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Andrea Bocelli to perform at Cunard Queen Anne naming ceremony in Liverpool

1 month ago

All eyes are set to be on Liverpool once again as the iconic Italian tenor takes centre stage for the naming of Cunard’s newest ship.

Global singing sensation Andrea Bocelli, will join an exceptional line-up of performers to celebrate the maiden call of the Cunard Queen Anne to its spiritual home.

The Liverpool waterfront will be the setting for this unforgettable celebration, Bocelli will be joined by an impressive line-up of Liverpool’s finest talent, including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and performers from LIPA, with the occasion hosted by musician Matt Willis and his wife, TV presenter Emma Willis.

Emma and Matt Willis will host the naming ceremony for Cunard’s new ship, Queen Anne, in Liverpool on 3rd June; 2024. Photograph by Christopher Ison ©
Emma and Matt Willis will host the naming ceremony for Cunard’s new ship, Queen Anne, in Liverpool on 3rd June; 2024. Photograph by Christopher Ison ©

The celebrity hosts will be joined on stage by special guests and the official Godparent for the naming of Queen Anne, a moment that is signified by the traditional smashing of a bottle of Champagne against the 249th ship to carry the Cunard name.

The event will draw to a close with a performance from operatic superstar Andrea Bocelli.

The celebrations will then continue with additional performances from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, and DJ Lauren Lo Sung. The festivities will then shift to a lively funk and soul set by Craig Charles, ensuring the celebration continues until the grand finale, when Queen Anne departs with a backdrop of dazzling fireworks.

Credit: Craig Charles
Credit: Craig Charles

Katie McAlister, President of Cunard, said:

“Liverpool is known the world over as Cunard’s spiritual home, and we are thrilled to announce Maestro Bocelli as part of our incredible line-up of talented artists and performers for this special event.

“This celebration is a tribute to our rich history and a testament to the enduring bond between Cunard and the city of Liverpool. We look forward to honouring this legacy with a celebration of unforgettable performances that reflect the spirit and vibrancy of both our company and this magnificent city.”

Andrea Bocelli said:

“It’s an honour to be performing in Liverpool, for the Official Naming Ceremony of Queen Anne. This event promises to be a beautiful celebration of artistry and craftsmanship, which perfectly captures spirit and elegance of Cunard’s new ship. To be taking part in such a historic occasion, in a city rich in cultural heritage, truly brings me great joy.”

The celebrations are expected to draw thousands of attendees, marking another significant moment in the history of Cunard ships.

In previous years, Cunard ships have drawn over a million spectators to the Mersey’s banks, notably for the QE2’s maiden call in July 1990 and the 2015 Three Queens ‘royal rendezvous’ celebrating Cunard’s 175th anniversary.

The Ceremony will take place from 4.00pm on June 3, 2024.

For more info on Cunard’s Queen Anne click here.

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