Fiona’s off on French mission for D-Day

Fiona Harrison
Fiona Harrison

Linslade soprano Fiona Harrison is all set to perform in France for the D-Day commemorations which this year will be taking place in the town of Ste Marie du Mont.

Fiona is no stranger to Normandy having sung at commemoration events since 2004. Last year she represented her country performing at Utah and Gold Beach events for both British and American veterans which were attended by dignitaries including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

This year Fiona will be swapping her British ATS Army uniform for an American WAC and US WAVES uniform as she performs two shows for American veterans and re-enacters outside the church of Ste Marie du Mont for the June 6 commemorations.

“When planning a show it’s important to understand your audience” said Fiona.

“When I sing in Arromanches and at Gold beach I always make sure I have a good British sing-along content.

“This year I’m at Utah so I’ve brought in a strong Hollywood and French flavour with Judy Garland, Carmen Miranda, James Cagney and Edith Piaf. For my finale I shall be singing the famous Band of Brothers theme Requiem to a Soldier which last year invoked so many emotions for the veterans.”

2015 is already proving to be a very busy year for Fiona. In February she opened the Leighton Buzzard Oxjam festival at All Saints Church and this summer the soprano will be performing in Bexhill at the Roaring 20s event which last year attracted over 15,000 visitors.

A local entertainer who specialises in historical periods Fiona is one of the busiest performers on the circuit.

This August she will be singing for the Victorian Festival on the Isle of Wight before heading onto Llandridod Wells and up to Gretna Green in Scotland for the town’s Pack Up Your Troubles WW1 commemorations.

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