On 8 May 2020 people all over the world celebrated the 75th anniversary of VE Day, marking the end of the Second World War in Europe.

The United Kingdom, whilst under nationwide lockdown measures being taken to combat COVID-19, still took the opportunity to mark the anniversary with socially-distanced tea parties, and an address from Her Majesty The Queen.

At the Royal Albert Hall, now in its third month of closure due to the pandemic, Katherine Jenkins led tributes to those who lost their lives in the conflict with a special behind-closed-doors performance, joined by some very special guests including saxophonist Jess Gillam.

The concert also brought a message of hope and togetherness, with a virtual duet of We’ll Meet Again with Dame Vera Lynn – a message that has resonated around the nation as people are again separated from their loved ones at a time of crisis.

You can watch the full performance here:

The concert, held in partnership with the Mayor of London and YouTube, is raising funds for the Royal Albert Hall’s fundraising appeal and SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity’s Emergency Response Fund.

Whilst forming part of the Hall’s Royal Albert Home series of performances from artists during this lockdown, this was the first concert to ever take place behind closed doors at the venue.

Programme

Sanctus
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
White Cliffs Of Dover
Jealous Of The Angels
We’ll Meet Again (virtual duet with Dame Vera Lynn)
Jerusalem

Katherine Jenkins OBE
John G Smith oiano
Peter Holder organ
Jess Gillam saxophone
Gabriella Swallow cello
Lance Corporal Nick Mott trumpet

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