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Dame Vera Lynn Unites with West End Stars

Dame Vera Lynn at 103
Dame Vera Lynn at 103

Dame Vera Lynn conveys her personal message of love and best wishes to the theatre industry in an exclusive new online video. This unique production of “We’ll Meet Again” features socially-distanced West End stars united in song, assuring the nation that West End and UK theatres shall once more rise and thrive – some sunny day.

Dame Vera Lynn extends her personal message of love and best wishes to the theatre industry in a new and exclusive free online film.

Alfie Boe joins the previously announced cast of West End stars featured in this special collaboration produced by Dominic Ferris, with creative direction by Martin Milnes and visual direction by Tom Large.

The video features socially-distanced West End stars united in reassurance that West End and UK theatres shall once more rise and thrive – some sunny day.

“We’ll Meet Again” stars Alfie Boe, BLAKE, Gyles Brandreth, Sharon D. Clarke, Jonah Collier, Bill Deamer, Louise Dearman, Kerry Ellis, Shaun Escoffery, Ferris & Milnes, Maria Friedman, Bradley Jaden, Cassidy Janson, Joe Pasquale, Hannah Waddingham, Layton Williams and Michael Xavier.

The sixteen-strong choir provided by Capital Voices, features John Addison, Katie Birtill, Mary Carewe, David Combes, Yona Dunsford, Lance Ellington, Kate Graham, Matt Little, CJ Neale, Andrew Playfoot, Lucy Potterton, Annie Skates (who also created vocal arrangements), Patrick Smyth, James Spilling, Laura Tebbutt and Stephen Weller.

Musician Léon Charles, grandson of “We’ll Meet Again” composer Hughie Charles, is delighted the song has once again proved an inspiration: “‘We’ll Meet Again’ is about the wonderful optimism in the face of uncertainty that those who were close, but for now, apart, will be together again, ‘some sunny day’. I’m thrilled that my grandfather’s music, with Ross Parker’s lyrics, is being performed in the spirit in which it was intended.”

Pianist and producer Dominic Ferris oversaw the creative collaboration, enlisting the help of producer Anthony Cherry, who rallied his Friday Night Is Music Night team to the cause. Dominic said: “This project started life as a simple idea, uniting this country’s wonderful theatrical talent to boost morale among theatregoers and professionals alike. Compiling a multi-layered recording comprising dozens of audio and video files inevitably brings with it some technical challenges, but it has been a rewarding process to see all these elements come together. I’d like to extend my thanks to Anthony Cherry, Susan Fleet, my fellow creatives and all the artistes involved.”

Creative Director Martin Milnes said “It has been important to convey that the theatre is timeless. Therefore, this film is dedicated to the audiences and professionals of yesterday, today … and tomorrow. Our current theatre owes so much to everything which has gone before. And the theatre of tomorrow will be shaped by what we make of it today.”

“We’ll Meet Again” was developed with The Stay Inn, an online digital entertainment space hosting theatre, comedy and live stream concerts.

Vera LynnThe audio montage and music video for “We’ll Meet Again” is produced by Dominic Ferris, with visual sequences directed by Martin Milnes. They both participate in the film as their West End musical theatre duo Ferris & Milnes. The collaborative effort amongst West End artistes has been championed by producer Anthony Cherry, who rallied his Friday Night Is Music Night team to the morale-boosting cause.

Dame Vera Lynn with West End Stars perform We’ll Meet Again 2020

Anthony, Dominic and Martin said: “Our special thanks is given to visual editor Tom Large for his cinematic contribution. Mostly, we extend our sincere gratitude to Dame Vera Lynn and her team for their blessing and kind support throughout this very special project.

“WE’LL MEET AGAIN” COMPANY – SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES

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PRODUCTION TEAM
DOMINIC FERRIS (Producer & Musical Director)
@dominicferrismusic
@dominicferrismusic
@domferrismusic

MARTIN MILNES (Creative Director)
@martin.milnes3
@martinmilnes
@milnesmartin

TOM LARGE (Visual Director)
@teammadeathome
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@stayinnlandlord

CAPITAL VOICES
@capitalvoices1
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@capitalvoicesuk

PRINCIPAL ARTISTES
DAME VERA LYNN
@DameVeraLynn
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@VeraLynnDecca

ALFIE BOE
@alfieboe
@mralfieboe
@AlfieBoe

BLAKE
@thebandblake
@thebandblake
@TheBandBlake

GYLES BRANDRETH
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@gylesbrandreth
@GylesB1

SHARON D CLARKE
@TeamDClarke
@sharondclarkeofficial
@TeamDClarke

JONAH COLLIER
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@jonahcollierofficial
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BILL DEAMER
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@BillDeamer

LOUISE DEARMAN
@LouiseDearmanPage
@louise_dearman
@LouiseDearman

KERRY ELLIS
@officialkerryellis
@kerryellis79
@kerryjaneellis1

SHAUN ESCOFFERY
@ShaunEscofferyMusic
@shaunescoffery
@ShaunEscoffery

FERRIS & MILNES
@ferrisandmilnes
@ferrisandmilnesofficial
@ferrisandmilnes

MARIA FRIEDMAN
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@mariafriedman
@MariaFriedman1

BRADLEY JADEN
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@bradleyjaden
@BradleyJaden

CASSIDY JANSON
@cassidyjansonofficial
@cassidyjanson
@cassidyjanson

JOE PASQUALE
@JoePasqualeOfficial
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@itreallyisjoe

HANNAH WADDINGHAM
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@hannah_waddingham
@hanwaddingham

LAYTON WILLIAMS
@LaytonWilliamsOFFICIAL
@laytonwilliams
@LaytonWilliams

MICHAEL XAVIER
@michaeldxavierUK
@michaeldxavier
@michaelxavierUK

CAPITAL VOICES
JOHN ADDISON
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N/A

KATIE BIRTILL
@KatieBirtillsinger
@kbirtill
@KatieBirtill

MARY CAREWE
@marycarewe
@marycarewe
@mary11carewe

DAVID COMBES
@davidcombescoaching
@davidcombesvoxcoach
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YONA DUNSFORD
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LANCE ELLINGTON
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@lance.ellington98
@lanceellington

KATE GRAHAM
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@katyfgraham
@KFGraham

MATT LITTLE
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@MattBLittle

CJ NEALE
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@funksolaris
@gottabefunky

ANDREW PLAYFOOT
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@andrewplayfoot
@playfeet

LUCY POTTERTON
@lucypottertonvocals
@singlulah
@singlulah

ANNIE SKATES
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@AnnieSkates

PATRICK SMYTH
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@patricksmythofficial
@_PatrickSmyth

JAMES SPILLING
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@jamesspilling

LAURA TEBBUTT
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@lauratebbutt
@lauratebbutt

STEPHEN WELLER
@stephenwelleruk
@stephenwelleruk

SPECIAL THANKS
ALISON DUGUID
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@Allie_Duguid

SIMON HANHART
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@Supersimes

SUSAN FLEET (Lea Graham Associates)
@lgaltd
@leagrahamassoc
@LeaGrahamAssoc

OVERTURES – THE BUNNETT MUIR MUSICAL THEATRE ARCHIVE TRUST
@overturesmusicals
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