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 Cathedral Tower Tours

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 30th September - 1.45pm sold out, 2.45pm, 3.45pm

Half Term Tower Tours Tuesday 24th October - 10.45am, 11.45am, 12.45pm, 1.45pm, 2.45pm, 3.45pm

Bonfire Night Tower Tours- Saturday 4th November see the fireworks from the top of the tower! Tour begins at 5.45 pm and ends at 7.00 pm. Tickets (£8 adults; £5 8 - 16 years) available from the Cathedral Bookshop. Toffee apples, mulled wine and hot chocolate provided.






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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.

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.


Saturday 30th September 2017, 11.00 am

The Revd Dr Stephen Hance will be welcomed and installed as the Dean of Derby. All are welcome at this special service of celebration, led by the Bishop of Derby, please be seated by 10.40 am.

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 a number of sessions featuring The James Brothers, Ange Hardy, Sinfonia Viva and more. 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

The Travelling People - featuring former Canon Precentor, Dave Perkins

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


Saturday 14th October 2017, 7.00 pm

The Dalesmen Male Voice Choir will be joined by Mansfield & District and Bury St Edmund's Male Voice Choir for this evening of music. Tickets available from choir members.

Sunday 15th October 2017, 3.00 pm

Mark the feast of the patron saint of animals by bringing your pets to the Cathedral! All animals are welcome - from alpacas to donkeys, sheep to snails - to receive a blessing.

Saturday 21st and Wednesday 25th October 2017, 2.00 pm

Join Derby Cathedral's expert historians on a walking tour of the north side of the city, beginning at Derby Cathedral. Explore the hidden histories of Derby's churches, including one of only six Bridge Chapels in the country and the site of the long-lost Bridge Gate and St Alkmund's Church, discovering the stories of the saints and martyrs of Derby. The tour will last between 90 minutes and two hours, and will include stepped areas.

£8; advance tickets available from Derby Cathedral Bookshop


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

Sunday 29th October 2017, 6.00 pm

All Saints Church was hallowed as Derby Cathedral 90 years ago. Celebrate this momentous anniversary at a special 'Evensong of Light', feturing music, prayer, and a spectacular transformation of the Cathedral nave.


Saturday 18th November 2017, 7.30 pm


Join us for a glorious evening of choral and brass music

​Rutter - Gloria

Bruckner - Locus Iste, Ecce Sacardos

Gabrieli - Selection of brass pieces

Schutz - Psalm 150

Parry - Blest Pair of Sirens

Monteverdi - Beatus Vir

​Conductor Richard Roddis, with Derventio Brass

Tickets £20 (reserved), £16 (unreserved), £5 students, accompanied under 16s FREE

Friday 1st December 2017, 7.30 pm

Make this Christmas a “G4 Christmas”! Experience sumptuous harmonies in an idyllic, festive setting...

Due to overwhelming public demand, original X-Factor stars and operatic multi-platinum selling vocal quartet G4 are back, with their atmospheric "Christmas By Candlelight” show across the UK in November and December.

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 up-close and personal in some of the UK's most iconic historical venues. There may even be a chance for you, the audience, to join in, if you'd like to...

G4 continue to work in association with the charity Missing People and their Home For Christmas Appeal. For many, Christmas is about spending time with loved ones. Not everyone is lucky enough to be united with the people closest to them. Missing People are a lifeline when someone goes missing. Representatives from Missing People will be at the shows, shaking buckets and available to talk to.

Come and let G4's unique sound transport you into the festive spirit in a way you won't have imagined possible.

Tickets are available from two outlets:

VIP, premium tickets and central Nnve seats available online here>>

Side aisle seats and balcony seats are available from Derby LIVE here>>

VIP tickets  include a pre-show Meet & Greet with G4, at 6pm. Doors open at 6.45pm for all other ticket holders.



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