The upcoming DVD live concert shoot in Durham Cathedral for Sting’s new CD on the 17th and 18th of September will take place in front of an invited audience on successive nights. Sting has recruited a string of local musicians, including renowned Northumbrian piper Kathryn Tickell. Durham Cathedrals dean and chapter agreed to the request from the production company to allow the performance to be recorded. Chapter steward Anne Heywood said everyone at the cathedral is pleased to welcome Sting back to the region.
She said: The cathedral is delighted to welcome a local lad back. Its something weve never done before certainly not an event of this type. But we believe it shows the diversity of the cathedral. He specifically asked if he could play at the cathedral and come back to his roots, and we’re happy to oblige. It will, inevitably, have some impact on the cathedral. The performance will be in the crossing, where we normally hold music events. There’s lots and lots of equipment arriving in the next few days and while we always remain open, access in some areas will certainly be restricted. Its fair to say the cathedral will not be looking as it normally does.”
The performance is said to feature up to 40 musicians, many recruited locally, playing a diverse range of instruments, including harpists, accordionists as well as pipers. Despite the offer of the cathedrals renowned choir, Sting will be performing with his own backing group.