A BISHOP has swapped the pulpit for the studio as he records an album of rock classics.
The Rt Rev Jonathan Meyrick, the Bishop of Lynn, 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 Meyrick, 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 previously appeared on ITV’s Stars in Their Eyes dressed as Reg Presley and singing Wild Thing.
He performed at last year’s Festival Too in King’s Lynn with a 1960s tribute act the Yesterdays who suggested the album.
Bishop Meyrick, formerly the Dean of Exeter, is putting the finishing touches to the CD with local musicians.