The Jools of Rochester

26th May 2020

He may be better known for his amazing Rhythm and Blues Orchestra and his annual Hootenanny, but what you might not know is that the composer, pianist, bandleader, and broadcaster Jools Holland is a good friend of Rochester Cathedral.

Jools Holland inspires Rochester Cathedral community in lockdown.

And to show his support and to lift the spirits of the cathedral community during lockdown, the former Squeeze musician recorded his own version of Abide With Me especially for those choristers and musicians unable to perform right now.


The Dean of Rochester, the Very Revd Philip Hesketh said:

“Jools Holland has been a good friend to Rochester Cathedral for many years. His choice and rendition of ‘Abide with Me’ was inspired; it really has touched the hearts of people associated with the Cathedral’.

Jools Holland is Music Patron of the Rochester Cathedral Trust. He was awarded an OBE in 2003 for his services to the British Music Industry.

He is currently broadcasting a new series of his BBC 2 show in lockdown Later…with Jools Holland.

More about Rochester Cathedral can be found here.