News: Tribute to Dame Vera

Posted on 12th September 2019

Kiwi Musician Performs Tribute to Dame Vera Lynn


Popular songs from yesteryear will be performed by professional musician Vicki Lee in support of the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity at Danny House, Hurstpierpoint on Saturday 21 September.


The musical journey through the life and times of Dame Vera Lynn will be performed in the historic Great Hall of Danny House when audience participation will be very much the order of the day.


During her shows, Vicki regularly mingles with the audience in the intermission to engage with them and gather stories that the music has evoked for them. She is collecting these tales with the hope that one day they can be published in a book.


Vicki Lee from Palmerston North in New Zealand has met Dame Vera on several occasions during visits to the UK, and she is delighted to be performing her highly popular show in support of the Children’s Charity. Vicki regularly performs Dame Vera’s classics to WW2 veterans and the elderly in her home country and has taken a break in her national tour to visit the UK.


The Life and Music of Vera Lynn is a nostalgic concert created and performed by Vicki, who has been a professional musician for four decades.

Vicki’s first taste of Dame Vera’s music was as a child when her parents, who were fans, played it at home. It wasn’t until 2015 that Vicki performed her work for the first time. Her first concert was so well-attended that more and more were called for and the popularity has grown from then.


Fans of popular songs such as I’ll Be Seeing You, Auf Wiedersehen Sweetheart and A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square will be in for a treat and the audience will be invited to join in the rousing finale by singing The White Cliffs of Dover and We’ll Meet Again.


Vicki said: “It is a real honour for me to perform some of Dame Vera’s famous songs to a Mid-Sussex audience and on this visit I’ll also be performing at St George’s Park as well as in Normandy. It is the music that triggers memories, but more than that, it is the association of what Dame Vera did with those songs which makes the connections so profound. It is important that we keep alive her wonderful legacy for future generations.”


Dame Vera Lynn added: “Vicki is a highly talented musician and singer, and I am immensely grateful for her fundraising efforts for the Children’s Charity. I hope she will continue to bring joy to people of all ages in New Zealand, France and the UK for many years to come.


Tickets for the concert are priced at £10 and can be obtained by phoning 01444 473274.


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