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 Tower Tours are back!

Advance tickets (£5 adults, £4 8-16 years) on sale from the Cathedral Bookshop; capacity limited to 15 each session.

Climb the 189 steps and see Derby like never before from the top of Derby Cathedral’s 212-foot high Tudor tower. See the Smith of Derby carillon play its midday tune on the oldest working set of ten bells in the world and explore the history of the second highest bell tower in the UK!

Tickets include a free drink in Derby Cathedral Café. Tours are led by our knowledgeable and enthusiastic Tower historians.

Tours takes place as follows:

Saturday 5th August - 10.45am, 11.45am, 12.45pm, 1.45pm, 2.45pm sold out,  3.45pm

Saturday 2nd September - 10.45am, 11.45am

Keep an eye on this webpage for more dates will which be added in due course, special evening tours, an all-day programme of tours for Derby Festé and more!





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The CQ Saturdays Towers, Tunnels and Tales tour is back this year.  Don't forget to book your place for this exciting tour which takes place on the first Saturday of each month.

These informative tours, led by Richard Felix will tell you about Derby's first shopping arcade (which predates Intu by 120 years!); The hidden tunnels under the Guildhall; The fastest birds in the world which nest on the Cathedral Tower; Bonnie Prince Charlie and his army marching up Sadler Gate; Industrial espionage and a suspicious death in Derby.

Tickets are available from the Mecca (in the heart of Derby’s historic Market Hall), the Tourist Information Centre and from the Cathedral Bookshop. If you’re unable to book in advance, email to reserve your place.

Organ Recitals 2017 - Tickets now on sale!


Summer organ recitals are an annual staple of the Cathedral calendar. Hear some of the country's finest organists put the Cathedral's mighty Compton organ - the largest in the county - through its paces in this varied programme of performances. The organist will be on view throughout the performance.

Wednesdays, 7.45 pm - 9.00 pm, July 19th until August 23rd.


A limited number of season tickets for all six concerts are now on sale from the Cathedral Bookshop, priced at £40. Tickets £8.50 in advance from Derby LIVE Online Box Office, in person at the Market Place box office, via telephone (01332 255443), or on the door.



July 19th: Hugh Morris (Cathedral Director of Music)

July 26th: Martyn Rawles

Aug 2nd: Jennifer Bate (International concert organist)

Aug 9th: David Davies (Exeter)

Aug 16th: Michael Overbury (Newark)

Aug 23rd: Gordon Stewart (International concert organist)

Saturday 26th August, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm

This is your annual opportunity to find out more about this unique form of music-making. Visitors to the Cathedral will be able to tour the tower, watch change ringing demonstrations in the newly refurbished ringing chamber and try ringing a real bell. Admission is just £4 for adults and £3 for children (Ages 8 - 16 years old).

Vivaldi Concertos by Candlelight

Friday 8th September, 7.30 pm

London Concertante makes its debut at Derby Cathedral this September with a wonderful programme celebrating the magnificent Concertos of Vivaldi, including “Summer” from his masterpiece, the Four Seasons. Coupled with music by Bach and with rising star and fiddle sensation, Ben Norris, at the helm, this promises to be a very special evening of fine music-making.

  • Vivaldi Concerto for 2 Violins in A minor
  • Vivaldi La Follia
  • Vivaldi “Summer” from the Four Seasons
  • Bach Concerto for 2 Violins
  • Vivaldi Concerto for 2 Violins and Cello in D minor

Guest Director/Violin: Ben Norris

Tickets are priced at: £19, £24, £28 and are available by phone: 0333 666 3366 or online booking


Friday 22nd September 2017, 6.00 pm

Derby Cathedral’s hugely popular Twilights season of concerts returns with Tedesca Quartet.

Join Tedesca Quartet for an evening of inspiring and moving melodies that will leave you humming the tunes for days afterwards.

Started in 2011, the quartet has developed a deserved reputation for given performances of rousing integrity and maturity. As such, the quartet is in increasing demand throughout the country for their wonderful concerts and so now is the perfect time to experience one their wonderful shows.

Playing with skill and superbly poised musical pizazz, the quartet will perform stirring renditions of Dvorak’s Three Cypresses, with the quartet performing numbers 7, 1 and 11 of these emotive love songs.

This will be followed by Martinu’s stirringly beautiful String Quartet No.7, before the concert comes to rapturous end with Dvorak’s String Quartet Op.51 in Eb, a favourite for string quartets around the world.


Dvorak   Three Cypresses (Nos. 7, 1 and 11)

Martinu   String Quartet No.7

Dvorak   String Quartet Op.51 in Eb

This concert is part of the Twilights series, where Derby Cathedral and Sinfonia Viva present the highest quality live music, in the grandest of settings.  Tickets are priced at £10/£8/£6 and are available from / 01332 255800 or in person from Derby LIVE Box Office, Assembly Rooms.


Wednesday 4th October 2017, 7.30 pm

A wonderful and stirring set of pieces make this concert a gift you won’t want to miss and a very welcome addition to the Twilights series of concerts.  

Named after the song that inspired Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll that was written as a present to his wife on the birth of their child Siegfried, this concert truly is a gift to be cherished.

Featuring some of the most emotionally charged, inspiring and tender music ever written, this concert will be even more special as it takes place in the grandiose setting of Derby Cathedral, one of Derby’s most emotive and moving spaces.

Starting with the creation of earth with Milhaud’s La Creation du Monde, the concert will leap across continents and musical history with music from Martinu and Wagner, before finishing firmly on American soil with the stirring and instantly recognisable Appalachian Spring.

Played by Sinfonia Viva, a Grammy nominated Orchestra and conducted by Sinfonia Viva’s Principal Conductor Duncan Ward, this concert is sure to live long in the memory.


Milhaud           La Creation du Monde

Martinu            La Revue de Cuisine

Wagner           Siegfried Idyll

Copland          Appalachian Spring

This concert is part of the Twilights series, where Derby Cathedral and Sinfonia Viva present the highest quality live music, in the grandest of settings. 

This concert is presented in association with Orchestras Live. Tickets are priced at £25/£19/£16 from / 01332 255800 or in person from Derby LIVE Box Office, Assembly Rooms.

Friday 6th – Saturday 7th October 2017

Derby Folk Festival returns to the Cathedral this year for two days of special performances and events. From classical music to BBC Folk Awards winners to solo melodeon players, there’s something for everyone at Derby Cathedral’s Folk Festival events!


Friday 6th October, 5.45pm – 6.45pm (repeated at 7.30pm – 8.30pm)

Sinfonia Viva Folk Reflections (more details to follow)


Saturday 7th October, 12.30pm – 2.30pm

The James Brothers

Travelling People

Saturday 7th October, 4.15pm – 6.15pm

Ange Hardy

Marc Block

For more information and to purchase your Folk Festival tickets, go to or visit the Derby LIVE Box Office.


Wednesday 11th October 2017 7.00 pm

The City Centre Churches present a Thanksgiving Concert to celebrate the work of Padley Group and to thank the schools and churches of Derby and Derbyshire for their kind Harvest donations.

Tickets £4 available from Padley Charity Shop Sadler Gate or call 01332 774480


21st and 22nd October 2017


In October 2017, the team are holding a sponsored abseil from the tower of Derby Cathedral in aid of both Derby Mountain Rescue and the Derby Cathedral Chapter.

Adventurous participants will get the rare opportunity to abseil from the 212ft tower, all in the safe hands of an experienced mountain rescue team. For more information or to register your interest to take part please see the Mountain Rescue Website

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