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Music at Derby Cathedral

Music at Derby Cathedral

September Music Scheme

We are delighted to welcome the return of the Choir to Cathedral worship, now that coronavirus safety regulations permit it. The Lay Clerks of the Cathedral Choir are singing services in September: the Cathedral Eucharist at 10.45 am on Sundays, and Choral Evensong at 4.00 pm on Sundays. Please check the Music Scheme for details of individual Sundays, as sometimes times change to accommodate special services. The Choristers are resuming choir practice and we hope they will be singing Evensong in October. 

The details below describe the normal pattern, not all of which is happening at present. Please contact with any particular enquiries.





Derby Cathedral has a rich musical heritage, and sung worship is offered here most days. The majority of the services are sung by the Cathedral Choir, which is made up of two independent treble lines (boys and girls) and six semi-professional Lay Clerks. You can read more about the Cathedral Choir, including details of how to join, here. 

On a weekly basis, the Cathedral Choir can be heard as follows:

 Sunday 1045 Cathedral Eucharist

Boys/Girls and Lay Clerks

 Sunday 1800 Evensong

Boys/Girls and Lay Clerks

 Monday 1715 Evensong


 Tuesday 1715 Evensong


 Thursday 1830 Evensong

Boys and Lay Clerks


The Cathedral Voluntary Choir is an all-adult chamber group who rehearse on Friday evenings and cover for the Cathedral Choir in its absence. You can read more about the Voluntary Choir here.

The Junior Choir is a choir for young children (7+) which engages young musicians and seeks to build their musical confidence. Singers in the Junior Choir are often recruited into the Cathedral Choir. The Junior Choir is re-launching after Easter, get in touch with the music department for more details or to sign up / 01332 202231 

Visiting choirs are warmly welcomed to the Cathedral, particularly to cover Sunday Services through the Summer Holiday. More information about Visiting Choirs can be found here . 

 The Cathedral is used extensively as a concert venue. Those interested in organising a concert at the Cathedral are asked to get in touch with the diary and events co-ordinator, Laura, on 01332 341201, or by emailing

A grant from Allchurches Foundation Ltd helps fund the music foundation at Derby Cathedral, providing music education for young people, enriching the Cathedral's worship, supporting musicianship and musical life in the city and region, and enabling the Cathedral to continue and develop as a centre of musical excellence.