15th February 2016

Derby Cathedral Jenny Mather

Detail of Jesus Meets His Mother by Jenny Mather

Derby Cathedral will host an exhibition of fifteen works of art by Derbyshire artists this Easter. The artists have each created one of the traditional Stations of the Cross.

The works of art in ‘A Derbyshire Passion’ tell the story of the Passion – the trial and death of Jesus – with a Derbyshire eye. Visitors will be able to experience the sequence of works of art as a whole and will also see details and perspectives that are unique to these artists. The works include paintings, textiles and lettering. With a variety of skills and approaches, they unite to tell the story of Easter. 

‘A Derbyshire Passion’ will be open to visitors to Derby Cathedral, free of charge, from Saturday 12th March until Thursday 31st March. The Stations of the Cross will form part of the experience of worshippers during the Cathedral’s Holy Week and Easter services.

‘We are delighted to host an exhibition on this scale and subject,’ said the Dean of Derby, the Very Reverend Dr John Davies DL, ‘and very grateful to the artists for giving us their unique perspectives on the story of Easter. For the few weeks it is with us ‘A Derbyshire Passion’ will transform the Cathedral and we hope it will also tell the story of Easter unforgettably for all our visitors.’

For details of related events during the exhibition see

Saturday 27th February at 7.00 pm

Faure's Requiem

Derby Cathedral Derby High School choir

The Derby High School and Grammar School Choral Society will be presenting their 12th annual concert. The concert will consist of a piano concerto by Bach, music by John Rutter and Faure's beautiful requiem.

The concert will be conducted and directed by Ed Temple and the soloist will be Haruka Yamamoto. Tickets are available on the door or reservations from Gail Mann on 01332 514267. This concert is open to the general public.


Boys choir:

Tuesday 4.20-5.50 (with refreshments available from 4.00) (this includes a sung service at 5.15pm)

Thursday 5.55-7.15 (this includes a sung service at 6.30pm)

Friday 4.30-5.30 (with refreshments available from 4.00)

Sunday services as per the diary - usually either morning (10.00-12.00 or evening (5.10-7.10);

Extra events as advertised in the choir diary

Girls Choir:

Monday 4.20-5.50 (with refreshments available from 4.00) (this includes a sung service at 5.15pm)

Thursday 4.30-5.30 (with refreshments available from 4.00)

Sunday services as per the diary - usually either morning (10.00-12.00 or evening (5.10-7.10);

Extra events as advertised in the choir diary

The choir follows term patterns and gets at least one (but usually both) half term weekends off.

The choir sings through to Christmas and Easter, but gets time off after both.

Saturday 16th April at 7.00 pm

With special guests Derwent Brass

Compered by BBC Radio Derby's Andy Potter

with the Alfreton, Pye Hill &District and Chesterfield Male Voices Choir

Tickets £12.50 on the door - £10 in advance, available from Foulds Music Store and

Derby Cathedral DCMVC

29th January 2016

The Derby-based photographer, Ewan Mathers, will launch his new exhibition ‘The Secret Cathedral’ on Thursday February 4th, 2016. A graduate of Derby University’s famed Photography department, he has established himself as one of Derby’s leading photographers, but he also enjoys using his skills in original non-commercial ways. ‘The Secret Cathedral’ is the result of an investigation carried out over many weeks behind the scenes at Derby Cathedral, which has taken him up the Cathedral’s landmark tower, into the crypt and even behind the famous Smith of Derby clock!

‘The Secret Cathedral’ will give intriguing insights into the newly refurbished Derby Cathedral. As he says of his work, ’I try to develop images that allow the viewer to make new personal associations. The aim is always to invite the viewer to see what they may have missed. In this project I have brought my personal perspective to Derby Cathedral to accentuate features that I feel are representative elements of the whole experience of visiting this building.’

Will you recognise the features Ewan’s photographs reveal? The exhibition will launch with a free reception on Thursday February 4th, at 5pm and continue until Monday 29th February, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, closed Sundays.

 Derby Cathedral Ewan Mathers 1

Derby Cathedral Ewan Mathers 2

Photographs by Ewan Mathers depicting the secrets of Derby Cathedral, including the medieval dog at the feet of the Sub-Dean Johnson Tomb and a small cog behind the face of Derby Cathedral’s Smith of Derby Clock.

Editor’s Notes

Derby Cathedral is the Cathedral for the people of Derby and Derbyshire. Founded in 943AD, the Church of All Saints became a Cathedral in 1927. Although one of the smallest cathedrals in England, its Tudor tower is the second highest in the UK. Derby Cathedral is a gem of Enlightenment and Tudor architecture, and a centre of city, regional and national life. - 01332 341201 - Contact: Alex Rock, Cathedral Development Officer,

Be a part of Derby Cathedral Choir!

