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 Tower Tours are back!

Advance tickets (£5 adults, £4 8-16 years) on sale from the Cathedral Café; capacity limited to 15 each week.

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 10th June - 10.45am, 11.45am, 12.45pm, 1.45pm, 2.45pm, 3.45pm

Keep an eye on this webpage for more dates will which be added in due course, special evening tours, an all-day programme of tours for Derby Festé and more!





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The CQ Saturdays Towers, Tunnels and Tales tour is back for 2016.  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.

Summer Lunchtime Concerts
1.00 pm - 1.45 pm every Friday between May 12th and July 14th

Bring your packed lunches to Derby Cathedral and experience some of the finest musicians from Derbyshire and beyond performing on a variety of instruments. Beautiful music in a beautiful setting - all for free!

Donations to support the programme are welcome.

(Photo credit: Sarah Stanton Longdon

12 May - Sinfonia Viva, 'Lunchtime Serenade' 

19 May - Lucy Catalano & Mark Swinton, violin/organ 

26 May - University of Nottingham String Quartet 

2 June - Rebecca Sarginson (soprano) 

9 June - Singers from the Voice Box, Derby 

16 June - Beat Toyka, piano 

23 June - Derby Arts Festival Winners

30 June - Mark Ashford (guitar) 

7 July - Amanda Bonsall (soprano)  




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.

We were also looking forward to welcoming back BBC News’ Special Correspondent, James Naughtie, to interview Sebastian.  However, due to the unexpected announcement of the General Election on Thursday 8 June,  James has, very reluctantly, had to pull out of the Festival due to his broadcasting commitments.  He has however committed to return to Derby Book Festival in 2018.

However, we are very pleased to announce that Suzi Feay, a literary journalist with a particular interest in fiction and poetry, who writes regularly for The Independent, The Guardian and The Financial Times, and has been recommended to us by the BBC, has agreed to interview Sebastian.  We look forward to welcoming her to the Festival.

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 have now sold out for this evening. 

From Saturday 10th - 30th June

Johnny O’Hanlon is an artist with a theatre background and over 16 years of experience working with people across the West Midlands and beyond. He works in educational, SEN and community settings and is most at home facilitating the creative process, with a core belief that creativity makes a positive contribution to people's well-being.

This sculpture was created in collaboration with inmates from HMYOI Swinfen Hall who contributed to the shape and design of the sculpture and also with group for survivors of domestic abuse based in Lichfield, who contributed to the positive images and messages on the inside of the sculpture.

Designed as a prayerful, contemplative space, the hope is that you might leave some of your worries behind and step out of the sculpture feeling lighter and more positive. The piece will be situated in the Cavendish Area of the Cathedral.

Wednesday 14th June, 7.30 pm

Derby Cathedral will also welcome the Reverend Richard Coles, who will be at the Festival on Wednesday 14 June.   Richard was ordained by the Bishop of Derby in 2005 and now has his own parish in Northamptonshire.  He is also the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live and TV show The Big Painting Challenge.

In his latest book, Bringing in the Sheaves, he talks about what life is like for the parson in Britain today, giving a unique insight into his daily experience in the ministry, with all the joy, drama, difficulty and humour which life - and indeed death - serves up in varying measures.  He will be in conversation with the Right Reverend Jan McFarlane, Bishop of Repton.  Tickets cost £10, available from Derby QUAD Box Office or from the Festival website: 

Photo credit: Tim Anderson

An Evening of Celebration

Saturday 8th July at 7.30 pm

A selection of popular music with 'Opera Babe' Karen England, The Dalesmen Male Voice Choir and The Derventio Choir.

Proceeds for the concert will go to 'Friends of Amasango' 'Treetops Hospice Care' and 'Padley Group'

Tickets are £15 and are available from Derby Rotarians, Choir members or by contacting the three associated charities. For more information call 01332 824509 or email

Saturday 15th July at 3.00 pm.

Derby Cathedral will once again host a Saying Goodbye service, for anyone who has miscarried or lost a baby or child, on Saturday 9th July at 3.00 pm. The service is completely free to attend. It offers an opportunity to remember and pray, and also include secular music and poetry.

Saying Goodbye services are run by the Mariposa Trust, a charity for people who have experienced child bereavement. They are for women and men who have suffered the loss of a baby, and for their families and friends, whether the loss is recent or in the past. All are welcome, regardless of the type of loss they have experienced. If you need to say goodbye to a baby or to grieve, or you want to come along with a friend who needs to say goodbye, you are welcome at any of the services. The service offers a welcoming space and will give you the opportunity to stand with other people ‘who know’ the pain of losing a child, and publicly acknowledge and remember your lost children. Come and rejoice in your baby’s life, grieve, remember and Say Goodbye.

Organ Recitals 2017 - Tickets now on sale!


Summer organ recitals are an annual staple of the Cathedral calendar. Hear some of the country's finest organists put the Cathedral's mighty Compton organ - the largest in the county - through its paces in this varied programme of performances. The organist will be on view throughout the performance.

Wednesdays, 7.45 pm - 9.00 pm, July 19th until August 23rd.


A limited number of season tickets for all six concerts are now on sale from the Cathedral Bookshop, priced at £40. Tickets £8.50 in advance from Derby LIVE Online Box Office, in person at the Market Place box office, via telephone (01332 255443), or on the door.



July 19th: Hugh Morris (Cathedral Director of Music)

July 26th: Rupert Jeffcoat (St Luke's Chelsea)

Aug 2nd: Jennifer Bate (International concert organist)

Aug 9th: David Davies (Exeter)

Aug 16th: Michael Overbury (Newark)

Aug 23rd: Gordon Stewart (International concert organist)

Saturday 26th August, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm

This is your annual opportunity to find out more about this unique form of music-making. Visitors to the Cathedral will be able to tour the tower, watch change ringing demonstrations in the newly refurbished ringing chamber and try ringing a real bell. Admission is just £4 for adults and £3 for children (Ages 8 - 16 years old).

Friday 6th – Saturday 7th October 2017

Derby Folk Festival returns to the Cathedral this year for two days of special performances and events. 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

Traveling People

Saturday 1st 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. Sunday’s Cathedral events are free to attend, and tickets are not required


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


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