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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. 

Friday 15th November 2019, 7.30pm (doors 7pm)

Derby Film Festival returns to Derby Cathedral for another screening of a classic, with live score performed by the acclaimed Neil Brand. 

In Alfred Hitchcock's 1929 film Blackmail (PG) London saleswoman Alice White sneaks away from her fiancé to go out on an ill-advised date with the sleazy artist, Mr Crewe. However, as the naive girl is lured into Crewe's studio, his sinister sexual advances will soon arm Alice's hand with a serrated bread knife, and before she knows it, the man lies dead in a pool of blood. As Alice flees the scene of the crime in a numb haze, while the news of the unknown killer is spreading like wildfire, an invisible eyewitness will become a ruthless blackmailer. But, what will it take to keep him quiet?

We are delighted to welcome Neil Brand to the Cathedral to perform his score to the film. Neil Brand is considered one of the finest improvising piano accompanists in the world has been performing at silent film screenings for over 30 years, regularly in London at the Barbican and BFI National Film Theatres, throughout the UK and at film festivals and special events around the world. On television he appeared in, and supplied music for Paul Merton’s silent film related TV documentaries and has also presented shows on BBC4 including his hugely successful series Sound of Cinema, The Music that Made the Movies and Sound of Song.

Tickets £13 (£11 concessions), available from Derby QUAD 

Saturday 16th November 2019, 7pm

The Derbyshire Singers, with The Derbyshire Sinfonia, Amanda and Eleanor Kornas (piano), Alexander Binns (organ).

Britten:   St Nicolas (Andrew Henley: tenor, Cantamus Training Choir, Choristers from the Cathedral Choir)

Gjeilo:  Song of the Universal

Finzi:    Eclogue for Piano and   String Orchestra  (Eleanor Kornas: piano)

Two highly-talented young musicians, pianist Eleanor Kornas and tenor Andrew Henley, will be performing with the Derbyshire Singers and the Derbyshire Sinfonia at Derby Cathedral on Saturday 16th November.  They will be joined in Britten’s vivid depiction of the life of St Nicolas, that most popular of saints, by the youthful voices of the Cantamus Training Choir and choristers from the Cathedral, as they hymn his life and achievements and paint dramatic musical ‘pictures’ – amongst them Nicolas rescuing sailors from a wild storm, or bringing back to life three boys ‘pickled’ by a wicked butcher!  Norwegian-born Ola Gjeilo’s atmospheric setting of words by Walt Whitman provides a fitting contrast, and Eleanor Kornas returns as soloist in Gerald Finzi’s eloquent and moving Eclogue.

Tickets for the concert, which starts at 7.00pm, are available from Foulds Music (Irongate Derby), Robert Young Florists (Crown Square Matlock), Natural Choice in Ashbourne (01335-346096), or at (students and accompanied U-16s free).

Saturday 23rd November 2019, 7.30pm

This is Paul Provost’s inaugural concert as Music Director of DCU and we’ll be performing the two Nights of the Soul by contemporary composer Ola Gjeilo together with Duruflé’s Requiem and Four Motets. Accompanied by The Central England Camerata, this will be an unmissable programme of 20th century and contemporary choral music. Tickets £12-£15-£18, available from 

Friday 29th November 2019

7.30pm (doors 6.45pm)

Touring their ever-popular festive programme, London Concertante travel the length and breadth of the country presenting treats from across Europe to get you in the mood for mulled wine, mince pies, and baubles.



Strauss – Die Fledermaus Overture
Tchaikovsky – Nutcracker Suite
Strauss – Trisch-trasch polka
Tchaikovsky - Waltz from Sleeping Beauty
Brahms - Hungarian Dance No. 5
Schubert - Rondo for Violin & Strings
Strauss – Blue Danube Waltz

Tchaikovsky’s elegant Nutcracker Suite leads on from Brahms’ serious Hungarian Dance No.5, before Strauss II introduces us to the boundless exuberance of the Polish March in his Trisch-Trasch Polka. In the concert’s penultimate work Tchaikovsky transports the evening to the magical halls of snowy Tsarist Russia with a regal waltz from his ballet Sleeping Beauty. The evening reaches its climax with the famous Blue Danube Waltz, not only proving the crowning jewel of a fabulous night’s worth of music, but the coronation of Johann Strauss II as the master of the Viennese waltz!

Tickets priced at £29/£25/£19 available from

Saturday 30th November 2019, 7pm

A firm staple in the Derby Cathedral winter calendar, Derby Concert Orchestra return with music including:

Walton - Crown Imperial March
Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending (soloist: Dora Chatzigeorgiou)
Maxwell Davies - An Orkney Wedding with Sunrise (soloist: Lorne Macdougal)
Butterworth - Banks of Green Willow

Tickets: £14 or students & concessions £12. Under 18s free with an adult. Tickets available from, also available from Foulds Music, orchestra members and on the door.

