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We'll meet Vera again for free VE Day concert

For the first time in its 150-year history, the Royal Albert Hall will stage a concert behind closed doors to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Mezzo soprano Katherine Jenkins will perform in a special half-hour concert that will be streamed to audiences on YouTube for free. Katherine will sing wartime favourites including The White Cliffs of Dover and We’ll Meet Again, the latter performed as a virtual duet with forces' sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn. 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 again ring true for families around the world separated from loved ones by the coronavirus crisis. The unique concert will support the Royal Albert Hall’s own fundraising appeal and the armed forces charity Emergency Response Fund. This concert 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. See the live performance on YouTube on Friday, May 8 at 6pm. It will be available to stream after that.

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