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Evening Standard
Robert Dex

Katy Perry and Take That to headline Coronation concert at Windsor

Katy Perry will join Take That, Lionel Richie and Andrea Bocelli in the line-up for the Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle on Sunday May 7.

The BBC confirmed the line-up that will also include Sir Bryn Terfel, singer-songwriter Freya Ridings and composer and pianist Alexis Ffrench to perform in front of a live audience of 20,000 and millions watching and listening at home.

Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen, who perform as Take That, have sold millions of records around the world and played at several Royal Variety Performances.

Mark Owen, Gary Barlow, and Howard Donald of Take That (Peter Byrne/PA) (PA Archive)

They said: “This will be our first live show since the Odyssey Tour, four years ago in 2019, and what a stage to come back on!  

“A huge live band and orchestra, a choir, military drummers, the backdrop of Windsor Castle and the celebration of a new King.  We can’t wait.”

Perry, who has sold 57 million albums around the world, met the King in 2019 and is an ambassador for his British Asian Trust charity.

The Roar singer said: “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.”

Lionel Richie (Joe Giddens/PA) (PA Archive)

Richie, who first found fame in The Commodores in the 1970s, was the first Global Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust.

He said: “To share the stage with the other performers at The Coronation Concert is a once-in-a-lifetime event and it will be an honor and a celebration.”

Maestro Andrea Bocelli and Sir Bryn Terfel will perform a duet for the concert and the Italian singer said: “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. 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.”

North London singer Ridings will duet with Ffrench and said the concert was a “pinch me” moment.

All the performers will be backed by a 70-piece orchestra and house band comprising the Massed Bands of the Household Division and the Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra.

Charlotte Moore, BBC Chief Content Officer, 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.”

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