We are pleased to announce that BBC Radio 2’s D-Day concert at The Royal Albert Hall will be broadcast live into Picturehouse Cinemas on Friday 6 June and tickets are now on sale to Picturehouse Members. General sales open on Tuesday 13 May. Click here for booking information.
Mindful of the fact that many veterans are in their late 80s and 90s, this live cinema broadcast will allow them, their families and others who are unable to travel to London or France to embrace the event visually and mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day together.
The concert will be part of BBC Radio 2’s D-Day activity which culminates in a special Friday Night Is Music Night, ‘D-Day 70 Years On’ at the Royal Albert Hall. Hosts Jeremy Vine, Dermot O’Leary and Louise Minchin will re-tell the story of key moments of D-Day alongside a cast of actors lead by Patrick Stewart playing Sir Winston Churchill.
The backdrop to the historic and poignant narration will come from The BBC Concert Orchestra and a military band featuring musicians drawn from all three UK Armed Forces. There will be further performances from Katherine Jenkins, who will sing a virtual duet with Dame Vera Lynn, Beverley Knight and a special rendition of ‘In My Dreams’ by the Military Wives Choir.
Folk singer Seth Lakeman will pay tribute to his grandfather, who served on D-Day, through his performance of a song written for his grandfather after they visited the beaches of Arromanches where a young Seth learnt first hand about the events of the fateful day.
Profits from the Royal Albert Hall concert and the cinema release will be donated to the charities The Royal British Legion, SSAFA and SkillForce.
The D-Day operation during World War II was the largest amphibious invasion in world history and was executed by land, sea and air. Launched on June 6th 1944, the simultaneous landing of allied forces took place on five separate beaches – Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword – in Normandy, France – it marked the beginning of the end of World War II.