Richard Carpenter is making a new Carpenters orchestral album at Abbey Road

15 August 2018, 09:38 | Updated: 15 August 2018, 09:49

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By Tom Eames

The Carpenters produced some of the most beautiful pop songs of all time, and now they're being reimagined with a full orchestra.

Richard Carpenter has announced that he is making a new album of Carpenters classics at London's prestigious Abbey Road Studios.

He has teamed up with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for a new album, to be released via Universal.

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However, no release date has been announced yet.

The Carpenters' last album was 1981's Made in America, though Richard has released a number of posthumous compilations since then. Karen passed away in 1983 at the age of 32 from heart failure caused by complications related to anorexia.

Richard has given a few updates on Instagram, including shots of him conducting the acclaimed orchestra.

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While he has yet to reveal which songs will feature on the album, in one video he is seen conducting the orchestra along with a Carpenters 'Overture':

It is assumed that the album will feature his late sister Karen Carpenter's iconic vocals placed on top of brand new orchestral arrangements.

We can't wait to hear the album, Richard!