DAME Vera Lynn, fondly remembered by many as the golden-voiced ‘Forces’ Sweetheart’ during WWII, turns 100 years old on March 22.
To celebrate this auspicious occasion, three top Durban performers have put together a tribute to her. Lisa Bobbert, Evan Roberts and Anthony Stonier will present their wonderful tribute show ‘A Nightingale Sang’ at a supper theatre evening at Azalea Hall on March 25 at 6pm for 7pm.
Generations of music lovers venerate Very Lynn and are familiar with her beautiful voice that, many say, helped to win the war. She is best known for her 1939 recording of the popular and nostalgic song ‘We’ll Meet Again’, written by Ross Parker and Hughie Charles. Another big wartime hit, ‘The White Cliffs of Dover’, with lyrics by Nat Burton and music by Walter Kent, is still loved and remembered.
During the darkest days of the Second World War, Lynn produced her own radio programme, ‘Sincerely Yours’, sending messages to British troops serving abroad. She and her quartet performed songs most requested by the soldiers, too. She also visited hospitals to interview new mothers and send personal messages to their husbands overseas.
In September 2009, at the age of 92, Vera became the oldest living artist to have a number one hit on the British charts, with her compilation album ‘We’ll Meet Again: The Very Best of Vera Lynn’. A new album, ‘Vera Lynn’ is to be released three days before her 100th birthday.
In their tribute singers Lisa and Anthony and pianist Evan will offer Vera Lynn fans all their favourite hits from the blitz including ‘We’ll Meet Again’, ‘The White Cliffs of Dover’, ‘We’ll Gather Lilacs’ and, of course, ‘A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square’. Tickets are R65 and guests will be seated at tables, supper theatre style. Bring your own picnic supper and refreshments. Book at the village’s RAC and admin offices.
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