Derby National Gathering

Friday 5 November to Sunday 7 November 2021

Join us for a weekend packed with music, sightseeing, good company and good food. The Derby National Gathering will include the long-awaited world premiere of Alison Willis's competition-winning Derby Canticles.

Most of the events will take place in the Cathedral and all venues have disability access.   Due to the uncertainty about any restrictions at the time, the numbers will be limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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Programme itinerary


We will gather at Derby Cathedral at 1 pm for a lunchtime recital.  If you are not familiar with Derby Cathedral, you are in for a pleasant surprise. 

This will be followed by a coach trip to Repton School, where we will enjoy a recital from some of the pupils and some refreshments. Director of Music, Oliver Walker, will talk to us about music at the School and about the origin of the hymn tune 'Repton'. 

Back in Derby, we shall attend Choral Evensong sung by the Boys and Lay Clerks.  


On Saturday morning, we will hear from Alexander Binns, Director of Music at Derby Cathedral and his wife Dora will join him for a recital (organ and violin).  There will also be tours of the cathedral and an opportunity to visit the Chapel on the Bridge or climb the Tower.  The Friends' Annual Meeting will take place at the Cathedral in the afternoon.  The three-course Gathering Dinner will be held at the nearby Grade II listed Cathedral Quarter Hotel.  


We will attend Sung Eucharist with the Girls and Lay Clerks, followed by a buffet lunch in the beautiful Italian Mill, part of the newly opened Museum of Making, just behind the Cathedral.  The event room overlooks the River Derwent and can be accessed through the spectacular new glass atrium.  The Museum has free entry and is well worth a visit.   

During the afternoon there will be an opportunity to hear from Composition Competition winner, Alison Willis, and from Hugh Morris, Director of the Royal School of Church Music, before we enjoy a festal Choral Evensong featuring the Full Choir and the first performance of the new Derby Canticles.  This will finish at approximately 6.15 pm.

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If you wish to stay in Derby, the Cathedral Quarter Hotel has reserved rooms for us at a reasonable price.  Please contact [email protected] or ring 01332 501 258.  There is also a Premier Inn very close to the Cathedral.