Sting joins orchestra for new tour
Sting teamed up with a concert orchestra to launch his first tour for two years, including a pair of UK dates.
With a mini show for invited guests at Abbey Road studios, the former Police star unveiled a symphonic revamp of some of his biggest hits.
He begins his tour - for which he will be accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra - next month with shows in Canada and the US. The shows reach Europe in September at London's Royal Albert Hall and Gateshead's The Sage the following month.
He said: "This is the biggest band I have every had - 50 of us including me on stage. I'm like a kid with a train set - this is so much fun having all these cello players and violin players and oboe players."
The star continued: "The songs are being brought to life in a different kind of way. The songs are evolving as these musicians play them. They seem to have a new life."
The musician - who scored one of the biggest albums of his career with The Police's Synchronicity - has dubbed his new project Symphonicity.
It will also lead to an album, he said as he performed tracks such as Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - to be released as a single on May 24 - and An Englishman In New York.
Sting's last extended series of dates was his tour with the reformed Police which began in 2007.
He plays the Royal Albert Hall on October 1 and The Sage - for which he will instead be joined by the Northern Sinfonia - on October 5.