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Melua joins Titanic commemoration

Singers Katie Melua and Lisa Hannigan have been added to the line-up for the Titanic music and film commemoration in Belfast.

Mica Paris and Maverick Sabre also join artists including Bryan Ferry and Joss Stone for the show on April 14.

Titanic: A Commemoration in Music and Film will be broadcast live on BBC Two from the city's Waterfront Hall on the centenary of the sinking of the famous liner.

The films tell the story of the RMS Titanic, those who made her and those who sailed and worked on her, including band members who carried on playing while the ship sank.

Melua said: "Belfast will always have a special place in my heart so it is an honour to return to the birthplace of the Titanic, a city I once called home, for this special commemoration. I am really looking forward to performing at what I am sure will be a very memorable and moving event."

Jamie Cullum, who talks about the importance of music onboard the Titanic in the programme, said the vessel reflected the social history of the time, with separated classes for passengers, and music gave an insight into that era.

"The musicians in particular still touch people today because they were normal people who acted in an extraordinary way when they played the instruments they loved, to calm the passengers and no doubt themselves," he said.

The documentary also features contributions from Belfast-born actor and film director Kenneth Branagh, Imelda Staunton and Simon Callow, who will be reading accounts written at the time of the disaster.

The commemorative event also features readings by Northern Ireland actors Bronagh Gallagher, Merlin's Colin Morgan, Ian McElhinney and British actress and writer Alexis Zegerman.

Gallagher said: "I am looking forward to being part of this unique event, to honour all the men and women who built such an incredible ship on our home soil, to pay the utmost respect to the people who lost their lives in such a terrible tragedy and to honour the survivors."

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