Copyright © The D-Day Darlings 2016
The delightful D-Day Darlings have packed up their troubles in their old kit bag and are marching around the United Kingdom performing their spectacular celebration of the wonderful music from the wartime era.
The trio were formed in 2006 while working on a stage production. After the realisation that the three stunning songbirds had a unique on-stage chemistry that could rival The Andrew Sisters, Katie Ashby - founder and producer of the group - decided to get The D-Day Darlings on the road. She comments, “We were brought up listening to the music of the 40’s so the likes of Vera Lynn, Judy Garland and The Andrew Sisters have always been such a huge inspiration in our music and career. Forming the group seemed to be a natural step for us to take.”
Rehearsals quickly began to perfect harmonies, hairdos and, of course, the perfect salute. The group started to take shape and it didn’t take long for The Darlings to secure their first engagement, and go on to make a lasting impression at other special events. The Darlings quickly went from strength to strength, with performances at the Festival of Remembrance, The Churchill War Rooms, The Imperial War Museum, RAF Waddington, The Guernsey Liberation Festival and many more . With that success came the news they had been waiting for, a note from the lady herself, Dame Vera Lynn, in which she expressed her full support for all The Darlings’ work.
In 2010, the Royal British Legion also gave The Darlings their backing, which transformed the group’s success overnight. Humbled by this incredible honour, The Darlings wanted to give something back and began to work closely with the British Legion to help raise awareness of their invaluable support to WW2 veterans and our heroes at war today. The Darlings raise funds at each performance and contribute a percentage of each album sold to the organisation also. The sum of their efforts so far total almost £28,000, an amount which continues to rise through 2016. Giles Coleman, RBL recently commented, ““Since 2010, The D-Day Darlings have been a valued partner of the Poppy Appeal, their ongoing support and fundraising activity enables the Royal British Legion to engage and assist ex-service men and women now, and for future generations.”
In 2010, The Darlings took the UK by storm with their smash hit musical production, ‘The Songs That Won The War’, performing at theatres nationwide. The show, set in 1939 at the outbreak of war, became one of the most successful theatre productions in its field, attracting thousands of enthusiastic theatregoers from all over the country.
Having since performed on the BBC, The D-Day Darlings continue performing all over the UK and Europe, and are proud to be able to keep the music and memories of the 1940s alive and into the hearts of the new generation.