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Leaning Tower of Derby

Cathedral Tower Tours are back!

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!

Advance tickets (£5 adults, £4 8-16 years) on sale from the Cathedral Café; capacity limited to 15 each session. Tickets will be on sale two weeks prior to the tour date. Tickets include a free drink when purchasing a slice of cake or a scone in Derby Cathedral Bookshop. Tours are led by our knowledgeable and enthusiastic Tower historians.

The 2018 programme:

Saturday 7th April - 10.40am, 11.40am, 12.40pm, 1.40pm, 2.40pm, 3.40pm

Saturday 5th May - 10.40am, 11.40am, 12.40pm, 1.40pm, 2.40pm, 3.40pm

Saturday 3rd March 2018, 7.00 pm

Derby Concert Orchestra prides itself on exploring a wide range of works, and the pieces to be found in the 68th season certainly back this up. At the Cathedral this spring the programme will include:

Dvorak - Scherzo Capriccioso

Sibelius - Scene with Cranes

Rimsky Korsakov - Capriccio Espagnol

Tchaikovsky - Symphony No.6 'Pathetique'

Tickets are priced at £14 (concessions £12) under 16s free with an adult ticket. Tickets available from Foulds Music Iron Gate, Orchestra Members and on the door. For more information please see the Orchestra website 

Saturday 10th March 2018, 7.00 pm

The annual choral concert for 2018 will be hosted by Derby High School.  In addition to concerto performances and smaller choral works, the concert will feature Benjamin Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb and John Rutter's exciting Gloria as the central items to the evening.  Not to be missed!

Tickets are £10 (£5 students), available on the door or via the Derby High School Website here>> 

Wednesday 14th March 2018, 7.30 pm

Introducing Frank Zielhorst - Sinfonia Viva's new Principal Conductor .

Conductor Frank Zielhorst, dances his way to Derby with a programme based on dances from the ballroom and the theatre stage to the pub and the village hall. Britten’s affectionate variations based on the music of fellow British composer and mentor Frank Bridge are dances reflecting musical admiration, with each variation acting as a nod to a specific quality in Bridge’s personality. This contrasts wonderfully with the folk music that Haydn wove into his London symphony. The bagpipes rolling over the hills and the boorish menuet, which makes everyone jump on the wrong foot, portray the best of Haydn in his writing for the London impresario Salomon. To start the programme, we dive in with a whirlwind of Dionysian ballet music from Mozart’s opera Idomeneo, highlighting the wonderful virtuosic qualities of the members of Sinfonia Viva. 


Mozart                        Ballet music from Idomeneo

Britten                        Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge

Haydn                         Symphony No.104
Tickets: Premium £26 / Standard Plus £20 / Standard £17 / Under 26's £11, available from Derby LIVE Box Office, Market Place, Derby. 0333 666 3366

Saturday 17th March 2018, 7.30 pm

Tickets are priced at £20 (reserved) / £16 (unreserved) available from the Derby Bach Choir Website

The programme for the evening will be: 

Brahms - German Requiem

Vaughan Williams - Five Mystical Songs

Butterworth - A Shropshire Lad (Rhapsody For Orchestra)

Conductor Richard Roddis; Soprano Clare Devine; Baritone Greg Skidmore; with Derby Bach Orchestra, leader Derek Williams. 

Saturday 24th March 2018, 7.30 pm

Tickets are priced at £18 / £15 / £12 and are available online from the Choral Union website>>

The conductor for this evening is Richard dacey and the programme includes:

Stainer - Crucifixion

John Tavener - Song for Athene

John Ireland - Greater Love Hath No Man

Matthew Martin - Song of New Jerusalem

Vaughan Williams - Five Mystical Songs

Friday 20th April 2018, 7.30 pm

Join one of Britain’s finest ensembles, as they tour the country with their programme of classical treats and hidden gems, headlined by Vivaldi’s iconic Four Seasons and accompanied by Pachelbel’s Canon.

Tickets are priced from £19 and are available by following the link here>>


W.A. Mozart, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik K. 525

Pachelbel, Canon in D P. 37

G.P. Telemann, Viola Concerto in G Major TWV 51

J.S. Bach, Violin Concerto in E major BWV 1042

A. Vivaldi, “Spring” & “Summer” from The Four Seasons

Saturday 12th May 2018, 7.30 pm

Tickets are priced £10 - £15, available from the Choral Union Website>>

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Centre 18-19 Iron Gate, 

Cathedral Office: 01332 341201

Cathedral Bookshop & Café : 01332 227660


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