Coronation Concert: Everything you need to know about King Charles’s musical celebration

Take That, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie among musical acts to perform tonight

Isobel Lewis
Sunday 07 May 2023 18:20 BST
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King Charles III’s coronation is well and truly upon us, with a Bank Holiday weekend full of celebrations in full swing.

The official coronation took place yesterday, on Saturday 6 May, with a coronation concert taking place this evening (Sunday 7 May).

Staged at Windsor Castle and broadcast across the BBC, the concert will feature performances from Take That, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.

Last summer, a royal concert was staged at Buckingham Palace for the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, titled the Party at the Palace concert. Rod Stewart, Diana Ross and Queen were among those to perform.

Here’s everything you need to know:

When and where is the concert taking place?

The coronation concert take place at 8pm tonight (Sunday 7 May), ahead of the bank holiday Monday tomorrow (8 May).

The concert will be staged on the East Lawn of Windsor Castle, marking the first time a concert has been held in the grounds.

Celebrations for the Platinum Jubilee in June (Getty Images)

Who will be performing?

Take That, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie are among the musical acts who will be performing at the coronation concert.

Also on the line-up are Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli, Welsh bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel, singer-songwriter Freya Ridings and classical-soul composer Alexis Ffrench. More acts will be announced soon.

The Coronation Choir, a group created from the nation’s keenest community choirs and amateur singers from across the UK, such as refugee choirs, NHS choirs, LGBT+ singing groups and deaf signing choirs, will also make an appearance.

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Who has turned down performing at the concert?

We don’t officially know whether there are any musicians who have actually said “no” to performing at the coronation, but reports have suggested that both Ed Sheeran and Adele are unable to perform, despite the King being “very keen” to have both.

Harry Styles, Kylie Minogue and Elton John are also said to have declined offers to perform.

Charles appears at the Platinum Party in the Palace concert (Getty Images)

How to get tickets

Sadly, it’s too late to apply for tickets for the concert, as the public ballot has now closed.

The tickets will be split between 10,000 members of the public, who were told if they had won free tickets in April, and volunteers from Charles and Camilla’s charities.

Winners will be allocated based on the geographical spread of the UK’s population rather than on a first-come, first-served basis, with 5,000 people each given a pair of tickets in the ballot run by Ticketmaster.

The remaining tickets will be shared between organisations supporting young people, the military and the environment, alongside local communities and the Commonwealth.

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