When Elbow take to the stage for a stripped-down set within the confines of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London tomorrow (May 26), frontman Guy Garvey is hopeful that everyone will be listening closely, but not just the band’s usual audience of rapturous (and very much alive) music lovers. Actually he’s hoping to develop a few new Elbow fans… from beyond the grave!
The historical 17th century cathedral has played host to numerous weddings, memorial services, and other celebratory events, including Prince Charles and Princess Diana‘s 1981 nuptials, as well as The Queen‘s Golden Jubilee in 2002 and her 80th birthday four years later. But some of Britain’s most distinguished figures are also remembered there. And according to Yahoo! UK (via Bang Showbiz), stirring up some these spirits, like the building’s renowned architect Sir Christopher Wren for example, is exactly what the Ivor Novello-winning band is looking to do.
“I think it’s great, you know,” Garvey told Absolute Radio. “I’ve seen some pictures of the room and it should be really special. It’s sort of full of columns, obviously supporting the floor of the building above, but there’s some pretty famous people interred down there; [Lord] Nelson‘s down there. [First Duke of] Wellington‘s down there; John Donne, the poet, is down there; [J.M.W] Turner, the painter, he’s down there; and Christopher Wren himself is down there as well.”
He continued: “[When Elbow play I hope they'll be] grooving. As much as one can groove to our music.”
Side note: Sir Winston Churchill‘s funeral was held at St. Paul’s in 1965. Perhaps his ghost will show up around the time Elbow breaks into “Leaders of the Free World.”