Vince Hill's farewell concert in CoventryNews
With 2019 marking his 85th birthday, singing star Vince Hill will be heading home to Coventry next month to perform a special farewell concert at the Belgrade Theatre, as he prepares to retire from the spotlight after 70 years in showbusiness.
Taking place on Tuesday 4 June, his Midday Variety performance will help to raise much needed funds for the theatre's charitable work, with the "Edelweiss" singer donating his performance fee, as well as £1 from every ticket sold, to support their in the community.
Best known for his hit 1967 recording of The Sound of Music number "Edelweiss", which has gone on to sell a million copies, Vince has recorded over 300 songs over the years, performing at famous venues from the Royal Albert Hall to Sydney Opera House, as well as hosting a number of popular television series during the 70s and 80s, including They Sold A Million and Musical Time Machine for the BBC, and ITV chat show Gas Street.
Forming part of the Belgrade's regular Midday Variety programme, his forthcoming show will see him share stories and songs from throughout his illustrious career, accompanied by the world-class musicians of the Ken McCarthy Trio. Hosted by Mark Andrews, the performance will feature guest appearances from Vince's friends and colleagues including TV comic Duncan Norvelle, musical theatre star Jane Horn and the Coventry Consortium Swing Band.
As Coventry looks forward to an exciting future with its year as City of Culture on the horizon, Vince will also be giving something back to the community, using his celebration concert to raise much-needed funds for the Belgrade Theatre's charitable work. As well as donating his own performance fee, Vince and his team will also donate £1 from every ticket sold back to the Belgrade Theatre Trust.
Vince Hill said:"I am so excited to be performing my last big show at the Belgrade Theatre in my home city of Coventry. I rarely do concerts nowadays but simply couldn't resist the opportunity to do a show that will benefit the wonderful charitable work that the Belgrade Theatre Trust does in the local community.
"Coventry gave me my big break when I started my showbiz career and my hope is the monies raised will help the next generation of local talent get started on their paths to stardom. Might I add I am immensely proud that Coventry is to be the UK City of Culture 2021. I can't wait to get involved with those celebrations…. it's a well deserved win!!"