Dame Vera Lynn in­spires Vicki Lee trib­ute

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A meet­ing with le­gendary artist Dame Vera Lynn in Eng­land has re­in­forced Manawatu mu­si­cian Vicki Lee’s de­sire to keep her mu­sic alive.

Vicki, who’s been a singer/ ac­com­pa­nist for Dame Malv­ina Ma­jor and Sir Howard Mor­ri­son, was thrilled with the re­sponse to her two trib­ute con­certs to Dame Vera on An­zac Day. From the au­di­ence re­ac­tion she re­alised the im­pact that the Force’s Sweet­heart had on peo­ple through­out the world.

‘‘Dame Vera’s mu­sic brought back in­cred­i­ble mem­o­ries to peo­ple and con­firmed my wish to con­tinue her mu­si­cal legacy,’’ Vicki says.

While re­cently in Eng­land, Vicki trav­elled to Sus­sex to meet Dame Vera, now 98, and they dis­cussed the en­dur­ing qual­ity of her songs and what they meant then and now. Dame Vera thanked Vicki for be­ing one of the mu­si­cians who kept her mu­sic alive both for peo­ple who re­mem­ber her and a new gen­er­a­tion dis­cov­er­ing her life and reper­toire for the first time.

‘‘Her mu­sic is so im­por­tant. It was the sound­track to many lives through­out the Sec­ond World War and the decades that fol­lowed,’’ Vicki says. ‘‘Her legacy is some­thing I feel pas­sion­ate about.’’

As a re­sult she’s em­bark­ing on a 40-per­for­mance tour of the lower North Is­land early next year singing and play­ing Dame Vera’s mu­sic and talk­ing about her life. Vicki, who’ll ac­com­pany her­self on pi­ano and key­board, will per­form the im­mor­tal songs for­ever as­so­ci­ated with Dame Vera such as We’ll Meet Again, When The Lights Go On Again, Wish Me Luck, Auf Wieder­se­hen and A Nightin­gale Sang in Berk­er­ley Square.

An in­trin­sic part of any con­cert is au­di­ence in­volve­ment and Vicki will en­gage peo­ple to join her in such num­bers as Wish Me Luck and Roll Out the Bar­rel. She’ll en­cour­age them to ex­press their own per­sonal anec­dotes of Dame Vera.

Vicki’s trib­ute also pos­sesses a strong Kiwi con­nec­tion with the songs Blue Smoke and, in par­tic­u­lar, Now Is the Hour. But be­fore Vicki leaves on her Ro­tary New Zealand spon­sored North Is­land tour she’s pro­vid­ing Manawatu au­di­ences with a fur­ther treat.

Her con­cert en­ti­tled The Life and Mu­sic of Vera Lynn and Friends will be pre­sented at Globe 2 on Sun­day Novem­ber 1 at 2.30 and 7pm. Tick­ets avail­able from The Globe. Ad­mis­sion is $20 of which part pro­ceeds will be made to Ro­tary’s Youth lead­er­ship Projects.

Vicki Lee meets the in­com­pa­ra­ble Dame Vera Lynn.

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