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Derby Cathedral and the Friends of Cathedral Music are inviting composers to submit a new setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis The Derby Service to celebrate the FCM National Gathering at Derby in June 2020. The winning work will be premiered at Evensong on Sunday 14th  June 2020 by Derby Cathedral Choir as part of the Gathering. 

An award of £1000 and the possibility of the work being published by Encore Publications will be given to the composer of the winning entry!

For details of how to submit your entry, please see the attached flier. 

Wednesday 26th February, 12noon - 2pm

Passers-by can choose to be marked with ash at ’Ashes To Go’ stations throughout the city as a way to begin Lent, remember God, or just to stop and think about how their lives could be different. The imposition of ashes will also take place at the 1.05pm Eucharist, and at a special Sung Eucharist to mark the beginning of Lent, 6.30 pm.

Photo credit: Jean Martin

Tuesday 3rd March, 7–9 pm

An opportunity to sing as a group and learn music from the Taizé and Iona communities. After gentle body and voice warm-ups and a sung round, short songs and chants will be taught in four-part harmony.  Simple hand movements and demonstration allow the music to be learnt naturally, by ear.  Someone will always lead each part, so no-one is left on their own.

After an interval and light refreshments, the music is sung again in a more contemplative fashion.  The ‘dazzling silences’ that follow the pieces can lead to an opportunity for meditation, or simply a reflective stillness in the beauty of the Cathedral.

All are welcome and there is no charge for the evening.

Saturday 14th March 2020, 7pm

Music to include: Suppe - Pique Dame Overture; Dvorak - Cello Concerto (soloist: Katherine Jenkinson); Holst - The Planets.

Tickets: £14 or students & concessions £12. Under 18s free with an adult. Available from Derby Concert Orchestra website, or Foulds Music Shop, Iron Gate Derby. 


Saturday 21st March 2020, 7.30pm

Conductor Richard Roddis

Organist Alex Binns

Fauré's Requiem is paired with the later Missa Brevis by Hungarian composer Kodály - here in the version with organ accompaniment.  Derby Bach Choir is delighted to welcome Cathedral Director of Music, Alex Binns for this performance.

Tickets: £20/£16/£10, Students £5 and accompanied under 16s FREE. Tickets available from the Derby Bach Choir website, or Foulds Music Store.

Wednesday 25th March 2020, at 7.30pm

Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Thea Musgrave Green

Pergolesi Stabat Mater


Frank Zielhorst

Join Grammy-nominated and RPS Award winning orchestra Sinfonia Viva, for an extravagantly elegant programme featuring one of the most recognisable pieces of music ever created in Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. An instantly recognisable piece used in TV and film, the serenade is one of the most enduringly popular of all of Mozart's works.

Thea Musgrave's Green simmers with tension and energy in a provocative exploration of power and influence. Exploring its themes through the tangible power of sound, it is a piece that has to be experienced live in the wonderful acoustics of Derby Cathedral.

Pergolesi’s passionately dramatic Stabat Mater features rocketing live soprano and alto vocal performances, that light the musical fireworks for this stunningly rich and immersive performance.

Tickets £25/£19/£16, available at Sinfonia Viva website, Derby LIVE website and via phone at Derby LIVE - 01332 255800

Saturday 4th April 2020, 7.30pm

Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle (Little solemn mass) was written in 1863, possibly at the request of Count Alexis Pillet-Will for his wife Louise to whom it is dedicated. The composer, who had retired from composing operas more than 30 years before, described it as "the last of my péchés de vieillesse" (sins of old age).  

The extended work is a missa solemnis, but Rossini labelled it, not without irony, petite (little).

Conducted by Derby Choral Union Music Director Paul Provost.

Tickets priced at £18/£15/£12 available from Derby Choral Union Website

Friday 10th April 2020, 7.00pm

Derby Cathedral Choir
The Heart of England Orchestra
Richard Roddis - Evangelist
Alexander Binns - Director

Come and hear Bach's monumental masterpiece sung by the Cathedral Choir in German on the evening of Good Friday.

Tickets are available online now

Saturday 2nd May 2020

This is your chance to abseil 212 ft down the Derby Cathedral!  The challenge is terrifying, the cause rewarding. Are you up for it?

The abseil benefits both the When You Wish Upon a Star Uk charity and Derby Cathedral. Adventurous participants will climb the 189 steps of the tower before taking on the descent from the top of the Cathedral. 

Secure your place today: email or call us on 0115 979 1720.

We will support you with fundraising advice and ideas to help you achieve your fundraising target.

Click on the link below to download a booking form now! 

WYWUAS Abseil Booking Form 020520

Complete and return by email to or by post to:  When You Wish Upon a Star, Head Office, Futurist House, Valley Road, Nottingham, NG5 1JE

All proceeds from this event are split 50/50 between us and Derby Cathedral.

Saturday 2nd May, 7.30pm


Bach - Violin Concerto in A minor

Vivaldi - Concerto for 2 Violins in A minor

Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Vivaldi - Four Seasons

UK based chamber ensemble London Concertante has a reputation for being one of the most dynamic and versatile groups in the UK today.The ensemble continues to create captivating and compelling concert experiences for their audience – through their bold programmatic choices, high calibre of musicianship, and commitment to producing exhilarating performances. More than half of the attendees of London Concertante performances are first-time classical concert goers, reflecting one of the ensemble’s core values: that classical music should be accessible. London Concertante strives to create a concert experience where high-quality music can be enjoyed by a range of individuals; contributing to a larger, more inclusive culture. This is reflected in their musical output – the ensemble regularly performs up to and over one hundred concerts per year, making it the busiest ensemble of its kind in the country.  With their numerous recordings reaching great critical acclaim, the ensemble has continually been regarded as one of the finest groups in Europe since its founding in 1991.

Tickets available via Ticketsource

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