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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 Derby LIVE Box Office; available online here, by telephone 01332 255800, or in person. On the day tickets can also be purchased from the Cathedral Bookshop if you have missed the opportunity to prebook.

Capacity limited to 15 each session. Tickets include a free drink in the Cathedral Cafe if you visit on the day of your tour. Tours are led by our knowledgeable and enthusiastic Tower historians.

The 2018 programme:

Saturday 6th October - 10.40am, 11.40am, 12.40pm*, 1.40pm*, 2.40pm, 3.40pm *Sold Out

Saturday 3rd November - 10.40am, 11.40am, 12.40pm, 1.40pm, 2.40pm*, 3.40pm* *Sold Out

Saturday 1st December - 10.40am, 11.40am, 12.40pm, 1.40pm, 2.40pm, 3.40pm




Derby Festé Tower Tours - Get a birds-eye view of Derby Festé as it takes over Cathedral Green and Iron Gate from the second-highest bell tower in the country!
Saturday 29th September: 1.40pm, 2.40pm, 3.40pm. Advance tickets (£5 adults, £4 8-16 years) on sale from Derby LIVE Box Office.

Half Term Tower Tours:   31st October - 10.40am, 11.40am, 12.40pm, 1.40pm, 2.40pm, 3.40pm. Advance tickets (£5 adults, £4 8-16 years) on sale from Derby LIVE Box Office.


 Bonfire Night Tower Tour





More information on the full programme is available from Derby QUAD, 01332 290606 or 

Saturday 22nd September 2018, 7.30 pm

Songs from Opera and Oratorio to Gershwin in Derby Cathedral. Including a Handel aria, an extract from Wagner's Rheingold, Shakespeare songs and Gershwin.

Catherine Wyn-Rogers

One of the world’s greatest Mezzo Sopranos and a regular performer at English National Opera, The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and the Bavarian State Opera, Catherine gave a memorable performance as the soloist at the last night of the BBC Proms. Recently she has recorded Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius with Daniel Barenboim and is currently a soloist with the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

James Baillieu

Described by the Daily Telegraph as “in a class of his own” James is an accomplished chamber musician, soloist and accompanist. His international career has included collaborations with a wide range of singers and instrumentalists – as well as Catherine Wyn-Rogers these have included Ian Bostridge, Dame Kiri te Kanawa and Jamie Barton. A recent, local event was a recital with Sheku Kanneh-Mason at the Southwell Festival.

Tickets are priced at £20 (reserved Central Nave) / £16 (Balcony and Side Aisles). More information, including ticket details, can be found at 

Tuesday 2nd October 2018, 7.00pm, refreshments from 6.30pm

Dr Rhoda Hawkins, Senior Lecturer in Biological Physics Theory at the University of Sheffield, will join us to discuss the role of faith in physics. Her talk will outline how various philosophical worldviews interact with science and religion and explore the exciting areas where they overlap. Dr Hawkins will reflect on our varying understanding of the world when seen through different disciplines, drawing parallels with her own interdisciplinary work which covers both Physics and Biology. Attendance is free but booking is advised via the IOP website



Saturday 6th October 2018

Derby Cathedral are thrilled to welcome back Derby Folk Festival for the third year running. The exciting Saturday programme at the Cathedral is detailed below.


Cathedral Saturday Lunchtime:

12.30pm - 2.30pm - Oka Vanga, followed by Winter:Wilson

Cathedral Saturday Teatime:

4.30pm - 6.30pm - Sally Barker & Brooks Williams

Tickets for the festival are available from Derby LIVE and give entry Friday - Sunday across all venues.

Plus don't forget to check out the other acts and venues involved in this festival, the full programme can be found at

Wednesday 10th October 2018, 7.00pm

Young performers from schools across Derbyshire put on a fantastic show to say thank you for the Harvest festival Gifts given to ensure the great work of Padley continues.

