Katherine Jenkins OBE, the UK’s biggest selling classical artist of the century, will perform from behind closed doors at the Royal Albert Hall to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Watch the half-hour concert, which will be live streamed to audiences around the world via YouTube on Friday 8 May at 6pm BST, 7pm CET, 10am LA, 1pm NYC, here.
“I wanted to do something to help bring the nation and the world together in commemoration and celebration at this difficult time.”
Katherine Jenkins explained, “In London on VE Day 1945, over a million people celebrated Victory in Europe and the end of nearly six years of war. Crowds gathered en masse in Trafalgar Square and up the Mall to Buckingham Palace and whilst we may not be able to celebrate this year as we once did, it’s only right that we don’t allow the 75th anniversary of this historic day to be overshadowed. Having been part of the 60th and 70th events, I wanted to do something to help bring the nation and the world together in commemoration and celebration at this difficult time. I’m excited that we can still come together, albeit virtually, for a tribute of wartime songs and musical memories from London’s most iconic concert venue. The Royal Albert Hall will be seen like never before – empty, isolated and yet still breathtakingly magnificent!”
Katherine Jenkins will sing wartime favourites
Katherine Jenkins will sing wartime favourites including ‘We’ll Meet Again’ performed as a virtual duet with Dame Vera Lynn (which they recently released as a charity single). The timeless song, featuring the lyrics, ‘I know we’ll meet again some sunny day’, epitomised the emotions of the war and brought people hope and a sense of togetherness. Today, they ring true for families around the world separated from loved ones at this time of crisis.
Dame Vera Lynn noted, “I’ll never forget how ‘We’ll Meet Again” meant so much to all those soldiers going off to war as well as with their families and sweethearts. Seventy-five years since the end of the war in Europe, the virus has given those lyrics a whole new meaning. I have found the nation’s renewed love for the song very moving. I hope this special duet lifts the spirits of our VE Day Veterans and all those separated from loved ones at this time.”
Katherine Jenkins’ concert from the Royal Albert Hall will give the nation a moment to pay tribute to the fallen men and women of the Second World War and salute the country’s VE Day Veterans, many of whom are experiencing uncertainty and isolation. It is also our opportunity to thank the Armed Forces who, alongside the NHS and many others, are coming together to serve the country. The event will boost the morale of millions of people and bring together nations around the world affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
This unique concert is made possible by funding from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, as part of #LondonTogether which invites Londoners to highlight great examples of positive community action and gives much deserved appreciation for the work of our health and care staff, emergency services, key workers and volunteers.
The event is in support of the Royal Albert Hall’s fundraising appeal and SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity’s Emergency Response Fund.
Watch Katherine Jenkins’ VE Day 75 live stream from the Royal Albert Hall, via YouTube on Friday 8 May 2020 at 6pm BST, 7pm CET, 10am LA, 1pm NYC, here.