Music Outreach

Derby Cathedral is launching a Choral and Music Outreach programme over the next year, to take our tradition of musical excellence out into the community across Derby City, as well as encourage wider participation in the Cathedral.

We aim to instil and grow a culture of singing in schools, bring joy and promote wellbeing to children through singing,  and bridge the gap seen in many primary schools where a lack of confidence or funding sees children not receiving a musical education.

Derby Cathedral currently offers weekly school-based workshops for a term or academic year, led by a choral specialist from the Cathedral. Outreach projects can end with a final end of term or year celebration performance in the Cathedral with other participating schools and the opportunity to sing alongside the prestigious Derby Cathedral Choir.

As part of our Outreach programme we are also re-establishing the Cathedral’s Junior Choir and launching a Wellbeing Choir.  See below for further details.

Our Schools Outreach work brings many benefits.  Here are some:

  • Wellbeing: singing produces endorphins and has been scientifically proved to help relieve stress and anxiety
  • Musical: The ability to develop the music in your school or the possibility to augment your current musical provision with the expertise of a professional choral specialist
  • Pride and Confidence: Singing builds confidence amongst children, enabling them to gain the ability to stand up in front of a group and deliver, as well as giving a great sense of achievement at the culmination of the term.

For more information about our Schools Outreach programme please contact Alexander Binns, Director of Music, at

Derby Cathedral Junior Choir launched in September 2021. The Junior Choir consists of children aged 4 to 8 and meets weekly. For more information please contact Alexander Binns, Director of Music, at

Our Wellbeing Choir is launching soon and will sing weekly on a weekday lunchtime. Singing produces endorphins and has been scientifically proved to help relieve stress and anxiety.

If you love to sing, you are interested in singing, or you are finding life challenging then do consider registering for more information. To register for the Wellbeing Choir please contact the Music Department at

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