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Chorley singer Jonjo Kerr in Albert Hall salute
SINGER and serving soldier Jonjo Kerr has said being chosen to sing at the Albert Hall at this year’s Festival of Remembrance is “a humbling experience”.
Jonjo, who reached the final live shows of ITV1’s X Factor last year, will be joined by The Military Wives to perform a brand-new version of the hit track In My Dreams at the festival, on November 10.
Jonjo, 28, from Chorley, only returned from Afghanistan in September, and serves as a private in Corunna Company 3rd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, based in Warminster.
He honed his vocal skills in the karaoke pubs of Chorley, and East Lancashire.
He first collaborated with The Military Wives on their debut number one album In My Dreams, and a brand-new version of the album’s title track will be performed at the festival Jonjo said: “Being asked to perform at the Royal Albert Hall is a huge honour. I literally can’t express my gratitude to ever-yone concerned for the opportunity.
“The Royal British Legion is an extremely important charity that helps us all to remember the fallen and thank them for the sacrifice they have made for us.”
His manager Dean Maynard, said: “This is a huge honour for Jonjo and his regiment. We’re so proud of him. It could not have happened to a nicer man.”
Fifty members of The Military Wives will take to the stage with Jonjo in front of an audience of 8,000, including members of the Royal Family. The event will also be broadcast live on BBC One and Radio Two.