DaffodilsMothering Sunday Cathedral Eucharist

Sunday, March 6th 2016, 10:45 am

Celebrate Mothering Sunday at Derby Cathedral; the Cathedral Eucharist will feature contributions from the children of the Ark Sunday School (and attendees who would like to take part), special musical interludes (a violin will be making an appearance, among many others), there will be cake, and daffodils will be distributed among the congregation.

All are welcome at this very special service.

1966 World Cup Celebration

Friday 29th July, 6:30pm

50 years since football came home, Derby Cathedral host a fun day of celebration!


The packed event will include guest speakers sharing their memories, an exhibition of 1966 memorabilia (including Nobby Stiles' World Cup Final cap), screenings of footage from the final, competitions, raffles and a fully licensed real ale bar!

Tickets are available in person from Derby Cathedral Bookshop (£6 adults, £3 under 16s), or online ( Online tickets are subject to booking fee.

A fun and creative way for your child to learn to follow Jesus!

Body: All children are welcome to join the activities of The Ark. Children who have not yet started primary school should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

The Ark meets during the 10.45am Sunday Cathedral Eucharist, assembling in the north aisle near the pulpit towards the end of the first hymn. Look for the dove which is usually carried by one of the children or ask one of the welcomers.

The children go to the Beddoes Room (downstairs through the Vestry) for activities, and we aim to bring the children back up into the Cathedral to say the Lord’s Prayer together in the Court Area (near the Vestry doors) and get the children back to their parents / carers before going up for Communion.

At all times the children are supervised by a leader and helper who have both been fully DBS checked and trained in the Cathedral’s Fire Evacuation procedure. In the unlikely event of a fire the children will be taken directly out of the Cathedral via the downstairs doors and supervised closely until reunited with parents / carers in the assembly area.

Activities include the following and much more:

Bible stories




Drink and Snack

Godly Play


Programme for Autumn Term 2016

2 October    Harvest Service with the Ark taking part and helping to lead

9 October    Jesus brings freedom

16 October    Jesus brings challenge

23 October    half-term break

30 October    Jesus brings salvation

6 November    Making choices

13 November    Flood warning! Noah's ark

20 November    Rainbow promise: after the flood

Ark sessions on 27 November, 4 December and 11 December will look at the stories of John the Baptist and the birth of Jesus, and will also include rehearsal time fo:

18 December    NATIVITY PLAY: an Ark take-over

21 December at 3.00 pm Journey to Bethlehem - exploring the Christmas story with activities and carols for all ages

24th February 2016

Derby Cathedral Mark Cazalet

As a parallel exhibition to A Derbyshire Passion, which will be seen in the Cathedral from 12th March, the Sir Richard Morris Lounge will display The Path to Calvary by Mark Cazalet. This is a set of lino cuts commissioned in 1994 to illustrate a book. It takes the traditional fourteen ‘Stations of the Cross’ and adds a fifteenth without which the others are sheer catastrophe, an image of the Resurrection, Mark Cazalet is a well established and versatile London based artist, trained at Chelsea and Falmouth Schools of Art with further experience in Paris and Baroda (India). He has received many commissions, two of the most recent being in engraved glass, a window of St Cedd for Chelmsford Cathedral and two screens for the Community of the Resurrection at Mirfield. In ‘The Path to Calvary’ the stark reality of Jesus’ sufferings is realistically portrayed without attempting either historical accuracy or sentimental effects.They present the viewer with a challenging opportunity to meditate on the events of Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

The exhibition will open on Tuesday 1st March and continue until Thursday 31st March, 9am to 5pm, closed Sundays and Bank Holidays.

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


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.


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,

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