Rousing concerts mark major anniversaries at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Concerts to celebrate HMS Victory's 250th anniversary and the 70th Anniversary of D-Day

The month of May marks two significant dates, the 70th anniversary of VE Day on Friday 8th May and the 250th Anniversary of HMS Victory’s launch and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is hosting popular evening concerts to mark the occasions. 


To commemorate the 70th Anniversary of VE Day on Friday 8th May, the newest Big Band in the south of England, the Big Time Show Band will perform a repertoire of 1940s inspired tunes for the very first time.  


As Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory celebrates the 250th Anniversary of her launch, a special outdoor concert performed by the Royal Marines Association Concert Band with a special appearance by the Corp of Drums from the Royal Marines School of Music will be held with the ship and Georgian historic buildings as a backdrop on Saturday 9th May.


The broad programme for the HMS Victory concert includes The Battle of Trafalgar with narration; traditional marches, “Songs that won the war” and a James Bond medley


Running times for both seated concerts is 7.30pm – 9.30pm and tickets which cost £20 adult; £15 concession are now available online or by visiting the Visitor Centre, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard between 10am – 4pm. Tickets are also available on the night. 

Book online for the VE Day Concert

Book online for the Victory 250 Concert

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