The lineup for King Charles’ coronation concert has been revealed, and it includes some big names in music. Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, both judges on American Idol, are set to perform at King Charles’ Coronation Concert, having known the king for years through their ambassadorship for two of his charities.
The concert will take place on Sunday, May 7, one day after King Charles and Queen Camilla is crowned at Westminster Abbey. The concert is being organized by BBC Studios Productions and will be broadcast live from the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Charity Ambassadors Katy Perry and Lionel Richie Among Performers at Coronation Concert
American Idol judges Katy Perry and Lionel Richie are among the performers and have known King Charles for years through their ambassadorship for two of his charities.
Perry has been an ambassador of The British Asian Trust, a charity co-founded by Prince Charles to tackle poverty and transform lives in South Asia, since 2020.
Meanwhile, Richie was appointed the First Global Ambassador and First Chairman of the Global Ambassador Group for The Prince’s Trust in 2019.
The concert will also feature performances from Andrea Bocelli, Take That, Sir Bryn Terfel, Freya Ridings, and Alexis Ffrench.
Opera legend Bocelli will perform a duet with Terfel, a Grammy Award-winning bass-baritone who was honored with a knighthood for his services to music in 2017.
Take That will perform in their first live show since 2019, while singer-songwriter Ridings performs a duet with Ffrench, a classical composer, producer, and pianist.
More Performers to be Announced for King Charles’ Coronation Concert
The Coronation Choir, which unites a diverse group of singers from the Portishead RNLI sea shanty choir, farmers, cab drivers, and reggae groups across the U.K., will also give a special performance with The Virtual Choir, comprised of singers from across the Commonwealth.
The concert will celebrate a new chapter in the nation’s history, with themes of love, respect, and optimism, celebrating the four nations, their communities, and the Commonwealth, according to a statement by the BBC.
The musical show promises 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.
The BBC added that more performers are “due to be announced shortly.”
The concert will be attended by an audience of 20,000, including members of the public and select guests.
Free tickets to the Coronation Choir were made available to the public via national ballot, and the concert will also be attended by volunteers from some of the King and Queen Consort’s charity affiliations.
“Lighting up the Nation” will see iconic locations across the U.K. illuminated with projections, lasers, and drone displays synchronized with the show.
The BBC will also stream the concert on BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 2, and BBC Sounds.
King Charles and Queen Camilla’s coronation celebrations continue on Monday, May 8, which Prime Minister Rishi Sunak declared a bank holiday. U.K. citizens are invited to participate in the Big Help Out, a volunteering initiative, and give their time to good causes.