DURHAM Cathedral is to form a stunning backdrop for a live performance from a leading group of singers.

Collabro, who won Britain’s Got Talent five years ago, will take audiences on a journey through classic and contemporary musical theatre hits.

With a string of successes under their belt, including a Number 1 debut album and a sell-out 52 date nationwide tour, Live at the Cathedral will be performed in November.

For Collabro band member Jamie Lambert, who hails from Washington, the homecoming concert is extra special.

He said: “It’s going to be absolutely amazing singing the kind of music that we perform in the beautiful setting of Durham Cathedral.

“Having grown up nearby, I have sang on multiple occasions at the cathedral and can’t wait to return to headline as Collabro.”

Collabro will be joined by West End special guest star Luke Bayer, fresh from wowing audiences as the alternate Jamie New in smash-hit musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, currently playing at London’s Apollo Theatre.

Scooping the BroadwayWorld UK Award for Best Performance by an Alternate or Understudy, Bayer has become one of theatreland’s hottest properties.

The cathedral and its colourful history found a whole new audience after its usage throughout the Harry Potter film franchise, and most recently as a backdrop to Marvel’s Avengers films, bringing in tourists from across the world.

Dean of Durham Andrew Tremlett said: ‘As a place of worship, welcome and hospitality, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Durham Cathedral has always garnered the attention of musical acts, owing to the sheer grandeur and beauty of the building.

“We are delighted to play host to the fabulous musical theatre group, Collabro, when they perform Live at the Cathedral this November. We look forward to hearing their harmonious voices filling our magnificent Norman Nave.”

Audiences can expect the usual refreshment that can be found at a traditional theatre venue, including a pop-up interval bar area with VIP tickets offering premium seating at the front, a commemorative brochure and a meet and greet photo opportunity with the stars of the show.

The promoters, Stelliferous, have said they hope there will be more gigs at the cathedral in the future.

A spokesman said: “We are delighted to be working with the team at Live at the Cathedral to bring the musical sensation that is Collabro to the North-East with support from West End’s up-and-coming leading man Luke Bayer.

“We’re ecstatic to have been allowed this opportunity from Durham Cathedral by kind permission of The Chapter of Durham to bring this event to local Durham community and surrounding areas.

“This is an event no to be missed.”

Tickets for the performance November 1 are on sale now with general admission tickets from £27 and VIP packages from £70.

Tickets are available from www.liveatthecathedral.com or via the booking hotline: 0844-888-999.