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14 April 2014

BBC and SSAFA Announce D-Day Concert

SSAFA is part of the UK's largest concert at The Royal Albert Hall to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, as part of BBC Radio 2's D-Day Activity.


BBC and SSAFA Announce D-Day Concert

SSAFA is to be part of the UK's largest concert at The Royal Albert Hall to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

The event will be part of BBC Radio 2's D-Day activity which culminates in a special 'Friday Night Is Music Night Presents D-Day 70 Years On' with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Hosts Jeremy Vine, Dermot O’Leary and Louise Minchin will re-tell the story of key moments of D-Day, with narrative and performances from a fantastic line up including Patrick Stewart playing Winston Churchill and acclaimed folk singer and musician Seth Lakeman with a song written about his grandfather who served at D-Day and, years later, took a young Seth to Arromanches Beach to recount that fateful day.

The BBC Concert Orchestra will be joined by a band featuring musicians drawn from all three UK Armed Forces.

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.

Profits from the Royal Albert Hall concert will be donated to the charities SSAFA and SkillForce. David Murray, Chief Executive of SSAFA commented, “I am delighted that SSAFA has been given this opportunity to take part in such a moving tribute. The commemoration of 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings is an opportunity for us to mark the bravery of those who landed on the Normandy beaches and who freed Europe. Money raised by this concert will be used to provide lifelong support for our forces and there families, from all conflicts”

D-Day 70 Years On will be produced by TBI Media and Snappin' Turtle Production for BBC Radio 2. For ticket information head to the Royal Albert Hall website.

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