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Vicki Lee singing White Cliffs of Dover
This a review of Vicki's concert organised by the Rotary Clubs of New Zealand.
Vicki Lee held the 120-strong audience enthralled from the beginning of the concert, firmly setting the tone - this was about paying tribute to the legendary Vera Lynn, now 100.
Dame Vera Lynn gave her blessing for Lee to go ahead with this inspirational concert tour, and her instincts were spot on. Vicki Lee has a velvety-rich and expressive voice and top-notch keyboard skills - her interpretation of a medley of songs enthralled the mostly elderly audience.
Lee weaves a story through brackets of songs: Lynn’s humble beginnings and the fact that she was performing by age seven and had left school by 11 - and including her courageous travel to the battle-weary British troops in Burma in 1942.
Lee’s empathy and rapport with her audience coloured the two-hour plus concert. During the break (for a cuppa and a biscuit) she encouraged people to share their memories - and gleaned some beauties to weave into the second half of the concert.
But it was, in the end, about the songs, songs that were the backdrop of hope during the dark days of World War II, songs that many knew by heart. “White Cliffs of Dover” and “We’ll Meet Again” began and ended the concert.
In between were songs to make the heart sing: “When the Lights Go On Again”, “It Hurts To Say Goodbye”, “A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square”, “Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye”…
The concert ended with a bracket of Kiwi songs: “Blue Smoke”, “Now Is The Hour” and a rousing “Maori Battalion March to Victory” from the Koro-trio.
Vicki Lee’s concert is presented by Rotary Clubs throughout New Zealand - she is currently on a tour facilitated by this organisation in a fundraising project for youth projects.