Cathedral’s folk date with Kate

kate rusby set to perform at wakefield cathedral
kate rusby set to perform at wakefield cathedral

FOLK music fans are in for a treat when singing sensation Kate Rusby performs at Wakefield Cathedral later this year.

The singer, who was named one of the top 10 folk voices of the century in 1999, is coming to Wakefield to help raise money for the cathedral’s transformation scheme, Project 2013.

She released her latest album Make the Light in November, and the concert will feature hits from it as well as favourites from her back catalogue.

The 37-year-old from Penistone and her family have strong ties with the cathedral.

She said: “Our family supported the cathedral for a number of years when my brother Joe was a chorister there.

“Mum and sister Emma have even rung the bells there as visitors, they are regular ringers at our parish church. Pure Records is run by my family so we are all involved with the forthcoming concert and pleased we can do our bit to help preserve this lovely building.”

Project 2013 is a £5m scheme that will transform the cathedral into a 21st century space for worship, activities and performances complete with new lighting, heating and seating.

The year 2013 will mark the 125th anniversary of the cathedral, the Diocese and city of Wakefield.

The Dean of Wakefield, Jonathan Greener, said the Kate Rusby concert was the start of things to come.

He said: “We are delighted that Kate is coming to sing at the cathedral to help us raise funds for the project.  This is one of the first steps into showing what the cathedral will be able to offer after the development has taken place.”

During her career, Kate has also collaborated with a range of artists including Eddi Reader, Blur’s Graham Coxon, Idlewild’s Roddy Woomble, Ronan Keating and Ella Edmondson.

The concert will take place on Friday, May 6 from 7.30pm.

Doors will open at 6.45pm.  Tickets cost £20 for adults and £12 for under 16s. They are available from or from Wakefield Cathedral bookshop, by e-mailing or calling 01924 373923.