Outstanding opportunities for boys in Y3+ (aged 7/8) and girls in Y5+ (aged 9/10).

Find out more, or book an audition place now by calling the Director of Music, Hugh Morris

T: 01332 202231 or 07760 766199
E: (direct email)


Girls choir auditions:
Sunday 13th March, 2.00-5.00pm (contact Hugh to book an audition)

Boys choir

Open evening: Sunday 13th March.
Join us for Evensong at 6.00pm, followed by a presentation and Q/A session over drinks.

Boys choir auditions:
Sunday 20th March, 2.00-5.00pm

 For more information, visit our Music page.

Thursday 18th February 2016

Derby Cathedral Malcolm Brown 

The Revd Dr Malcolm Brown, Director of the Mission and Public Affairs Division, Archbishops’ Council

From 11.40 am     Coffee in the Cathedral

12 noon    First session on the recent report chaired by Lady Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, thought to be not a satisfactory way forward for the CofE.

The speaker will summarise and critique ideas in the report.

1.00 pm    Informal lunch in the Cavendish Area of the Cathedral, and time to engage individually with the speaker.

1.30 pm    The second session will see Malcolm Brown outline suggestions for the church’s public ministry in the coming decade. How should we ‘do God’?

‘Doing God’ in public is perhaps the issue for the Church of England to face, in a context and a society which seems both to exclude mention of God, but also to value on occasion the church’s presence, ministry and intervention: a complex situation to reflect on.

RSVP to by 10th February. There is no charge for the day.

A presentation by Canon Dave Perkins, with guitar accompaniment.

Derby Cathedral Dave Perkins 

Ploughman’s Supper

Licensed Bar

Friday 4th March, 7.00pm for 7.30pm

Tickets: Adults £8, children free

At the Cathedral, in the Beddoes Room;

access from Full Street

Tickets from the Cathedral Social Committee

(or via the Cathedral Office)

Derby Cathedral Sinfonia Viva Graham Hall

The work of Pinxton musician Graham Hall will take centre stage at Sinfonia Viva’s ‘Timeless Classics’ concert at Derby Cathedral on Wednesday March 2 with the premiere of orchestrations of two well-known pieces.

Graham is Sinfonia Viva’s Principal Timpanist and an accomplished arranger and orchestrator. He has created new versions of two of the greatest 20th century blockbusters of classical music – Mahler’s 1st Symphony and Ravel’s String Quartet.

They will be performed for the first time by the Orchestra at the evening concert under the baton of Sinfonia Viva’s Principal Conductor Duncan Ward.

Graham is one of the Orchestra’s original players when it started life as the East of England Orchestra 34 years ago.

Born in 1960, Graham studied at the Royal Academy of Music under the watchful eye of James Blades. On leaving London he taught for two years in his home city of Nottingham as a peripatetic percussion tutor before going freelance as a player in 1984.

Graham will, unfortunately, not be performing with Sinfonia Viva on March 2 having had a stroke 14 months ago.

Graham Hall added: “I was encouraged to develop my arranging work by Sinfonia Viva and my work has been featured in previous New Year’s Eve Gala Concerts at the Nottingham Royal Concert Hall and at the Darley Park concerts."

“This has been by far my most ambitious piece of arranging work commissioned by Sinfonia Viva. I am looking forward to the performance and feedback from the players and audience alike."

“Since the stroke, my playing has moved onto the back burner but it has been a chance to re-orchestrate my life and increase my music preparation work."

Duncan Ward continued: “Our theme for the Derby concerts this year has been to showcase the many and varied talents within the Viva family.

“In January we highlighted soloists Adam Mackenzie and Emily Pailthorpe and I am delighted that Graham’s skills will come to the fore in the March concert with his two fantastic arrangements.

“With great sensitivity and flair, Graham has distilled Mahler’s epic symphonic forces down to an ensemble of just sixteen players – allowing us to revel in the chamber-music style counterpoint that drives this cosmically revelatory musical voyage.

“The ‘Hall magnifying glass’ is applied in the opposite direction for the Ravel.

“In this case he imagines the wider palette of sonic colours the French master may have employed had he composed this heavenly music not for string quartet but for one of every instrument in the orchestra.

“It is therefore a unique chance to hear a popular masterpiece in a distinctly new light.”

Tickets for the concert at Derby Cathedral on Wednesday March 2 starting at 7.30pm are £20 (£18 concessions) or £17 if previously booked alongside Sinfonia Viva’s January 2016 Derby Cathedral concert. Available from Derby LIVE, Tel: 01332 255800, online at or in person at the Assembly Rooms box office.

Media enquiries: Sarah Jenkin-Jones, JJPR, Tel: 01332 515102; 07951 945 665;

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