Second World War remembered with concert tour

Actors Kevin Whately and Peter Bowles will host performances of Our Finest Hour, harking back to wartime songs and Winston Churchill’s speeches.

The concerts will commemorate the evacuation at Dunkirk and the victory of the Battle of Britain, with music made famous by Vera Lynn, Gracie Fields and Glenn Miller.

The shows will also feature vocalist Annie Gill and the BBC Big Band, with music director Barry Forgie.

Audiences will hear songs such as We’ll Meet Again, The White Cliffs of Dover and A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square as well as music inspired by the war, including the Dam Busters March – and audience participation will be encouraged for renditions of Rule, Britannia, I Vow to Thee My Country and Land of Hope and Glory.

Whatley (pictured) will host the show in April at Birmingham, Cardiff, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Southend.

The Southend show on April 23 will be a special performance for St George’s Day.

Bowles will take over hosting duties on May 3, 4 and 5 at Gateshead, Manchester and London’s Barbican Hall.

Whatley returns with the show in autumn, starting on September 22 in Basingstoke, then Leicester, Leeds, Newcastle, Ipswich, and finally Cambridge Corn Exchange (October 5).