Prince Charles will be the special guest at a Jools Holland concert being staged at Rochester Cathedral.
Tuesday’s show will raise cash to help preserve the historic building, and create an endowment to encourage cathedral music. Jools, who lives at Cooling Castle, and Prince Charles are old friends. The Royal had been expected to be a guest when the musician married sculptor Christabel McEwen in 1995, though in the end he was unable to attend.
Around 700 people will be able to squeeze into Rochester Cathedral for the show, and the Royal guest is bound to ensure a rush for tickets. The musician and TV presenter is performing a similar concert at Wells Cathedral, and he will unveiling his latest composition – a new mass commissioned by the Bishop of Bath and Wells. Jools said: “I am extremely honoured to be performing this new composition in cathedrals that I feel are part of the aesthetics and appeal of cities in the UK. “The plight of these stunning buildings is something that is close to my heart, and to me, cathedrals are the greatest buildings in Christendom. “I specifically chose Wells and Rochester cathedrals as during all my travels I have enjoyed the music and choirs of these two cathedrals enormously. “The beauty and history of these buildings will make these shows a unique experience not only for the audience, but also for me.”
The concert will be mainly acoustic, and Jools will be backed by his touring rhythm section. The cathedral’s choir, and singers Beverley Knight, Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall. Rochester Cathedral, the second oldest cathedral in England, dates back to 1080.
The concert takes place on Tuesday 13th March at 3pm and tickets, priced at £45, are available from seetickets.com or the cathedral box office on 01634 817 930.