Friday 5 October 2018
Cambridge Corn Exchange - CB2 3QE
Presented by Kevin Whately, star of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Inspector Morse and Lewis.
To coincide with the lead up to the celebration of VE Day, we look back in words and music at the momentous turning point of World War Two, and Britain’s finest hour, from the miracle of Dunkirk to the decisive victory of the Battle of Britain.
From Vera Lynn and Gracie Fields to the Andrews Sisters and Glenn Miller, the songs and music of the 1940s are as well-loved today as ever.Featuring We’ll Meet Again, The White Cliffs of Dover and A Nightingale Sang On Berkeley Square as well as some of the classic music it inspired, including the Dam Busters March and the music from Ron Goodwin’s classic scores to Battle of Britain and 633 Squadron.
With famous speeches of Winston Churchill, and the best tunes of the time from the dance halls and wireless, join Kevin Whatley, the BBC Big Band and stars of the West End in a unique celebration of Our Finest Hour.
The evening is presented by Kevin Whatley, Kevin's theatre credits include Herbie in Gypsy (Chichester), Uncle Peck in How I Learned to Drive (Donmar), Ray Lucas in Snake in the Grass (Old Vic), Juror 8 in Twelve Angry Men (Bristol Old Vic and Comedy Theatre), Daines in Our Own Kind (Bush), John Proctor in The Crucible and Blackmore in The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd (Haymarket, Leicester), Tony Lumpkin in She Stoops to Conquer (Oxford Playhouse), Prince Hal in Henry IV (Newcastle), Phil in Bad Language (Hampstead Theatre), Elvis in Operation Elvis (Tricycle), Andy in Accounts (Edinburgh and Riverside Studios) and seasons at Perth, Stoke, Worcester and Newcastle.
Kevin has also made several television appearances including Lewis (9 series), Inspector George Gently, Joe Maddison’s War, Who Do You Think You Are?, The Children, Who Gets the Dog, Footprints in the Snow, Dad, Auf Wiedersehen Pet (4 Series), Belonging, Tamworth Two, Promoted to Glory, Plain Jane, Inspector Morse (7 Series & 4 single films), What Katy Did, Pure Wickedness, The Broker’s Man (2 Series), Gobble, Trip Trap, Peak Practice (3 Series), Skallagrigg, B&B, Night Voice, A Murder is Announced, Shackleton, The Dig and Fair Stood the Wind for France.
Annie Gill, vocalist. Annie completed her postgraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music before becoming a young artist at the Opera National du Rhin in Strasbourg. She was a major scholar of the Peter Moores foundation. She came to international prominence when she performed the role of Mercedes at the Opera Comique Paris in a new production of Carmen directed by Adrian Noble under the baton of Sir John Eliot Gardiner. It was screened live in cinemas throughout Europe. She has since sung Mercedes at Opera North and the title role of Carmen for Scottish Opera on Tour.
BBC Big Band: Widely regarded as the world’s leading and most versatile Orchestras, The BBC Big Band continues to delight audiences around the world through their broadcasts on BBC Radio and their live performances.
The Band’s musical collaborations read like a ‘who’s who’ of the international music scene, and have included artists as diverse as: Tony Bennett, Martin Taylor, Robert Palmer, Louis Stewart, Van Morrison, Amy Winehouse, Mel Torme, Clark Terry, Michael Buble, Dr John, George Benson, Van Morrison, Georgie Fame and Ray Charles … to name just a few!
Above: The evening will be presented TV's Kevin Whately.
Above: Annie Gill, vocalist.
Above: The BBC Big Band