Wednesday 14th June, 7.30 pm

Derby Cathedral will also welcome the Reverend Richard Coles, who will be at the Festival on Wednesday 14 June.   Richard was ordained by the Bishop of Derby in 2005 and now has his own parish in Northamptonshire.  He is also the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live and TV show The Big Painting Challenge.

In his latest book, Bringing in the Sheaves, he talks about what life is like for the parson in Britain today, giving a unique insight into his daily experience in the ministry, with all the joy, drama, difficulty and humour which life - and indeed death - serves up in varying measures.  He will be in conversation with the Right Reverend Jan McFarlane, Bishop of Repton.  Tickets cost £10, available from Derby QUAD Box Office or from the Festival website: 

Photo credit: Tim Anderson


Friday 30th September, 5pm – 6pm (repeated at 6.30pm – 7.30pm)


The opening event of Derby Folk Festival sees our friends Sinfonia Viva perform pieces that weave their way through folk history. Performances include Dvorak, Tchaikovsky and Kodaly. The first performance is free to Festival ticketholders; one-off tickets to either performance are available from Derby LIVE’s Box Office at £10 each.



 Friday 16th September 2016, doors open at 8.00 pm, performance start 8.30 pm

Mercury Music Prize nominee and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner, Seth Lakeman is at the forefront of the British folk scene. After a sell-out performance at Gloucester Cathedral in 2013, Derby Cathedral is delighted to welcome Seth to the Cathedral. Tickets available from, £20/£25 (booking fee applies).

Every contact leaves a trace: forensic science and its role in criminal investigation

Wednesday 29th June, 6.30 pm

Dr Ian Turner, Head of Forensic Science at the University of Derby, will look at the role of forensics in modern criminal investigations.

Forensic Science, the application of science in a legal context is a popular topic with the general public due to successful TV shows like CSI and Law and Order. But what is the truth? How do real CSI and Forensic Scientists investigate serious crime? This talk will explore evidence such as Fingerprints, DNA, Footwear Marks and Fibres and discuss some of the amazing techniques used in their analysis.

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Jazz at the Cathedral

Saturday July 2nd, Doors open at 7.00 pm

Inspired by the Blue Note sound of the late 1950s. Gary Reader's saxophone-led jazz is underpinned by contemporary beats and rhythms. Marked as one to watch by the national jazz press, his latest release, 'Moja', has met with rave reviews.

UK-based jazz pianist Wendy Kirkland has been a regular on the jazz scene for over a decade. Her light touch and knack for melody are perfect accompaniments to her mellow voice.

Tickets are priced at £7.50, and are available from the Cathedral Bookshop and Ticket price includes canapés and a glass of fizz on arrival!

Derby Book Festival Celebration in the Cathedral

Friday 10th June 2016, 7.15 pm - 8.45 pm

Tickets £12 ~ from or the Festival Box Office in QUAD.

A special celebratory evening with James Naughtie, one of Britain’s most respected broadcasters and Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of the Arts Council England. They will be joined by ‘The Bookshop Band’.

Image: Sir Peter Bazalgette, by Philippa Gedge

David Lindo 'The Urban Birder' - Tales from Concrete Jungles

Wednesday 8th June 2016, 6.30 pm—7.30 pm

Tickets £10/£8 ~ from or the Festival Box Office in QUAD.

Plus FREE watch point viewing of the Peregrines, 5pm - 6pm

David has visited over 270 cities worldwide in search of urban birds, one of them being Derby. During his travels he has found a surprising number of committed conservationists, interesting birding locations and importantly, many birds.

Image: David Lindo by Robin Sinha

Derby Book Festival: Exploring Shakespeare and the Bible

Tuesday 7th June 2016, 6.30 pm - 7.30 pm
Free event - Just drop in

Shakespeare and the Bible are two of the great icons of English-speaking culture. Jem Bloomfield’s talk, based on his book Words of Power, traces the origins and later history of these two ‘sacred texts’.

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