It appears that Hayley, Jonathan Ansell and Katherine Jenkins will be taking part in this year's Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall. I'll quote part of a BBC Press Release dated 15th September 2008.
BBC commemorates 90th anniversary of Armistice
BBC programming includes:
Festival Of Remembrance And Cenotaph Ceremony
Live coverage of the Royal British Legion's annual Festival Of Remembrance, in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family.
With the massed bands of the Household Division, the Band of HM Royal Marines, the Band of the Parachute Regiment, the RAF Squadronaires and the Queen's Colour Squadron of the Royal Air Force who are joined by Katherine Jenkins, Hayley Westenra and Jonathan Ansell. The Lesson is read by HRH The Earl of Wessex.[/size][/quote] Thanks to Di for the tip-off.
Here's some information about the Festival of Remembrance from Visit London.
Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance
Dates: 8 November 2008 Times: 08 Nov 2008 2:00 PM Venue: Royal Albert Hall
The Royal British Legion's annual Festival of Remembrance returns to the Royal Albert Hall in London with two moving concerts to remember those who lost their lives at war.
About the Festival of Remembrance in London
The Festival of Remembrance is held every year on the Saturday before Remembrance Sunday.
It traditionally includes military displays by current members of the armed forces, choral performances, and prayers.
Two Services for the Royal British Legion
There are two identical services, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. The first service of remembrance is open to the public.
Tickets for the second service are reserved for members of the Royal British Legion. This prestigious event is attended by veterans, military officers, HM the Queen and other royals.
Poppies in London's Royal Albert Hall
As well as remembering those who have fought and died serving their country, the Festival of Remembrance is also a time to think about the continuing conflicts across the world.
It is an opportunity to remember the service men and women who are putting their lives at risk protecting our peace and freedom today.
The Festival of Remembrance is a solemn, thought-provoking event. Particularly poignant moments will be the observance of the two-minute silence and the releasing of a million red poppies over the audience.
According to the Jonathan Ansell forum, Jonathan has said that he will be singing HTTH at the function plus "a new duet with Hayley". Some reports have said Russell Watson will be there too, but this may be a mistake. There is a lot of speculation about what the "new duet" will be, since their previous duets are not quite appropriate for a function like this. Of course, they may not know themselves yet, and it may be kept under raps until the day. That Jonathan will sing HTTH is petty predictable. That was a great choice of song.
ENTERTAINMENT: Festival of Remembrance On: BBC Radio Two Date: Saturday 8th November 2008 Time: 20:00 to 21:00 (1 hour long)
Chris Stuart presents highlights from this year's Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance. Katherine Jenkins, Jonathan Ansell and Hayley Westenra join massed bands, including those of the Royal Marines and the Parachute Regiment, for this feast of music and pageantry.
Excerpt taken from DigiGuide
Details of the BBC TV "Live Coverage" mentioned in Richard's post above do not yet appear to have been released, there are two empty slots in the schedules for 8th November as follows:
BBC One hosts coverage of the Royal British Legion's annual Festival of Remembrance in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family.
The Massed Bands of the Household Division, the Band of HM Royal Marines, the Band of the Parachute Regiment, the RAF Squadronaires and The Queen's Colour Squadron of the Royal Air Force will be joined on the night by Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson, Hayley Westenra and Jonathan Ansell. The lesson is read by the Earl of Wessex.
The event grew out of a national desire to find an appropriate way to remember the fallen of the Great War. In 1927, the British Legion organised the first Festival of Remembrance. It was broadcast across the world by the BBC, with songs, military bands and two minutes of silence. Every year, the Festival culminates in the poignant Service of Remembrance as thousands of poppy petals fall from the roof of the hall, each representing a life lost in war. This is a moment to remember all victims of war and conflict, paying tribute to the Armed Forces and the servicemen and women around the world, putting their lives at risk today.
This programme is part of 1918-2008 – Ninety Years Of Remembrance, a special season of programmes on the BBC marking the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
How many times now will Hayley have performed before the Queen of New Zealand (and of England and quite a few other places )?
Clearly, Hayley feels very much at home in the UK and seems to enjoy singing for her Queen And why is it that now every time I see Jonathan's name, Hayley's doesn't seem to be far? Do you think they will be duetting again?
A duet with Hayley and Jonathan is always fabulous.
And Here's to the Heroes will be very poignant.
It will be bitter sweet for me as my late Dad was in the RAF and I always watch the Festival of Remembrance and get very affected with memories of him - it will be even more touching to hear Here's to the Heroes and think of him.
I'm currently listening to the 'BBC Radio 2' coverage of this event and I've just listened to the duet which was performed by Hayley and Jonathan. I'll not spoil the surprise for those people who are waiting to see the BBC1 TV coverage, but I can tell you from what I understand, the duet is a new piece which was specially recorded for the event!
Let me tell you... It is something rather special!!!
Roger, brace yourself... Hayley & Jonathan also sing one of your favourite songs!!!
I have this new duet (with the first verse sung solo by Hayley) recorded, uploaded and ready for the link to be posted. But I won't do so for the same reason - in case it spoils the surprise if it's broadcast on TV within the next hour or so.
So let's all respect this, please - don't spoil the surpise for TV viewers!
It is worth noting that the first part of the Radio 2 performance (which includes Hayley) was recorded at the afternoon ceremonies - this evening's not yet having taken place!
Hayley's (all too short) performance? Fabulous!
Edit: Oh I see now what they did! Radio 2 broadcast only Hayley's solo verse... and later, a solo verse of something else by Jonathan! Fabulous TV performance (complete)!!! Recording later...
I agree, very moving. Brings home the real human cost of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. I can see now why Hayley was so deeply affected by her experience in Basra. I think Hayley and Jonathan's performance needs to be seen in context.