CARLY Paoli, the British/Italian soprano, who has been described as having the ‘voice of an angel’, is to perform a special concert from Liverpool's 'Bombed Out' St Luke's Church next weekend.

She has responded to requests from Second World War veterans around the globe, who have asked if she can sing for them on D-Day.

Due to travel restrictions the veterans will not be able to commemorate the 76th anniversary with their usual visit to Normandy this year.

However, Miss Paoli will be keeping their spirits up with a special ‘Because of You’ D-Day concert that will be broadcast on her social media channels on Saturday June 6 at 7pm.

The WW2 veterans got in touch with Miss Paoli following her recent online VE Day 75th Anniversary singalong.

Carly, who was thrilled to receive such a positive response, decided to put on a special concert for them and her legions of fans, which will be filmed at Liverpool’s St Luke's Church, partially destroyed in the Liverpool Blitz of May 1941.

The concert will run for 40 minutes and will include You Raise Me Up, a song written by Rolf Løvland and Brendan Graham and made famous by Josh Groban; Someone To Watch Over Me, George and Ira Gershwin’s poignant American Songbook classic; One Bright Star written especially for Carly and a song that carries a fervent message of hope; Rodgers and Hart’s Where or When; Because of You, written by Donnie Demers, which Carly performed in Los Angeles as a tribute to photo journalist Anja Niedringhaus who was killed in Afghanistan; Over The Rainbow, a song indelibly associated with Judy Garland, and Requiem for a Dead Soldier with words set to the theme tune from HBO’s Band of Brothers, a song particularly requested by some of the veterans who watched Carly’s VE Day concert.

Among them was James ‘Pee Wee’ Martin of the 101st Airborne Division, who landed on the Normandy Beaches.

Among the World War 2 Veterans who approached Carly to do this are Richard (Dickie) Forrester, of the Kings Royal Rifle Corps, and Robert Larnach of the Royal Artillery.

Both men, who are now in their 90s, took part in Operation Overlord in Normandy.

Mr Larnach said: “I first heard Carly sing during the ‘lockdown’ and thought her VE Day concert was exceptional.

"It is great that the younger generation are showing an interest in what happened so many years ago. Let’s never forget.”

Mr Forrester said: “Carly is such a beautiful girl with a lovely voice, and it is so wonderful of her to think of us veterans at this time.”