The nation’s favourite tenor Alfie Boe will swap Broadway for The FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday
The 41-year-old from Fleetwood, best known for playing Jean Valjean in the musical Les Miserables, will sing Abide With Me and the national anthem in front of a packed crowd under the arch.
Arsenal v Aston Villa
The FA Cup Final
Wembley Stadium connected by EE
5.30pm, Saturday 30 May
Live on BBC One and BT Sport
For Abide With Me, Boe will lead the BBC Songs of Praise FA Cup Fans Choir – made up of 64 supporters – accompanied by The Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas.
He said: “I can't wait to perform at the FA Cup Final. I'm proud to be a part of such a historic final, at such a historic venue, plus getting to represent our great nation with our national anthem and Abide With Me.
“I know the atmosphere will be electric and I know that the excitement of the game transfers to each household and venue around the world.”
The youngest of nine children, Boe added: “As a kid we would wear our own personal team colours, even if they weren't playing and tune in for the Cup Final and celebrate the teams that made it through such a difficult tournament.
“The FA Cup Final seems to bring everyone together to unite the magic and glory of our national game – I’m thrilled to be a part of it, plus for the first time in my life, I get a Cup Final ticket!”