I was extremely lucky to be offered tickets to see VE day at 70 live at the Royal Albert Hall this past Sunday. VE day, Victory in Europe, was the official end to the bloodshed and atrocities of the Second World War; freedom from the tyranny of Hitler’s Nazi regime, and an end to a war that claimed 55 million lives, both military personnel and civilians.
The event was a reminder of the cost of war, the celebration of life, a remembrance of those who has fallen or were interred as POWs, and also a bit of a celebration of our national pride, all though the medium of music.
The night was hosted by the smooth toned John Suchet and the lovely Myleene Klass, with perfomances from Katherine Jenkins, Rebecca Ferguson and Wynne Evans. You can listen to the concert here!
I used an entire packet of tissues by the intermission – it’s so easy to go about your daily life without thinking on the sacrifice made by so many to save so few (terrible Churchill paraphrase). There were poetry and diary readings interlaced with wonderful music from the time, or from well known musical scores of films inspired by moments during WWII- A highlight for me was Shindler’s List theme featuring Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s (I seem to recall) Violinist, Helen Wood. Such an emotive piece.
I hope you found a moment to pause and reflect- if you didn’t, put 6th June in your diary. D-Day, the single most devastating yet vital victory for the allies forces landing in France that stole the lives of tens of thousands of British, American and Allied troops.
Now, on a lighter note, I wanted to share my outfit for the night. I decided that my Mulberry Dress was due a debut for such a wonderful occasion.
I loved this clutch, paired perfectly with the golden detailing on my dress.
My friend and I stayed in 54 Boutique Hotel on Queensgate, a short walk to the Albert Hall (Just as well in those heels!!) It also overlooked the famous Natural History Museum which was free to visit. The room was good value I felt, at £139. There were Neal’s Yard goodies in the bathroom, and a nespresso machine in the room too!!