George Michael is to release his sixth solo album, Symphonica, on March 14 in Ireland.

Michael began recording the studio album during his 2011-12 orchestral tour of the same name.

It features new recordings of songs from his back catalogue and covers including Nina Simone's My Baby Just Cares for Me, Ewan MacColl's The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face and Terence Trent D'Arby's Let Her Down Easy.

One track from the album, Praying for Time, will be available as a free download.