So, what should he play?
Rock star Sting today announced that he will be extending his Symphonicity tour to the UK and Europe this autumn, including a special concert with Classic FM's Orchestra in the North East - Northern Sinfonia Orchestra at the Sage Gateshead on 5th October.
Rock star Sting today announced live dates in the UK and Europe this autumn with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra as part of his 'Symphonicity' tour and a special concert at the Sage Gateshead with the Northern Sinfonia Orchestra on 5th October.
Following sell-out performances across North America, the Symphonicity tour will begin on 3rd September in Oslo and will continue to other European cities including Rome, Berlin and Paris. The tour will call at London's Royal Albert Hall on 1st October.
Tickets for the Royal Albert Hall and The Sage concerts go on public sale at 9am on Friday 28 May via www.sting.com
Also announced today, Sting will be releasing a new CD this summer to accompany the tour. 'Symphonicities' features Sting performing Police hits 'Roxanne' and 'Every Breath You Take' to notable songs from his illustrious solo career including 'Englishman in New York', 'If I Ever Lose My Faith in You' and 'Fields of Gold'.
All the songs featured on the new album have been reinterpreted with brand new orchestrations, arranged by Jorge Calandrelli, David Hartley, Michel Legrand, Rob Mathes, Vince Mendoza, Steven Mercurio, Bill Ross, Robert Sadin, and Nicola Tescari. The first single, 'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic' is to be released digitally on 24th May.
Sting's first venture into the classical music world began with the success of his No.1 album 'Songs from the Labyrinth', a lute-based interpretation of the music of 16th century composer John Dowland, released in 2006.
In 2008 he was invited to perform with the legendary Chicago Symphony Orchestra. After reworking selections from his expansive catalog, Sting joined the orchestra in a performance that left an indelible mark on him. Eager to explore the possibilities of further symphonic collaboration, Sting went on to join the Philadelphia Orchestra in commemoration of the 153rd anniversary of the Academy of Music.
"Performing with both the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra was truly a highlight of my career. I'm delighted by this new opportunity to tour with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, having a whole new palate of musical colors to work with and reinventing the songs that have been the staples of my live performances for over thirty years," commented Sting.
For the complete list of tour dates, ticket information and album details visit www.sting.com.