Coronation concert: when it is, who’s performing, how to watch

After all the pomp and ceremony of the Coronation in Westminster Abbey, the big Royal weekend continues in style on the evening of Sunday 7 May, with a star-studded Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle.

The concert, produced by BBC Studios Productions, will be broadcast live from the grounds of Windsor Castle on BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds. It will feature a broad mix of music spanning pop to classical, along with spoken word and dance performances reflecting arts and culture from around the UK and the wider Commonwealth.

Here’s your guide to the concert, who’s performing, and how you can watch and listen to the concert on TV and radio.

Who is performing at the Coronation Concert on 7 May?

Take That, Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, opera star Andrea Bocelli, Welsh bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel and classical-soul composer/producer Alexis Ffrench are some of the artists who will grace the stage at the Coronation Concert in the grounds of Windsor Castle on Sunday 7 May.

They are part of an eclectic line-up of artists who will perform at the event celebrating the Coronation of Their Majesties The King and The Queen in front of 20,000 members of the public and invited guests, as well as millions watching and listening at home – on BBC One and BBC iPlayer as well as BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds.

Andrea Bocelli and Sir Bryn Terfel will perform a duet for the concert.

Bocelli 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.’

What is Alexis Ffrench performing at the Concert?

Elsewhere, the classical composer, producer and pianist Alexis Ffrench will perform a duet with singer/songwriter Freya Ridings. A passionate advocate for music education, Ffrench serves as a governor and trustee of the Royal Academy of Music, as well as being the first artistic director of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. He also co-presented the 2022 BBC Young Musician of the Year final.

The artists will be backed by world-class musicians including a 70-piece orchestra and house band comprising the Massed Bands of the Household Division and the Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra.

Who else is performing at the Coronation Concert?

The concert will also feature The Royal Ballet, The Royal Opera, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), The Royal College of Music and The Royal College of Art, all collaborating for the very first time. They will create a spectacular one-off performance featuring actors Ncuti Gatwa (Doctor Who) and Mei Mac (My Neighbour Totoro, RSC).

The piece will be based on themes of love and togetherness, and will combine music, dance, art and theatre.

You’ll also see the likes of Tom Cruise, Dame Joan Collins and Disney’s Winnie the Pooh. Alongside Sir Tom Jones, Bear Grylls OBE and Oti Mabuse, these stars will appear in pre-recorded sketches and segments ‘revealing little-known facts about The King’.

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What is the Coronation Choir?

Alongside the stars of the concert, the show will also see an exclusive appearance from the Coronation Choir. This diverse group will be created from the nation’s keenest community choirs and amateur singers from across the United Kingdom, such as the Portishead RNLI sea shanty choir, farmers, cab drivers and reggae choirs.

The Coronation Choir will appear alongside The Virtual Choir, made up of singers from across the Commonwealth, for a special performance on the night. The choral performance will be conducted by Gareth Malone.

You may have seen the BBC TV programme Sing for the King, which followed Gareth’s efforts to recruit the choir and get them ready for this very special performance.

What is ‘Lighting up the Nation’?

The concert will also feature ‘Lighting up the Nation’, will see the country join together in celebration as iconic locations across the United Kingdom are lit up using projections, lasers, drone displays and illuminations.

What time is the Coronation Concert?

The concert begins at 8pm on Sunday 7 May.

How to watch the Coronation Concert

You’ll be able to watch the Concert from 8pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, where it will remain available for some time.

How to listen to the Coronation Concert

BBC Radio 2 will be broadcasting from Windsor Castle from 6pm-10pm. The concert will also be available on BBC Sounds after the evening itself.

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