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…
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, www.sitwellsingers.org.uk 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: email@example.com for reservations.
Derby Cathedral awarded £750,000 for once-in-a-generation roof repairs
Image: Derby Cathedral from Cathedral Green, showing the 16th century tower in front of the 18th century nave and 20th century extension. Works will take place on the roof of the nave – an architectural masterpiece by James Gibbs
21st July 2016: For immediate release
Derby Cathedral has today been awarded £750,000 from the £20m First World War Centenary Cathedrals Repair Fund for works to re-lay the lead of the nave roof. The Fund was announced in the March 2016 budget by the then Chancellor, George Osborne, to support urgent repairs to cathedrals across the country.
Lead roofs normally need re-laying once every 100 years. The technique used 50 years ago in laying the lead roof has not stood the test of time, which has shortened its life. To prevent damage to the ornate barrelled nave below the roof, the roof lead will be removed and re-cast in a local foundry, before returning to be re-laid on the Cathedral roof, preserving the Cathedral’s hugely significant history and heritage.
To protect the Cathedral while the works take place, scaffolding will envelop the north and south aisles of the nave (along College Place and the Cathedral churchyard) and a false roof will be built. It is expected that works will start in November 2016 and take less than a year to complete.
Image: The interior of Derby Cathedral’s 18th century nave. Work will not affect the interior of the Cathedral; the barrelled plaster vault hides a 20-foot-high roof void in which the work will take place. Scaffolding will be erected around the outer walls of the Cathedral. (Image Credit: Mick Griffiths)
Work will not affect the day-to-day life of the Cathedral, which will remain fully open throughout the works. The repair works will also include repairs to stonemasonry, and will provide opportunities for traditional craftspeople to showcase their work in conservation. The First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund was set up in 2014 in recognition of the significant role cathedrals play in national commemorations. Derby Cathedral has been at the centre of Derby’s commemorations, most recently with the service in the Cathedral for the centenary of the Battle of the Somme; many more events are planned, including major activity in 2018.
The Very Revd Dr John Davies, Dean of Derby, says: “This is wonderful news for Derby Cathedral. It enables us to reroof the nave, securing the Cathedral's fabric for a century to come. This is the largest single grant the Cathedral has ever received. Works are planned to begin this autumn and will take less than a year. However the life and ministry of the Cathedral will be unaffected: reroofing will go on under a false roof constructed over the present nave roof. Derby Cathedral Chapter is very grateful to the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England and to government for the grant, and I applaud the Cathedral team who worked so hard on the bid.”
Editor’s Notes Derby Cathedral is the Cathedral for Derby and Derbyshire and a city centre place of worship in the heart of Derby’s Cathedral Quarter. Originally a medieval College, the Cathedral’s Tudor bell tower is the second highest in the UK, and its Enlightenment interior houses fine examples of sculptures from that era.
www.derbycathedral.org 01332 341201 Contact: Dr Alex Rock, Development Officer firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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 www.ticketsource.co.uk/derbycathedral and are priced between £18 - £22.50 (booking fee applies)
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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.
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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)