Tickets are priced at £5, available from the Padley Charity Shop Sadler Gate Derby or call 01332 774480

Saturday 13th October 2018

Have a head for heights or feeling adventurous? Challenge yourself, make a difference to the children, young people and families who rely on Rainbows. Adventurous participants will get the rare opportunity to abseil from the second highest cathedral tower in the country. Those doing the abseil will climb the 189 steps of the historic 212ft high tower to the top and enjoy perhaps the finest views of Derby city center. They will then make an exciting descent back to the ground by abseiling down the outside of the tower. The abseil is available from 9am until 7pm on the day, and you’ll be asked your preferred time slot when booking. Interested in taking part in this fantastic challenge event? sign up today via the Rainbows website.

For more information about this challenge and to discuss fundraising requirements please call the fundraising team on 01509 638006 or email at

Saturday 13th October 2018, 3.00pm

As part of its celebrations, Methodist Homes Association is holding a Service of Thanksgiving in the Cathedral. The event will be an opportunity to celebrate the foresight of our founders as we remember those we have cared for over the years, the dedication of our staff, volunteers and supporters - and look forward to the next chapter in MHA’s history.

The service is free of charge but we would ask that you book tickets online via the MHA website



Wednesday 17th October 2018, 7.30pm

Conductor       Frank Zielhorst     

Soloist Violin  Benedict Holland

Soloist Oboe   Maddy Aldis-Evans

Stravinsky       Dumbarton Oaks

Bach                Oboe & Violin concerto

Respighi          Gli Uccelli (The Birds)

Mendelssohn  Symphony No.4

Be enchanted by the East Midlands only professional orchestra Sinfonia Viva, as they offer up a balanced programme of contrasts and virtuoso musicality. Featuring Oboe Soloist Maddy Aldis-Evans, Violin Soloist Benedict Holland and led by Principal Conductor Frank Zielhorst.

A journey of tantalising highs, the programme starts with Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks, an ode to the spirit of Bach with its nods to the Baroque style realised in modern harmonic, rhythmic, and melodic idioms. The programme then glides into Bach’s gracious and spirited; Violin Concerto, featuring both soloists in an expansive duet, weaving crisscross solo lines that echo phrases back and forth like musical questions and answers. The piece’s nonstop finale is brisk and exhilarating, matching Respighi’s sparkling instrumental colour and swift contrasts of volume and tempo in Gli Uccelli (The Birds).

Mendelssohn’s classic Symphony No.4 lights the musical fireworks as a spectacular climax to the concert. Known as the ‘Italian,’ it is an instantly recognisable all-time favourite for many and an extravagant, memorable finale.

Tickets are priced at £16 - £25, available from Derby LIVE 01332 255800, in person at the Market Place Box Office or online


Sunday 21st October 2017, 3pm. Free to all.

All creatures great and small are welcomed to this service celebrating the patron saint of animals, St Francis. From donkeys to dogs, llamas to locusts, bring your pets for a blessing in this lively, informal service and meet some animal rescue heroes.

Saturday 10th November 2018, 7.30pm

Accompanied by the Central England Camerata, Derby Choral Union present an evening with Hayden ~ Nelsons Mass, Vaughan Williams ~ Donna Nobis Pacem, Beethoven ~ Elegischer Gesang.

Tickets are priced £12 - £18 and are available from 

Friday 23rd November 2018, 7.30pm

Join London Concertante for an evening packed full of classical favourites for all the family, including well known works by Mozart, Bach and Vivaldi.


