‘Sting: A Winter’s Night… Live from Durham Cathedral’ captures the artist in the unique setting of England’s most famous cathedral. Standing on a peninsula overlooking the River Wear in Durham, the one thousand year old UNESCO world heritage building is one of the most iconic landmarks of Northern England. Inside Durham Cathedral, the architecture and atmosphere is as equally inspiring and it is in this setting that Sting was joined by guest musicians including local Newcastle artists Kathryn Tickell (Northumbrian pipes and fiddle), Peter Tickell (fiddle) and Julian Sutton (Melodeon). Esteemed performers from around the world also include Dominic Miller (guitar), Vincent Ségal (cello), Scottish harpist Mary Macmaster, Ira Coleman (bass), Chris Gekker (trumpet), David Mansfield (violin and mandolin), Cyro Baptista, Bashiri Johnson and Rhani Krija (percussion) and vocalists Laila Biali, Lisa Fischer, Jo Lawry, and Steven Santoro. Producer, Robert Sadin conducted the ensemble of 35 musicians, which includes additional string and brass sections.

If on Winter’s Night… est le neuvième album studio du chanteur britannique Sting sorti le 26octobre2009. Le titre est inspiré du roman Si par une nuit d’hiver un voyageur (If on a winter’s night a traveler en anglais) d’Italo Calvino. Il y est accompagné de son fidèle guitariste Dominic Miller, ainsi que par une brochette d’invités dont Ira Coleman à la basse, Ibrahim Maalouf à la trompette, les Webb Sisters aux chœurs, etc. On y voyage à travers des musiques traditionnelles, des pièces de Jean-Sébastien Bach et Schubert, en plus de deux chansons de Sting.