Christmas in the Cathedral Quarter

01/12/2018 - 22/12/2018, 11:00 - 15:00 Market Place, Derby Cathedral, Derby Museum and Art Gallery

Christmas In The Cathedral Quarter 

This Christmas, discover all The Cathedral Quarter, Derby has to offer with ‘Christmas in The Cathedral Quarter’ a series of traditional themed events taking place Saturdays in December between 1st to 22nd at various locations. Join us from 11am till 3pm at The Waterfall on The Market Place, outside Derby Museum and outside Derby Cathedral for a festive selection of brass bands, Christmas choirs and a few surprises guaranteed to fill you with the joys of the festive season.

Featuring performances by Newhall Band and Musicians from Derby Concert Band, Christmas crooners Rebecca Jayne and Lawrence Penn, Derby Rock Choir, Derbyshire Community Male Voice Choir, Rough Truffles Community Choir  and much much more.

Traditional, family-friendly festive entertainment across three stages in the Cathedral Quarter.

Locations include:

Iron Gate, outside Derby Cathedral

Market Place, Waterfall Stage

The Strand, outside Derby Museum and Art Gallery


Featuring performances from:

Derby Rock Choir

Rock Choirs in this area are run in; Derby, Duffield, Mickleover, Beeston, West Bridgford, and Rainworth by Rock Choir Leader Jennie Harwood. Head to for more information on these choirs and to join us today! Follow us on twitter @DerbyandNottsRC or instagram derbyandnottsrockchoir

Rebecca Jayne

Rebecca Jayne is a vintage vocalist specialising in War Time Classics, Swing and songs from the sixties.

A keen singer and dancer from an early age Rebecca has performed with The National Youth Ballet, The European Ballet and English Youth Ballet, representing England at The World Tap Dance Championships with Tap Attack in 2011.

As a singer, Rebecca toured extensively across the country in ‘Stand By Me’ and has appeared in a number of revues, festivals and cabaret events.

Rebecca is currently performing at Alton Towers as well as a number of private and public engagements.

Lawrence Penn

Lawrence Penn is a 22 year old local singer who from the age of 16 has been paying tribute to the greats of jazz such as Michael Bublé and Frank Sinatra. Expect some festive favourites as well as classics from the swing music era.

Derbyshire Community Male Voice Choir

Formed originally in 1956 the Derbyshire Community Male Voice Choir have raised an estimated £0.75 million pounds for charity and local good causes in and around Derbyshire. During 2018 the choir undertook a change of name and image resulting in a revitalised ensemble delivering a thoroughly entertaining programme of music interspersed with their own brand of mirth and humour. The choir perform a wide range of music ranging from traditional, folk and sacred music to more contemporary, popular and toe tapping classics known to all. Any performance guarantees you will leave with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

Rough Truffles

“Rough Truffles Community Choir was started in Belper in 1999 by local people with a shared interest in singing songs from both the UK and further afield, reflecting a wealth of musical styles and genres. From folk to gospel, Syrian to African, peace to protest, traditional to newly composed, we’ve traversed the musical globe and sung down the ages. Led by the inspirational and ever-patient Frances Watt, we learn by ear and meet on Monday evenings in the Queen’s Head pub. For further details email or find us on Facebook.

If you catch Rough Truffles performing at Christmas time, you may well recognise the lyrics they are singing but not necessarily the music! The choir specialises in traditional Derbyshire carols, helping to keep alive a vibrant living tradition of harmony singing, and offering a glimpse into the cultural history of the county through the songs that brought people together in the dark winter months. Add a glittery sprinkling of seasonal tunes from other lands and yule definitely end up with an earworm or two! ”

Newhall Band

Established in the mid 19th Century in the South Derbyshire village where twice weekly rehearsals still take place, Newhall Band is a traditional, contesting brass band. Current MD Kevin Holdgate took the reins in 2008 and since that point the band has gone from strength to strength, with success in the contest arena at the local and national level. With a wide and varied musical programme including bespoke arrangements and an original approach, the band has also gained a reputation as one of the most entertaining concert bands performing in the Midlands area.

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