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Rock legend, Ian Anderson, to give Christmas concert at Peterborough Cathedral

Rock legend Ian Anderson, of Jethro Tull fame, will be performing a Christmas concert at Peterborough Cathedral on Saturday 16th December at 7.30pm.


Ian Anderson is famed as the man who brought the flute to rock music and he has a large and enthusiastic fan base. He maintains a busy international touring schedule, which in recent years has concluded in December with a short series Christmas concerts in cathedrals.

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Thanks to the musician’s generosity, the proceeds of these concerts goes entirely to the cathedral concerned. Ian Anderson is a self-professed non-believer, but nonetheless claims a huge affinity with the traditions of Christianity and this is his way of showing his support.


On 16th December at Peterborough Cathedral, he and his band will perform some of the more festive numbers from the prodigious Jethro Tull back catalogue, alongside other Christmas music and readings. There is also the promise of the odd surprise guest joining the line-up (guests at previous Christmas gigs have included the likes of Ade Edmondson, Marc Almond and Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden). Members of Peterborough Cathedral Choir will be making an appearance too.


It promises to be an evening with much good humour and good cheer. As Ian says: “The bringing together of people of all backgrounds, cultures and faiths in this way is possible, perhaps, only under the auspices of modern Christianity, especially the Anglican Church. So, if I can help to draw people in to these beautiful and historic buildings to savour just a little of the spirit of Christmas, it seems like a worthwhile effort.”


Tickets, at £35 and £27.50, are already selling fast. To get yours call Peterborough Information Centre on 01733 452336, or Oundle Box Office on 01832 274734, or buy online via

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Jethro Tull was formed in 1968 and, with frontman Ian Anderson, has released 30 studio and live albums, selling more than 60 million copies worldwide.


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