Live at Chelsea 2018 highlights

18th June 2018

The Royal Hospital Chelsea was delighted to welcome back the ever popular concert series – Live At Chelsea – for another year of top quality music and entertainment, spread over four nights in the beautiful surroundings of Figure Court and the South Grounds. As always, the Chelsea Pensioners enjoyed opening their doors to members of the public, interacting with fans and artists throughout the event. Headline acts this year included The Kaiser Chiefs, Jeff Beck and James Blunt, as well as a musical celebration of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s work as part of his ongoing 70th birthday celebrations.

The Chelsea Pensioners meet Alfie Boe

The Chelsea Pensioners meet The Kaiser Chiefs

Chelsea Pensioners Paul and John had a wonderful time backstage across all four nights, with Paul also charged with the nerve-racking task of introducing the main acts each evening.

Chelsea Pensioner Paul Introduces Live at Chelsea acts

The concert series ended with a bang as a spectacular fireworks finale lit up the night sky to cheers from the audience.

Live at Chelsea Firework Finale 2018

The Chelsea Pensioners would like to thank all the artists and guests for their kindness and support throughout Live at Chelsea and look forward to welcoming you back next year!

Live at Chelsea 2018 comes to an end.

 

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Recent research backs up the anecdote that Chelsea Pensioners not only live considerably longer than their peers outside (by over five years, on average), but that their lifetimes once they come to the Royal Hospital are extending, year on year. This strongly suggests that the care and community here contribute to greater longevity – as well as improving quality of life. 

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