Although the building did not become a cathedral until 1926 there has been a place of worship on the site at least since poor young Ethelred was Unready and by the time of Edward the Confessor the church was dedicated to St Mary. The current church was built in 1826. There were other developments from 1930s and then in 1950 architect Laurence King took over and designed the stunning Lantern Tower. It was during this time that dark Victorian windows were replaced and the floor of Derbyshire polished limestone installed.
As the Cathedral’s own website mentions and I well know from my visits “Cathedrals are ever changing places, responding to the needs of people they seek to serve.” From 2001 for fourteen years the Chapter worked in partnership with the local council to regenerate the Cathedral Precinct. This work includes a library, refectory and other teaching and meeting rooms, offices, ten residences for staff and a fifty space underground car park. The Cathedral Quarter now includes a hotel, offices and restaurants and well as carefully designed public spaces.
Music is an essential part of life both in the building and outreach. There are over 150 singers in seven choirs at the cathedral, boys and girls, teenagers, men and women, all of whom are entirely voluntary.
St Matthew's Choir immediately after the service.