At 11.00 a.m. on Wednesday 2nd September, Ian Anderson, founder member of prog-rock band Jethro Tull, will be at St Bartholomew’s Church in Lower Basildon to visit the memorial of the band’s namesake.
The 18th century agriculturalist, Jethro Tull, is famous for perfecting the horse drawn seed drill in 1701 and is the subject of Ian Anderson’s new project, ‘Jethro Tull: A Rock Opera’. Featuring songs from the band’s back catalogue, the rock opera reimagines the agriculturist’s life in the near future.
St Bartholomew’s Church is cared for by The Churches Conservation Trust, the national charity protecting historic churches at risk. Chief Executive of the Trust, Crispin Truman, explains:
‘Each of the 347 churches that The Churches Conservation Trust cares for has their own story to tell and I’m delighted to welcome Ian Anderson to St Bartholomew’s to be part of the story of this striking 700 year old church. Jethro Tull revolutionised modern agriculture and it’s great to see his life commemorated in such an exciting way.’
Press and the public are invited to meet Ian Anderson as he visits Jethro Tull’s burial place at St Bartholomew’s Church in Lower Basildon at 11am on Wednesday 2nd September. He will be available for photographs and short interviews.