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Canon Precentor

at Derby Cathedral


East Midlands


Ref: JN012214

The Bishop of Derby wishes to appoint a Canon Precentor at Derby Cathedral


We are seeking a colleague with energy and imagination to lead on the development of inspirational worship and music which is at the heart of Derby Cathedral’s strategic vision. A new Canon Precentor will join in with what God is already doing amongst us and share in the Cathedral’s senior leadership team by working in partnership with both lay and ordained colleagues.


We have a stimulating high quality choral offer that is growing across all our choirs. We are developing exciting programmes to reach even more children and young people with the joys of singing. We aspire to reach out widely with our music, attracting many to enjoy the riches of Derby Cathedral and experience God in new ways.


Our new Canon Precentor will have oversight over music and worship and will be a source of encouragement to the many who participate in Cathedral music. As a strategic and creative thinker, you will strengthen the Chapter and enjoy working in partnership with our key stakeholders in the city and the county of Derbyshire. You will enable the Cathedral community to deepen its engagement with spirituality, discipleship, and mission through developing appropriate forms of liturgy that enable us to extend our reach to new audiences and groups.


If you have a vision for developing worship and music in a Cathedral that is committed to a deep engagement with its context and set in a vibrant city and beautiful county, then we would love to hear from you and talk about your hopes for your next move!


For an informal conversation with the Dean of Derby, The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Robinson, contact the Dean’s PA Trish Thistlewood (email: or telephone 01332 341201).


Full details of the appointment including how to apply are on the Cathedral website:


Closing date for applications: 9am Wednesday 24th April 2024.

Cathedral Visits: Tuesday 21st May 2024.
Interviews: Wednesday 22nd May 2024.


This appointment is subject to an enhanced disclosure from the DBS.


Closing date: 24 April 2024

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