  • Mozart - Divertimento in D
  • Pachelbel - Canon in D
  • Bach - Violin Concerto in A minor
  • Arensky - Variations on a theme of Tchaikovsky
  • Vivaldi - “Autumn” & “Winter” from The Four Seasons

Tickets are priced from £19, available from Ticketsource

Enjoy this expertly crafted programme headlined by the renowned, and seasonally chosen, “Autumn” and “Winter” from the Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi.  Expect the icy crispness of the seasons, with chilling runs and aggressive, haunting melodies, as well as the nostalgic warmth of the fire with the heart-warming melody in the second movement of “Winter”.  Accompanied by a selection of audience favourites including Mozart’s charming, lively and brilliant Divertimento and Bach’s virtuosic, spritely and energetic Violin Concerto as well as the compositional masterclass of Pachelbel’s Canon in D, with its iconic ground bass and expertly crafted layering of melodies.  Anton Arensky’s slightly more unusual work adds some stereotypical Russian Romanticism to the programme with a passionate and exhilarating set of variations on a popular tune by another Russian, Tchaikovsky.  The evening promises to be a remarkable journey of musical emotions, enthusiastic interpretations and stunning string playing that will be the talk of the office on Monday!

Saturday 24th November, 7.30pm

J. S. Bach Christmas Oratorio, parts I, II, III & VI (sung in German)

Conductor Richard Roddis performs with soloists: Soprano ~ Elizabeth Cragg, Alto ~ William Purefoy, Tenor ~ Mark Wilde, Bass ~ Peter Savidge

With  Baroque Ensemble, Leader Nicolette Moonen, Organ Continuo  Hugh Morris



Reserved seat in centre nave  £20

Unreserved seat in inner side aisle £16

Unreserved outer side aisle  £10

Students  £5

Accompanied under 16s free

Wednesday 28th November 2018, 7.30pm

X-Factor stars and operatic multi-platinum selling vocal quartet G4 are back, with their atmospheric performance. Expect to hear classics such as Silent Night and When a Child is Born.

The Pauline Quirk Academy of Performing Arts will also be performing in association with G4 Young Voices. VIP tickets are available, including a pre-show Meet & Greet with G4 at 6pm. Doors will open at 6.45pm for all other ticket holders.

Tickets are available online via the G4 website>>

Tickets in the side aisles of the venue are also available from the Derby LIVE Box Office. Please note that seating in these sections is unreserved.

For wheelchair and group booking enquiries please contact

Saturday 1st December 2018, 7.00 pm

Becoming a staple in the Cathedral diary for Christmas, music to include:

  • Swan Lake
  • Overture to Candide
  • Oklahoma
  • Danzon No.2 Marquez

Tickets - £14 (£12 concessions) under 18's free with adult.

Available from - Foulds Music Store Irongate, and online at


Sunday 2nd December 2018, 6.00 pm

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.

Wednesday 5th December 2018, 7.30pm

Enjoy an evening of festive music at Derby Cathedral.

The 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, £5 per person, via the Rainbows website 

Thursday 6th December 2018, 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 7th December 2018, 7.30 pm

Derby Hospitals Choir’s 36th Annual celebration of music and Christmas carols. This years recipients are the Orthopaedic Trauma Unit based at The Royal Derby Hospital. We are pleased to be supported by The City of Derby Senior Brass Band.

Tickets are priced from £7.50 and are available online at alternatively email

Saturday 8th December 2018, 7.00 pm

Experience Handel’s iconic ‘Messiah’ in the beautiful surroundings of Derby Cathedral, bathed in candlelight.

Tickets (£20 centre nave, £15 side aisles/balcony) available from Derby LIVE., call 01332 255800 or in person from the box office in the Market Place.


Photo credit: Matthew Jones Photography


Friday 14th December 2018, 7.30 pm

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 in the glorious surroundings of Derby Cathedral.

Ticket information will be available shortly, for more information email or call 01773 384 121

Saturday 15th December 2018, 7.30 pm

Carols of Comfort and Joy!

Carols for Choir, Children’s Choir and Audience alike. Featuring special guests ~ William Gilbert School Choir and the Jazz Quintet Band.

Tickets priced at £20 - £18 - £14, available from the Derby Choral Union website

Sunday 16th December 2018, 6pm

The Mayor of Derby invites you to a festive carol service with the Cathedral Choir. Free to attend, all are welcome.

Photo credit: Matthew Jones Photography

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