Music in Schools

Derby Cathedral’s Music in Schools is the Schools’ Singing Programme for Derby Cathedral, and launched in September 2021. Since then, we have reached over 300 children, bringing them a high-quality musical education through school based whole class singing sessions. Sessions are delivered by one of our team of professional musicians, all of whom are trained choral specialists. We cover many elements of the model music curriculum through practical exploration, following an incremental approach to build skills and knowledge.

Termly performance opportunities are available, including the Celebration Concert, where your pupils will sing alongside the prestigious Cathedral Choir in a concert in the Cathedral.

We offer progression opportunities with Derby Cathedral Junior Choir and Derby Cathedral Choir, which works to the very highest levels. The Cathedral Choir sing at some of the most important civic events in the life of the city and the county of Derbyshire, and often tour and sing on radio.

Part of the National Schools Singing Programme

What do we offer?

  • A musical education which covers many elements of the model
    music curriculum through a practical approach.
  • Weekly school-based whole class singing sessions from a
    professional choral specialist.
  • Termly performance opportunities including the opportunity to sing in one of the area’s most iconic buildings alongside the prestigious Cathedral Choir.
  • Progression opportunities through the Cathedral Junior Choir and the Cathedral Choir, which work to the very highest levels.
  • Termly reports and lesson plans.
  • The opportunity for cross-curricular integration.
  • Numerous educational, wellbeing and development benefits that come from group singing Flexible repertoire (religious and/or non-religious)
  • CPD opportunities for school staff and free tickets to Headteachers and Music Leads to selected concerts in the Cathedral.

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Derby Cathedral,

18-19 Iron Gate,



Call: 01332 341201


We're open

Sunday 08:30 – 18:15
Monday 08:30 – 18:30
Tuesday 08:30 – 18:30
Wednesday 08:30 – 18:00
Thursday 08:30 – 18.30
Friday 08.30 – 17:00
Saturday 09:00 – 17:00

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