Ater reading Ian's quote “Canterbury Cathedral is a place for life today. But it is also a place for the future and, whether you are a Christian or not, it is a place which should remain forever close to our hearts.” I think Ian and The Archbishop should get on well. Mind you I thought Dr. Williams would have bought a ticket for the concert.
And who comes here to wish me well? A sweetly-scented angel fell, She laid her head upon my disbelief, And bathed me with her ever-smile.
Ian Anderson, Florian Opahle, David Goodier, John O’Hara, Scott Hammond
Arrangements disrupted by weather. Special guest Greg Lake arrived just in time for the show having missed soundcheck. Anna Phoebe stuck in Berlin and Gavin Esler (guest reader) required at the BBC. Florian made it from Germany in the early hours after long delays. Band stuck in Canterbury after the show, had to book last minute hotel. Show sold out, but a lot of fans also defeated by the weather. Excellent concert though.
Life Is A Long Song
We Five Kings (accompanied by the Canterbury Cathedral Lay Clerks Choir)
Jack In The Green
Reading by Ian Anderson from Sir Walter Scott’s ‘Marmion’
In The Grip Of Stronger Stuff
A Christmas Song
‘A poem by a member of the Yorkshire Gentry’ read by Matthew Butler, Chief Executive of the Canterbury Gift
Another Christmas Song
Bach’s Prelude in C Major
Reading by Ian Anderson from Luke 2:14
I Believe In Father Christmas (with Greg Lake)
Bach’s Toccata & Fugue in D minor (started by Dr David Flood on the Cathedral organ, finished by Florian Opahle)
Lucky Man (with Greg Lake)
Prayer read by Revd Dr Edward Condry
My God! (Different flute ending)
God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman (accompanied by the Canterbury Cathedral Lay Clerks Choir)
Aqualung (orchestral version, with Dr David Flood on the Cathedral organ)
The concert was brilliant, the setting fantastic the acoustics unbelievable. Ian Anderson played the flute and various stringed instruments as he went through his Christmas album with a few other songs. At times he was backed by the Cathedral choir which worked very well, as did the occasional accompaniment of the cathedral organ. Afraid some of the “guest players” did not arrive due to the weather, but we had the surprise of one unannounced guest in the shape (a very large shape) of Greg Lake. I can now say I have seen one third of ELP
The distinctive sound of Ian Anderson, lead singer of Jethro Tull, filled the cavernous beauty of Canterbury Cathedral's nave on the Saturday before Christmas.
Despite the snow and travel chaos, the centre aisle was packed as more than 700 people braved the arctic conditions to attend the first rock concert at the Cathedral.
All 1,200 tickets had sold out within weeks, with buyers from all over the country and as far afield as America.
Freshly returned from a solo tour of the American east coast, Anderson performed with musical precision and sheer brilliance. He was joined on stage by band members John O'Hara, David Goodier, Florian Ophale and Scott Hammond, plus special guest Greg Lake.
Dr David Flood and the Canterbury Cathedral Lay Clerk Choir was the support, although violinist Anna Phoebe and guest speaker and BBC anchorman Gavin Esler were unable to get to the venue.
Anderson donned a festive Santa hat at the start of the evening and began the set with Tull's 1970 acoustic gem Life Is A Long Song, quickly followed by We Five Kings with chorus by the Lay Clerks.
The evening included a well-chosen blend of folk, rock and classical compositions, mostly with a yuletide flavour.
Special guest Greg Lake delighted the audience with his 1975 classic I Believe In Father Christmas, supported by Anderson on the flute and Florian Ophale on guitar.
He later returned to sing the Emerson, Lake and Palmer ballad Lucky Man. The evening ended with a spectacular orchestral version of Tull's Aqualung, followed by Locomotive Breath.
Matthew Butler, chief executive of The Canterbury Gift, which raises money for renovation work on the cathedral, said: "It was a very memorable evening and may not be the last rock concert in the Cathedral.
"Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors John Booth, Shepherd Neame and Ian Anderson himself, all the money raised went towards the conservation of the Cathedral – particularly some very necessary repairs to our organ."
Anderson said: "If our generation, and future generations, don't support these great buildings then they will be lost. There is, for me, a real parallel regarding the preservation of our great buildings and a greater sense of conserving our world.
"Canterbury Cathedral is a place for life today.
"But it is also a place for the future and whether you are a Christian or not, it is a place which should forever remain close to our hearts."
corronach: Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre - Horsecross 48 m · URGENT message for ticket holders for Jethro Tull in Perth Concert Hall tomorrow Monday 27 September. We have just been advised that due to a medical issue in the touring party, the gig has been CA
Sept 26, 2021 11:20:36 GMT
jackinthegreen: Where did you see this Corronach? I have tickets and cannot see the cancellation anywhere.........even the official Tull website still shows the gig taking place???
Sept 26, 2021 14:22:20 GMT
jackinthegreen: The Perth gig is cancelled, I got an email from the venue telling me so..
Sept 27, 2021 11:27:38 GMT
fandango2: Hi, Does anyone think that the powers that be will ever release the Capital Theater "Under Wraps" tour footage? That show was pretty good pro shot decent sound etc... Or some good John Glascock era footage? I keep hoping for that footage to be release
Oct 4, 2021 17:37:47 GMT
futureshock: I haven't posted for so long it took me 3 minutes to find my login on a stored file. Now I feel like I'm useful again, posting comments of great entertainment and informative purpose, for the global community of music creators. So, what should I say?
Oct 13, 2021 18:34:26 GMT
JTull 007: The POWER of TULL will make the world a better to ROCK !!!! CRANK IT UP
Oct 18, 2021 1:06:08 GMT
crosseyedmary75: Boys, I don't know where to put things. I am not purposely trying to screw things up. I'm a natural at it.
Oct 30, 2021 6:08:44 GMT
crosseyedmary75: Could it stop the sunrise hearing you weep? What a sight for my eyes, to see you in sleep. You're not seen. Your not heard. But, I stand by my word. Came a thousand miles just to catch you while you're smiling What a day for laughter and dreaming at night
Oct 30, 2021 6:17:37 GMT