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D-Day: 70 Years On – live at the Royal Albert Hall

D-Day: 70 Years On – live at the Royal Albert Hall

‘BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night presents D-Day 70 Years Onwas the UK’s largest concert to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

This incredible story was retold at the Royal Albert Hall through drama and narration featuring Patrick StewartJeremy VineDermot O’Leary and Louise Minchin accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra and a military band featuring musicians from all the UK services.

The concert was filmed and streamed live across the nation via selected cinemas and BBC Red button.

The evening saw Katherine Jenkins perform a virtual duet with Dame Vera Lynn, as well as performances from Beverley KnightSeth Lakeman and the Military Wives Choir.

One of the most moving moments of the evening was D-Day veteran Jim Radford singing his song ‘Shores of Normandy’,  met with a heartfelt standing ovation.

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 6 June 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.

Profits raised from this event were donated to The Royal British Legion, SSAFA and SkillForce

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