Friends' Events

In addition to helping to maintain and improve the fabric and facilities of the church, including the new kitchen and toilet facilities in St Michael’s House, pew cushions, handrails and notice boards, The Friends have provided many thought-provoking events and wonderful musical evenings since the charity was founded in 2003. These include, not necessarily in chronological order:



Historical tours of the Church
Chatsworth, Donington Hall, and National Trust properties, including the Museum of Childhood at Sudbury
Behind the scenes at Lichfield Cathedral
Staunton Harold Pottery and the Stoke on Trent Potteries
Formal gardens, including Highgrove
The Galleries of Justice in Nottingham


BBC Any Questions (held in the church)
The formation of the Melbourne Festival Committee (2004)
An antique valuation with Nigel Kirk
A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
An Easter Treasure Hunt
A Summer Ball
Just Good Friends – dinner on Valentine’s Night for Friends in the Tea Rooms
A Mime workshop (held in the church)

Lectures on:

Norman Architecture by Professor Mayr-Harting
Church Furniture Design by Nicholas Hobbs
A look at attitudes to conservation – ‘To scrape or not to scrape’ by Prof. Janet Spencer
Melbourne and the First World War ‘Beyond the Memorials’ by Adrian Earp
The Road to Colditz – personal recollections
Faith in a secular society by The Rev David Thomas
Alchemy and Spirituality by The Rev.Mark Powell
The Passion through the artist’s eye by Helen Barker
J.J. Briggs the 19th century historian from King’s Newton by Philip Heath
The Lost Scupture of Ronald Pope by Robert Barstow

Study Days

900 years of Melbourne Church in History led by Philip Heath
A symposium connecting architecture with paintings, furniture and jewelry,


Muslim-Christian Dialogue: Prof. David Thomas, Dr. Atulllah Siddiqui and Prof. Jonathan Powers,
Religion in the public arena
British and Muslim: A Balloon Debate with supper
Three Parliamentary Candidates (2010)
British and Muslim: Communal Living or Parallel Lives?

Talks by:

Michael Ancram, Roy Hattersley, Kate Adie, Maxwell Craven, Margaret Beckett, Mark Todd, Matthew Paris, The Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire William Tucker, the Head Master of Chellaston School, The Bishop of Derby on Lambeth 2008, Transition Melbourne, plus many others

Concerts and Musical events

Come and Play – children invited to try out many different instruments and make a noise in church
Melbourne’s Musical Talents – an evening performance by many musicians
‘The King of Instruments’ – an evening with the organ, Simon Collins and Laurence Rogers
Made in Britain – an organ recital of English composers
Masterpieces from Paris – Toccatas and other favourite organ music – Simon Collins and Laurence Rogers
The Toyota Adult Choir
Philip King and his choir Cantabile (young voices)
Musica Donum Dei: ‘All the World’s Stage’ – a Baroque ensemble.
The Kinder Children’s Choirs of the High Peak
The Jakob Lindberg recitals
Fiori Musicali
The Boundary Singers
Canadian Choirs from Kingston Ontario
Summer Jazz in a private garden


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