Sunday 1st December 2019, 6pm

Begin your journey to Christmas with music and readings for Advent. This service features a spectacular transformation as the Cathedral interior begins in darkness and ends in light. 

Photo by: Simon Lewis

Wednesday 4th December 2018, 7.30pm

Enjoy an evening of festive music at Derby Cathedral.

This night of entertainment includes performances from a range of choirs, including the 120 children's voice choir which consists of children from local primary schools; while there will also be the opportunity to sing along to your favourite Christmas songs.

During the night, you'll also get the opportunity to indulge in mulled wine and mince pies, and a spot of shopping for those last minute Christmas gifts or stocking fillers - with a range of Rainbows Christmas gifts available on the night.

Don't miss what promises to be a fantastic festive evening, book your tickets, £6 per person, via the Rainbows website 

Friday 6th December 2019, 7.30pm

This year's concert will raise money for the Derby and Burton Hospital Trust Cancer Services. 

There is a welcome return of the award winning Derby City Youth Band who proved so popular last year, plus… we have as special guest, the international saxophonist Alistair Parnell. Alistair will accompany the choir in some items and also perform some amazing solos. We guarantee you will be swept away by this performance!

Tickets available from The Sanctuary at Derby Cathedral, or online 

Sunday 8th December 2019, 4pm

In support of Marie Curie, 'Lights to Remember' is about getting together with family and friends at Christmas time to remember loved ones who have died. 

Wednesday 11th December 2019, 7.30pm

Experience sumptuous harmonies in an idyllic, festive setting...

After sell-out tours in 2017 & 2018, G4 return in 2019 with their biggest and best Christmas tour to date!

With a series of 28 shows in beautiful venues nationwide, join Jonathan, Lewis, Mike and Duncan as they recall the musical experiences of their childhoods.

Expect to hear timeless classics such as When A Child is Born, Silent Night and All I Want For Christmas, as well as delightful medleys to evoke the Christmas spirit, all delivered exquisitely in some of the UK's most iconic historical venues.

Tickets are available from
VIP tickets are available, including a pre-show Meet & Greet with G4 at 6pm for all  "G4Christmas" tour dates.


For wheelchair/access bookings, please email

Thursday 12th December 2019, 6.30pm

G. Wathall & Son Ltd invite you to join them in their Christmas Carol Service which will be an opportunity to remember your loved ones at what is often an especially difficult time of year for those who are grieving. It is also an invitation – whatever your faith – to let yourself be carried by the confidence running through this service that through the darkness of grief and sorrow there is a promise of life, light and hope.

Friday 13th December 2019, 7.30pm

Christmas at the Cathedral! Featuring the massed bands of Derwent Brass with special guests the band of the Derby Central Salvation Army. The perfect family Christmas Concert featuring festive music and carols. Tickets £7, available from 

Saturday 14th December 2019, 7pm*

*Note earlier start time

The best way to start off Christmas preparations for audiences of all ages, here in the traditional Watkins Shaw version. We are pleased to welcome once again the Helix ensemble and our soloists in re-telling this seasonal story in the Cathedral setting which complements the music so beautifully.

Conductor Richard Roddis

with: The Helix Ensemble

Leader: Sarah Cresswell

Continuo: Tom Corfield

Soprano - Yvonne Howard

Alto - Flora York Skinner

Tenor - Jason Darnell

Bass - Mike Dewis 

Tickets £10/£16/£20, available from 

Wednesday 18th December 2019, 7.30pm

The recording of BBC Radio Derby's carol service, broadcast Christmas Day. A free ticketed service, ticket information available soon. Doors open at 5.30pm, please be seated by 7pm.


Photo credit: Matthew Jones Photography

Thursday 19th December 2019, 7.30pm

Paul Kerensa is back by popular demand!

Join us for a night of comedy, singalong carols, general joyous fun and professional hilarity. Andy Kind joins Paul for a bizarrely popular festive hybrid of a comedy show and a carol service. Tickets are £10, available from

Writer for BBC1’s Miranda and Not Going Out, among countless others, Paul Kerensa’s the in-demand comic who plays comedy clubs and cathedrals. He’s one of the few to have appeared both at London’s Comedy Store and on Radio 2’s Pause For Thought. A decade into his stand-up career, Paul’s one-man show has played to packed-out churches and other venues over the last few years, including festivals from Spring Harvest, Greenbelt and New Wine, to the Edinburgh Fringe and Montreal Comedy Festival.

Andy Kind won Anything for Laffs in 2005 and recently hurdled over the 2000-gig barrier. Other stuff happened in between. Described by The Scotsman as ‘Terrific’, Andy’s stand-up style can best be described as ‘the joyful rant of a post-30 chaos vacuum’, and he has been featured on BBC1, ITV, Channel 4 in the UK.

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