A number of artists have been selected to perform at King Charles III’s coronation, which is about to begin. The event will feature a number of notable performers, one of which is pop star Katy Perry. The performance will take place on the day following the May 6 coronation.
The first performers for the musical event have been announced by BBC, and the coronation concert will take place at Windsor Castle on May 7, 2023.
“The concert will celebrate a new chapter in the nation’s history, with themes of love, respect, and optimism, celebrating the four nations, their communities, and the Commonwealth,” the portal said.
20,000 members of the general public and invited guests will attend the concert, which will also be streamed live by millions of people around the world via BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 2, and BBC Sounds.
BBC Chief Content Officer, Charlotte Moore said,
“We are bringing the nation together for this once-in-a-generation occasion, broadcast exclusively across the BBC live from Windsor Castle. We have a world-class line up of performers to look forward to for what promises to be a very special night of celebration and entertainment.”
At the coronation concert, singer-songwriter Katy Perry will perform. She is one of only five artists in history to have sold more than 100 million certified units of digital singles.
She stated, “I am excited to be performing at the Coronation Concert, and helping to shine a further light on the British Asian Trust’s Children’s Protection Fund, whose work includes on-ground initiatives to fundraising, with the aim to find solutions to child trafficking”.
Veteran artist Lionel Richie, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2022, will also be performing at the crowning ordinance show. Over 125 million albums have been sold worldwide by the Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe winner, who is 73 years old.
He stated, “To share the stage at The Coronation Concert with the other performers is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and it will be an honor and a celebration.”
Additionally, Take That will take the stage. The Pop group ‘Take That’ comprising of Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, and Mark Owen, is quite possibly the best band in English melodic history, with in excess of 45 million records sold.
“This will be our most memorable live show since the Odyssey Visit, quite a while back in 2019, and what a phase to return on! a huge live band and orchestra, a choir, military drummers, Windsor Castle as a backdrop, and a celebration of a new king all played live. The trio stated, “We can’t wait.”
Andrea Bocelli and Bryn Terfel:
Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and Welsh bass-baritone opera singer Bryn Terfel will be performing a duet at the coronation concert.
“I have had the great honour of singing for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on several occasions. It is now another great honour to be asked to perform at the Coronation Concert of King Charles III,” Bocelli revealed.
“My joy and excitement is multiplied as I have the chance to duet with my dear friend and superb baritone, Sir Bryn Terfel, performing an iconic song of love and collective solidarity,” he added. “Having sung at numerous events that were connected to the patronages King Charles held as the Prince of Wales, it is an incredible honour to be singing now at the Coronation of His Majesty The King, Charles III,” said Terfel.
The 57-year-old concluded,
“I am also delighted to be performing at the celebratory concert in Windsor, another opportunity for me to sing with my great friend and colleague, the wonderful Italian tenor, Maestro Andrea Bocelli.”
Singer-songwriter Freya Ridings and British classical-soul pioneer Alexis Ffrench will be performing a duet at the concert.
“I feel truly overwhelmed and in awe of the opportunity to sing at the Coronation of His Majesty Charles III – it feels like a ‘pinch me’ once in a lifetime moment in history and I’m feeling very honoured to have been asked,” Ridings said.
“Excited to be playing with a wonderful orchestra and alongside the incredible Alexis Ffrench on piano!” the 28-year-old added. “Such moments are unequivocally iconic and exceedingly rare, and I am delighted to share the stage with the wonderfully talented Freya Ridings on this momentous occasion,” Ffrench, 53, revealed.
The Coronation Choir will also make an exclusive appearance at the concert, in addition to the aforementioned artists. The show will be a part of the three days of festivities held the nation over. According to the most recent update, King Harry will go to his dad’s royal celebration but his significant other, former actress and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle will stay in the US.