On Air Now
Smooth Classics with Margherita Taylor 10pm - 1am
1 May 2013, 10:40
A host of classical stars including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Katherine Jenkins and Russell Watson are set to perform in the gardens of Buckingham Palace to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's coronation in July.
Musicians are marking the 60th anniversary of the Queen's coronation with three concerts celebrating the music of the Commonwealth and the UK's role in pop music. Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson, and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa are among the singers confirmed to perform in front of a 6,000-strong audience in concerts between 12-14 July.
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is set to perform the national anthem, after the Fanfare Trumpeters from the Household Division open the show. Students from the Sylvia Young Theatre School and members of the National Youth Orchestra will also be performing, alongside a diverse range of acts including The Feeling, Katie Melua and Matthew Bourne's New Adventures dance company.
The performances are part of the Coronation Festival from 12-14 July, including day events for members of the public featuring cooking demonstrations, an exploration of British pastimes, and a technology exhibition. Members of the Royal Family, charity representatives and guests from the Armed Forces can attend an invitation-only preview on 11 July.