The coronation of King Charles III was the first in the United Kingdom in 70 years.
WASHINGTON — The day after King Charles III’s historic coronation, newly crowned members of the royal family will celebrate with an eclectic concert at Windsor Castle.
The commemorative event will take place on Sunday, May 7, in front of a crowd of 20,000 and will be televised to the rest of the world. A collection of global icons and artists will headline the concert to “celebrate a new chapter in the nation’s history, with themes of love, respect and optimism”. BBC said.
The BBC-produced concert will also feature a “Light the Nation” program that will illuminate featured venues across the UK using lasers, projectors and drone displays.
Here’s everything there is to know about the coronation concert.
Who is performing at the coronation concert?
While the majority of celebrities and notable personalities will attend the concert, a select group of artists are tasked with leading the show.
“Teenage Dream” singer Katy Perry is very natural when performing in front of a crowd.
The 38-year-old singer and American Idol judge gave audiences “Left Shark” and the perfect mid-half performance of the Super Bowl in 2015, the highest-rated performance in the event’s history. Perry also had a close relationship with the king as she was an ambassador for his charity, the British Asian Trust.
Perry said: “I am delighted to be performing at the Coronation Concert and helping to further illuminate the British Asian Trust’s Children’s Advocacy Fund, which includes real-world fundraising initiatives. economy, with the aim of finding a solution to child trafficking”. in a statement.
Award-winning artist Lionel Richie will bring his talents to the Coronation concert. The singer, who has won numerous awards from Grammys to Oscars, will join American Idol Katy Perry on stage.
The “All Night Long” singer has royal ties of her own as the first global ambassador for the Prince’s Trust.
Richie said in a statement: “Being on stage with other performers at the Coronation Concert is a once-in-a-lifetime event and it will be an honor and a celebration.
Andrea Bocelli and Sir Bryn Terfel
International Italian opera star Maestro Andrea Bocelli will duet with Grammy Award-winning singer Sir Bryn Terfel.
Bocelli has sold more than 90 million records worldwide and received six classical BRIT awards in 2002. The Italian tenor sponsors an annual scholarship at the Royal College of Music to help students overcome overcome barriers and access world-class training, according to the BBC.
“I have had the great honor of singing for Queen Elizabeth II many times. It is now an honor to be invited to perform at King Charles III’s Coronation Concert. My joy and excitement multiplied when I had the opportunity to duet with my dear friend and wonderful baritone, Sir Bryn Terfel, performing an iconic song about love and collective solidarity,” said Bocelli.
Terfel, the Welsh baritone who regularly performs at opera houses around the world, is no stranger to the British royal family. He was made a Commander of the British Empire for his services to opera and was even awarded the Queen’s Medal of Music in 2006.
In 2017, Terfel was recognized for his achievements in music with a knighthood.
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The British pop group with 12 hits topping the UK charts are adding Coronation Concert to their roster of royal performances.
The group that includes Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen has performed at numerous royal events, including a concert for Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
“This will be our first live performance since the Odyssey Tour, four years ago in 2019, and what a stage to return to! A huge live band and orchestra, an ensemble choirs, army drums, the backdrop of Windsor Castle and the celebration of a new king. We can’t wait,” the group told the BBC.
Freya Ridings and Alexis Ffrench
Freya Ridings, the singer-songwriter behind the international hit “Lost Without You,” will perform a duet with classical pianist and composer Alexis Ffrench.
“I feel truly overwhelmed and amazed to have the opportunity to sing at the Coronation of Emperor Charles III – it feels like ‘pinching me’ once in history and I feel so honored to be loved. played with a wonderful orchestra and with Alexis Ffrench on the wonderful piano!” Ridings said.
The musicians will be supported by a 70-member orchestra and house band.
Tom Cruise, Winnie the Pooh and Nicole Scherzinger
The BBC says “Top Gun” actor Tom Cruise, pop star Nicole Scherzinger, Sir Tom Jones and even Winnie the Pooh bear will appear at the event — although not all of them will be up in person. stage. Cruise, Winnie the Pooh, Sir Tom Jones and Dame Joan Collins will be among the stars of the series of sketches and pre-recorded segments of the new king.
Nicole Scherzinger, lead singer of Pussycat Dolls and former X Factor judge, will duet with world-renowned pianist Lang Lang.
“I am extremely honored to be a part of such a historic event. The UK has been my home away from home for many years now, so it means a lot to me to be able to express my voice through the gift of song. The song I will sing is a powerful and emotional song. And being on stage with Lang Lang would be a dream come true; a once-in-a-lifetime performance,” said the Pussycat Dolls singer.
The concert will also see a special appearance by the Coronation Choir, a diverse group of community choirs and amateur singers from across the UK, according to the BBC.
A full list of performers is available on the BBC’s official website.