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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Churchill Family to Mark VE Day Anniversary with Concert at Royal Albert Hall

Sir Winston Churchill's great grandson Randolph Churchill


Sir Winston Churchill's family are set to mark the VE Day anniversary with a spectacular evening of music at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday May 10.

The Classic FM concert 'VE Day at 70' will be hosted by John Suchet and Myleene Klass with music from the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra - it will also feature special guest performers Katherine Jenkins, Rebecca Ferguson and Wynne Evans.


And as the country remembers the end of the Second World War in Europe, the former Prime Minister's great-grandson, Randolph Churchill, will read the speech his great-grandfather delivered to the crowds lining Whitehall on that historic day in 1945.

The concert, held on Sunday May 10, will be broadcast nationally on Classic FM and held in conjunction with Charity Partner SSAFA, who has been supporting Forces and their families for the last 130 years.

David Murray, Chief Executive of Armed Forces charity SSAFA said: "SSAFA is delighted to have been chosen as the charity partner for the VE Day concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

"British people made enormous sacrifices to help bring about Victory in Europe in 1945. Not only serving men and women but their families too.

"We helped hundreds of thousands of serving men and women and their families during WWII and continue to do so today.

"Every one of those people whose lives were touched by this dreadful conflict deserves our gratitude and respect and it is hugely important that 70 years on we pay tribute to all those who played their part."

The concert will feature music from iconic British composers including Elgar, Walton and Holst, together with songs from the period including 'A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square' and 'We'll Meet Again'.
 
Scripted narration will tell the stories from VE Day and the combination of speech and music promises to deliver a powerfully emotional evening.

Classic FM's John Suchet said: "Myleene and I are immensely proud to host VE Day at 70 as we mark 70 years since the end of war in Europe.

"I can't think of a better way to celebrate this world-changing moment in our history than an evening of the world's greatest music at the Royal Albert Hall."

Tickets for 'VE Day at 70' are available from the Royal Albert Hall box office – www.royalalberthall.com


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