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175th Anniversary “Triumph of a Great Tradition” Concerts to Tell the Cunard Story

August 18, 2014 Cruise No Comments Email Email

The Cunard story is like no other and on 4 July 2015 in the magnificent Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool, that story will be told through word and song during two identical celebratory concerts that will be attended by all passengers on Queen Mary 2’s 2 July 175th Anniversary Crossing.

The “Triumph of a Great Tradition” Concerts will celebrate the magnificent heritage of Cunard as well as the fleet today, which is among the youngest and most highly rated afloat.

Queen Mary 2 will be berthed in Liverpool on the exact day 175 years earlier that Cunard’s first ship, Britannia, left Liverpool. Later that day Queen Mary 2 will follow in Britannia’s wake and recreate that epic first voyage, calling at Halifax and Boston (just as Britannia did) before in New York. The departure from Liverpool promises to be emotional, spectacular and unforgettable as large crowds and fireworks will close a day of celebration. Passengers on the Crossing will also enjoy a special programme of events to mark Cunard’s 175th, including gala dinners and a 175 Ball in the famous Queens Room.

Cunard fares for the 12-day 175th Anniversary Crossing start from $2,638 for an Inside cabin. Availability is limited.

Passengers will be assigned a concert to attend, either at 1100 and 1600 hours, and will last just over an hour. Seats will be made available to non-passengers as well and details will come at a later date. While it would be impossible to touch on the entire Cunard story in the time available, the concerts will focus on key aspects of Cunard history, including Sir Samuel Cunard himself; the era of the Floating Palaces; Cunard’s role in past war times; the Queens past and present; and, among other aspects, the company’s unrivaled association with the Royal Family. Key speakers will bring to life the story, and specially-selected songs will underline the triumph that is Cunard.

“As with previous Cunard concerts in Liverpool, we intend to stir the emotions of those attending while celebrating a history unlike any other,” said David Dingle, CEO of Cunard Line. “These concerts will be enjoyed by all those joining us on our official 175th Anniversary voyage and will live long in the memory. We look forward to issuing more detail in the coming months.”

Eryl Parry, director of Enterprise for the Liverpool Cathedral, said, “We are delighted that Cunard is coming ‘home’ to the Cathedral in July next year and we cannot wait to host what I’m sure will be another splendid celebration of all things Cunard. The previous concerts rank among some of the most special events ever to have taken place here and I and all the staff involved with them still recall the magical atmosphere those concerts generated and cannot wait for the that magic to be repeated next year!”

This will be the fourth time Cunard has used the Cathedral for such concerts. “The Triumph of QE2” marked the 40th anniversary of that ship’s launch in 2007; “Time to Say Goodbye” commemorated the life of QE2 prior to her retirement in 2008; while “The Magnificent Elizabeths” in 2011 celebrated the introduction of the new Queen Elizabeth and paid tribute to the Elizabeths before her.

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