidays.


16th September 2016

Congratulations go to the staff of the Cathedral Bookshop on their winning the Independent Small Retail Store of the Year award at a gala event in mid-September sponsored by Christian Resources Together.  The award is much deserved recognition of all the energy and enterprise which the staff put into the bookshop.

The Revd Dr John Davies, Dean of Derby

2nd September 2016

The Music of the Landscape is Maggie Robinson’s title for her exhibition throughout November in the Sir Richard Morris Lounge at Derby Cathedral Centre. Brought up in the North Yorkshire Moors she trained as a teacher at London University. After leaving teaching she set up her own retail fashion business whilst pursuing her interest in art. She now lives in Sheffield and is an active member of Peak District Artisans. She says of her work,  

 ‘I try to create paintings that capture the sense of  place by looking for the rhythmic, melodious and harmonious qualities that abound in our beautiful English countryside. Using acrylics, charcoal, and collage, I concentrate particularly on my use of colour  to create a personal interpretation that reflects my love of landscape, rich in musical elements’.

The exhibition will open on Tuesday 1st November and continue until Wednesday 30th November, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, closed Sundays.

For more information please contact the Cathedral Office

23 August 2016

The Queen has approved the appointment of the Very Revd Dr John Davies as Dean of Wells. Confirmation of the appointment was announced by 10 Downing Street this morning. Dr Davies succeeds the Very Revd John Clarke, who retired at the end of 2015.

The Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, Bishop of Derby, says: “John has done a superb job at Derby, establishing a strong team, masterminding significant investment in the building, including a wonderful redecoration, and making important connections across the city and county. He has established a lively Cathedral with firm foundations. We will miss him enormously – but fully support his acceptance of this new challenge. He goes with our love and prayers.”

Dr Davies says: ‘I will leave Derby Cathedral with real sadness. In six years we have achieved a lot together but the invitation to lead another Cathedral with its own challenges to face was one I could not refuse. I will preside and preach for the last time as Dean of Derby in Derby Cathedral on Tuesday 1st November, All Saints Day, in the evening.’

Dr Davies will be officially installed as Dean of Wells at a special service to be held on Sunday 20 November 2016 at Wells Cathedral.

The full text of the press release issued this morning jointly by the Dioceses of Bath & Wells and Derby is here

Wednesday 14th September 2016, 6.00pm for 6.30pm

You are invited to the launch of Imitation and Scapegoats a new book by Simon J Taylor, Canon Chancellor of Derby Cathedral, Area Dean of Derby and Director of Curate Training.

The book uses the work of René Girard on violence and religion to ask how minsters and pastors can deal with rivalry, conflict and scapegoats in their own lives and ministry. The ideas are explained through stories from the Bible, case studies and questions for reflection and discussion.

Please come and mark the launch of the book, with refreshments and a brief introduction to the themes of the book. Copies will be available for purchase.


Saturday 22nd October 2016, 7.30 pm

Performers include: award winning show choir Dale Diva, local jazz sensation Buckso, Derby University Gospel Choir and more…

Drinks and canapés available from 7.00 pm when doors open. Tickets £12, available from Foulds or Women’s Work /


Saturday 15th October 2016, 7.30 pm

Chilcott ~ Brahms ~ Mendelssohn

Conductors: Malcolm Goldring and Bob Chilcott

Widely regarded as one of the foremost chamber choirs in Derbyshire, The Sitwell Singers have been making music together for almost 50 years.

We’re proud to present a spectacular celebration of 50 years of the Sitwell Singers!

Featuring the world premiere of our specially commissioned piece by Bob Chilcott, and welcoming the man himself as guest conductor.

Tickets £18/£15 (under 16s free) available from Foulds, Iron Gate, or on the door.


Saturday 17th September, 11.00 am - 4.45 pm

A chance for all singers to spend a day singing with John Rutter. Known both for his much-loved choral compositions and as a conductor of choirs, this day offers the chance to sing a variety of John’s music under his own direction. Copies of the music will be available on the day.

Registration for the day is from 10.00 am, tickets are £16 (Non-RSCM Members) £8 (RSCM Members) Unders 18's are free. Tickets are available from the Derby Cathedral Bookshop or you can contact Elin Heron Tel: 01773 821262 Email: for reservations.

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