Stella McCartney to give spoken word performance at Coronation Concert

Conservation-focused segment at the concert, produced by BBC Studios Productions, will reflect King Charles III’s love of the natural world



Stella McCartney will take to the Coronation Concert stage on Sunday to deliver a spoken word performance with a conservation theme. The segment reflects hers and The King’s shared passion for environmental sustainability.

The fashion designer’s speech will be part of a broader nature-themed section of the concert, which will also feature a poignant rendition of a 1980s hit, performed by classical-soul composer/producer Alexis Ffrench and London-based singer-songwriter Zak Abel, backed by the house orchestra, band and choir.

A stunning visual display will accompany the performance, with awe-inspiring images spanning the 15 million pixel, 52.5 x 6 metre screen at the top of the stage and projected onto the façade of Windsor Castle. Viewers will see the performance interspersed with footage of spectacular drone displays above the Eden Project in Cornwall and the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff.

The segment will end with a ‘Did You Know?’ video, which will reveal little known information about King Charles III’s relationship with the natural world.

The stage, which is 25m high, 35m wide and 35m deep, has been designed and built almost entirely of rental stock to make it as sustainable as possible. 85% of the lighting is LED and therefore energy saving.

The concert, produced by BBC Studios Productions, will be broadcast live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds from 8pm on Sunday 7th May.


Notes to editors:

BBC Studios is committed to minimising its environmental impact and becoming a greener company.

The Coronation Concert production team set sustainability goals and established a realistic and workable plan to ensure the production is as green as possible, initially by identifying and understanding the ways in which its work impacts the environment and then supporting alternative methods for a positive change.

They include:

• The crew using reusable drinking bottles and travel mugs.

• No single use plastic, only recycled or recyclable.

• Ensuring that water points are available throughout the site for people to refill their bottles.

• Providing crew catering that aims to be seasonal, fair trade, sourced from within the UK and with a reduced proportion of meat-based meals.

• Categorising and colour coding all crew and audience food to provide carbon emission data for each meal.

• Operating on a zero landfill policy. General, mixed waste recycling and food waste bins are available throughout the site.

• All wood waste can be taken to the waste compound and will be recycled and repurposed by a community wood recycling scheme.

• Traveling to Windsor to be done via public transport when possible. Carpooling is encouraged for crew that need to drive.

• 95% of production vehicles and buggies are electric or hybrid and are powered by HVO fuel or charged with battery powered electricity onsite.

Source BBC One

May 7, 2023 4:00am ET by BBC One  


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