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Derby Cathedral and venues across the city from the 23rd March - 24th April

The Cathedral tower hosts two exhibitions as part of the UK's leading photography festival, with an additional exhibition in the Sir Richard Morris Lounge. Experience a unique collision of contemporary art and historic architecture in Derby's highest gallery space!

Tours of the Clock & Carillon Rooms take place daily at 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm; tickets (£1) from Derby QUAD Box Office.

Saturday 25th March, 5.15 pm in the Cathedral

The Feast of the Annunciation marks the visit of the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, during which he told her that she would be the mother of Jesus Christ. Celebrate this great feast of the Christian calendar at this special Evensong led by the Derby Choristers.

Photo credit: Gary Murfin

Friday 31st March, 7.30 pm

After discovering Cecil Armstrong Gibb’s handwritten, unpublished setting of The Passion, David Johnson has spent many hours transcribing and rehearsing the piece with Derby Cathedral’s Voluntary Choir. Now, this decades-old composition will be performed for the first time. Don’t miss this unique evening which marks the culmination of many months of discovery and learning. Free to attend, retiring collection.

Saturday 1st April, 7.30 pm

Richard Roddis conducts a programme including some of Bach's finest settings, accompanied by the Baroque Ensemble and Derby Cathedral's Director of Music Hugh Morris, on organ.

The soloists:- Julia Gooding – soprano, William Purefoy –  alto, Jason Darnell –  tenor, Mike Dewis – bass.

Tickets: £20 reserved £16 unreserved £5 students, available from Foulds,  for more info visit


Friday 7th April, 6.00 pm

Poulenc            Sextet for Wind Quintet & Piano Op.100

Ward                Hopscotch for Wind Quintet

Plus other Wind Quintet repertoire

This fabulous wind performance is sure to put a spring in your step. Featuring some of the most beautiful wind arrangements we could find, these performances are lightly and emphatically powerful in their subtle sweeping movement. 

This drive time performance will also feature the rare opportunity to see Sinfonia Viva’s own Principal Conductor Duncan Ward playing piano during the performance of the Poulenc piece.

Tickets are £10 (£8 concessions and £6 for anyone under 26) and are available from Derby LIVE 01332 255800 or online at

Saturday 22nd April, 7.30 pm

Susanna Fairbairn Soprano

Jeanette Ager Mezzo-Soprano

Ben Thapa Tenor

James Cleverton Bass

Accompanied by The Heart of England Chamber Orchestra

Conducted by Richard Dacey

One of the masterpieces of choral music, Mendelssohn’s Elijah will be performed at the Cathedral on 22nd April 2017. Premièred just 30 miles away in Birmingham in 1846, this richly rewarding work has become a classic for both choir and audience. Written as a homage to the Baroque masters he felt were being unjustly forgotten, Mendelssohn’s supremely successful oratorio has itself become one of the ‘greats’.

Tickets are priced at £12, £15, £18, available from or on the door.


Saturday 29th April, doors 7.00 pm, film starts after sunset.

Following the success of last year’s Hunchback of Notre Dame silent film screening, Derby Film Festival returns to the Cathedral for another silent classic with live musical accompaniment on the Cathedral organ, courtesy of Donald Mackenzie, organist of the Odeon Leicester Square. Tickets (£13 adults; £11 concessions) on sale from Derby QUAD Box Office. 

Explore Derby Cathedral’s 220-foot tower and belfry before the film! An hour-long tower tour will take place at 5:45pm. Tickets for this tour (£7 adults; £5 8-16 years) include a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink – and first dibs on the best seats in the Cathedral!



Saturday 20th May, 7.00 pm

Lucy Hall, Soprano
Margaret McDonald, Mezzo
Adam Temple-Smith, Tenor
Benjamin Bevan, Bass

and The Derbyshire Sinfonia

Tickets will be available from and other outlets as detailed on their website. Ticket prices will be £15 with £13 concessions and free entry for students and under 16s (with a paying adult).

A Spring Charity Concert

Saturday 27th May 2017, 7.30 pm

Featuring Derwent Brass, offering an evening of classical big band and film music.

Tickets are priced at £12 and are available online or by phone 01332 341516

Proceeds are in aid of Children First Derby & MacMillan Cancer Support.

Friday 9th June, 7.30 pm - 9.00 pm

Our Opening Event will feature internationally renowned author Sebastian Faulks, whose latest book, Where My Heart Used to Beat, returns to what has become a recurring theme in his novels: war and love. It is a tender portrait of a man and a century. Probably his best-loved novel, Birdsong, vividly depicted a British soldier’s experience on the frontline during the First World War.

Sebastian will be in conversation with James Naughtie, BBC News' Books Editor & Special Correspondent and former presenter of Radio 4’s Today programme, who returns to the Festival for the third time.

After the event, follow the Fire Trail to The Silk Mill to view the Tower of London Poppies: Weeping Windows exhibition.

The Fire Trail has been produced by Déda Producing Limited in association with Walk The Plank.

Tickets are priced at £12, £15 and are available from Derby QUAD Box Office 01332 290 606.  

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