St Albans Cathedral Announces Christmas Jethro Tull Concert
Thu, 30 July 2015
Rock legend Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull will be performing a Christmas Jethro Tull benefit concert at St Albans Cathedral on Friday 11th December. All proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Cathedral, including its significant development project, Alban, Britain's First Saint.
Anderson and his band, plus the odd surprise guest, and the Abbey Singers, will perform some of the more festive numbers, old and new, from the prodigious Jethro Tull back catalogue, combining Christmas tradition with a rather more unusual repertoire for a cathedral setting.
“Whether your Christmas is a secular affair of gift-giving and family togetherness or a more worshipful recognition of one of the two biggest days in the Christian calendar, join us for some uplifting Christmas spirit, music, readings and maybe even a prayer or two," says Anderson.
A thoroughly committed religious sceptic, Anderson nevertheless acknowledges a huge affinity with the ethos and traditions of Christianity. In support of both Christians and their places of worship, he performs most years at Christmas time in England’s great cathedrals and churches.
“100% of the sales of tickets go to the upkeep of the buildings and also in support of the musical ministry of the Cathedral. I try to balance the festive time of year in song with a few of the elements of an old-fashioned carol service. All delivered with good humour and good cheer. Grace me and, hopefully, a few special guests with your presence for some of the best-known repertoire of Jethro Tull and a few snippets of seasonal traditional church and classical music.”
Sub Dean at St Albans Cathedral, Richard Watson, commented, "The combination of Jethro Tull and the Cathedral is going to be an amazing ‘feel good’ addition to this year’s Christmas programme. We are expecting tickets to sell fast so please book early if you want to join in this unique celebration which will lift your spirits and make an invaluable contribution to the Cathedral’s future.”
Tickets are on sale from Friday 31st July from the Cathedral Box Office on 01727 890290 and online here.