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Leaning Tower of Derby

2018 Cathedral Tower Tour programme

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 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


Bonfire Night Tower Tour




Wednesday 21st November 2018

Presented as part of the QUAD in Residence film season and the BFI’s Comedy Season. The Cathedral will ‘lighten up’ prior to the screenings with a spectacular projection mapping of the building exterior. The selected films for the evening are:

Sister Act (PG) at 5.30pm and Monty Python’s Life of Brian (15) at 8.30pm. Tickets for each movie are available from Derby QUAD, £13 adults, £11 concessions.

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, 7pm

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


Tickets available from Foulds Music Store, Iron Gate: 

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.


Photo credit: Simon Lewis

Wednesday 5th 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, £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, with The Heart of England Orchestra.

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: Sarah Stanton Longdon


Wednesday 12th December 2018, 7.30pm

The recording of BBC Radio Derby's carol service, broadcast Christmas Day. A free ticketed service, further details to follow in due course . Doors 5.30pm, please be seated by 7pm.


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

Saturday 22nd December 2018

The Muppet Christmas Carol (PG), 4.30pm, doors 3.30pm

Elf (PG), 7.30pm

Get into the Christmas spirit with these two festive favourites on the big screen in the Cathedral nave. Tickets available from Derby QUAD Box Office (01332 290606 / £13 adults, £11 concessions.

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