STING: St. John The Divine Rehearsal

Sting Rehearsal with Ira Coleman on bass, St. John the Divine Cathedral
Photograph (c) Eleonora Alberto

Performing at Rehearsal, left, Kathryn and Peter Tickell on fiddles,
Ira Coleman on bass, guitarist Dominic Miller
Photograph (c) Eleonora Alberto

Sting Rehearsal with Music Director Robert Sadin and the Newark Boys Chorus, St. John the Divine Cathedral Photograph (c) Eleonora Alberto

"Winter is about inspiration and imagination"–Sting
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STING Winter Concert Rehearsal. St. John the Divine Cathedral's medieval architecture was the setting for Sting's private "family and friends" winter concert rehearsal last night. (I was a lucky friend of a friend). The Gothic/Romanesque backdrop of the Cathedral only added to the haunting beauty of the songs performed from Sting's album "If On A Winter's Night" that included madrigals to traditional Gaelic folk music.

Sting was
accompanied by an ensemble of 35 musicians, including friend and long time colleague, guitarist Dominic Miller, Ira Coleman (double bass) and four remarkable musicians from his hometown (Sting called them "Geordies") in Northeast England, near the Scottish border : Kathryn Tickell (fiddle and Northumbrian pipes) and brother Peter Tickell (fiddle) Julian Sutton (melodean) and Mary MacMaster (metal string Scottish harp). With Robert Sadin as Music Director, the guest artists included Vincent Ségal (cello), Daniel Hope (violin), Chris Botti (trumpet), Ibrahim Maalouf (trumpet), Cyro Baptista (percussion), Bijan Chemirani (percussion) and the three fabulous backup singers from NYC and Australia. The Newark Boys Chorus joined all of them for a beautiful chorus. I'm sorry to those I've left off. The evening was unbelievably beautiful and perfectly conjured up the seasons holiday Spirits.

Photographer Eleonora Alberto was there
to photograph the performance which included her husband, Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista. She was gracious enough to allow me to post some of the evenings highlights. Many thanks to Susan Forristal for the invite.


Olivier said...

belles photos, c'est un concert que j'aurais aime bien voir (et prendre en photos)

Giulia said...

How wonderful. I'm so glad you were able to go...enjoyed the photos. I plan on downloading a few songs later today...

Pretty Zesty said...

He's sexy! haha

Wolynski said...

I know that cathedral well - it's so beautiful. I used to play the Boy Bishop in the Epiphany pageant at the beginning of every January. The Sting concert must have been something else.

jasapaal said...

Fantastic Blog. Regards from Jazzsi.

Anonymous said...

We attended last nights performance (Dec 8th) and posted on our blog as well. It was a wonderful show. Of course, having the largest gothic cathedral is the back drop wasn't bad either.

Kasker said...

Beautiful work. I feel passion about Sting and his music. Can you tell me the setlist of the concerts in St. John the divine??. Thanks!!!!.

James XVI said...

I got his new cd on your suggestion and have enjoyed listening over the holidays. Thanks!

liz.blog said...

I bought it too. I've really enjoyed it. Thanks for commenting.

Cheryl said...

Great blog by the way. But it's "Geordies" not "jordies". Geordie is the nickname given to folks from that region. I used to live there and miss is "way aye". :-)