Tickets on sale now for Albert Hall VE Day 75 celebration
A Concert of Commemoration and Celebration, featuring the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and other very special guests, will take place at the Royal Albert Hall on May Bank Holiday, Friday 8 May 2020, as the country reflects on this significant anniversary.
The Second World War represents the greatest conflict the world has ever seen. VE Day 75 will honour and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in order to liberate Europe, while at the same time celebrating the victory for Britain and its Allies.
‘My dear friends, this is your hour. This is not victory of a party or of any class.
It’s a victory of the great British nation as a whole.’
On 8 May 1945, Prime Minister Winston Churchill made his ‘Victory in Europe’ speech, in which he officially announced the unconditional surrender of Germany and the end of the Second World War in Europe. Exactly 75 years since that momentous day, SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity – the UK’s oldest national tri-service military charity – will present VE Day 75 With the Daily Mail, live from London’s Royal Albert Hall.
It will be an inspiring and patriotic evening featuring the best of British. Audiences will enjoy epic, stirring and emotional music from some of the country’s greatest composers – from Elgar’s Nimrod to Walton’s Spitfire Prelude and Fugue, Holst’s Planet Suite to Ron Goodwin’s Battle of Britain Theme – and many more.
The special event will also include appearances on stage by Second World War veterans and a line-up of guest performers, to be revealed soon.
By attending this event, audiences will also be supporting SSAFA, which offers support to those currently serving, regulars and reservists, in the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army and Royal Air Force, veterans and military families – as well as veterans from the Merchant Navy.
Says Sir Andrew Gregory, CEO of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity: ‘SSAFA is proud to present this poignant concert, which will honour the men and women who lost their lives during the Second World War, and also celebrate the freedom and safety that we enjoy today, thanks to our Armed Forces. It is our duty to keep the events of the past alive in our collective memory. Ensuring that future generations understand these matters will help guarantee that such a conflict never happens again. We hope that the nation will take a moment to reflect on the significance of this date, for it was a milestone that changed the course of history for the whole world.’
Randolph Churchill, great-grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, adds: ‘This could be our last opportunity to say thank you to the veterans of the Second World War. Let us never forget the heroes who gave their lives for us and for future generations. We owe it to them to responsibly cherish those liberties they fought for.’
Tickets for VE Day 75 are available now from the Royal Albert Hall Box Office: click here or call 020 7589 8212.
NEW BANK HOLIDAY DATE
For 2020, HM Government has moved the early May Bank Holiday to Friday 8 May to mark this significant national anniversary.
SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity has been providing lifelong support to our Forces and their families since 1885. Last year our teams of volunteers and employees helped more than 82,000 people in need, from Second World War veterans to young men and women who have served in more recent conflicts, and their families. SSAFA understands that behind every uniform is a person, and we are here for that person – any time they need us, in any way they need us, for as long as they need us.
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