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Former Dean of Exeter Cathedral tunes up to record rock album

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 05, 2013

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A former Dean of Exeter Cathedral has swapped the pulpit for the studio as he records an album of rock classics.

The Right Reverend Jonathan Meyrick, who is now the Bishop of Lynn after moving on from his post in the city in 2011, plans to release the CD, with tracks including Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones, Wild Thing by the Troggs, and Nights in White Satin by the Moody Blues, later this year.

The idea came after he performed on stage in King's Lynn, Norfolk, as a guest vocalist with a local band.

Bishop Jonathan, 58, said he was not aiming for stardom but hopes the collection of 1960s hits will raise funds for Tapping House Hospice and a campaign to restore St Nicholas Chapel in King's Lynn to its former glory.

He said: "I have always been involved in performance on an amateur basis.

"I have a broad taste in music and in the past my singing has ranged from light opera to Gilbert and Sullivan and music from the sixties.

"I have done a lot of work with choral societies but I can tailor my voice to fit the era.

"The hospice is a key charity in my area and the restoration appeal is very important so I hope to raise a good amount of money – but I'm not looking to top the charts."

The bishop has previously appeared on ITV's Stars in Their Eyes dressed as Reg Presley and singing Wild Thing.

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