A standing ovation greeted Sir Rod Stewart, Van Morrison and Paloma Faith as they led a star-studded line-up at a charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

Thousands of people flocked to the world famous venue in central London for the Raise the Roof fundraising concert on Wednesday night, hosted by the charity Prostate Cancer UK and musician Jools Holland, 64, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2014.

Holland, who performed on the piano alongside his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra throughout the show, accompanied all of the musician’s sets.

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Jools Holland performs at Raise the Roof. (AP/Suzan Moore)

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Jools Holland performs at Raise the Roof. (AP/Suzan Moore)

Olly Alexander, Celeste, Melanie C, Paul Weller, Ruby Turner and Chris Difford were among the performers, each performing one or two cover songs.

Celeste, wearing a dark purple dress, delivered a powerful performance like Come Rain or Come Shine by Ray Charles while Paloma Faith, wearing a long silver and gold dress, received acclaim during her rendition of Something’s Got A Hold by Etta James. On me.

Stand-up comedians Omid Djalili, Harry Hill, Stephen K Amos, Shaparak Khorsandi and Gina Yashere caused waves of laughter among the audience with jokes ranging from obsessions with their dogs to living with their 82-year-old father during the lockdown.

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Harry Hill performs at the event.  (AP/Suzan Moore)


Harry Hill performs at the event. (AP/Suzan Moore)

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Harry Hill performs at the event. (AP/Suzan Moore)

Meanwhile, Holland and Sir Rod, who donned silver suits, performed a new song from a swing album they were working on.

The Maggie May singer danced across the stage, singing the lyrics to the chorus of “Sunshine and Flowers.”

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Comedian Stephen K Amos performs at the event.  (AP/Suzan Moore)


Comedian Stephen K Amos performs at the event. (AP/Suzan Moore)

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Comedian Stephen K Amos performs at the event. (AP/Suzan Moore)

Sir Rod, who had previously battled the disease himself and had traveled from California for the event, told the audience: “It’s great to be here.

“You may or may not have had this dreaded disease. If it hadn’t been for my wonderful wife, my wonderful family and some great doctors, I wouldn’t be here tonight.

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Jools Holland performs with Paloma Faith.  (AP/Suzan Moore)


Jools Holland performs with Paloma Faith. (AP/Suzan Moore)

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Jools Holland performs with Paloma Faith. (AP/Suzan Moore)

The singer then joked about the outfit Van Morrison wore during his set, which included green aviator sunglasses and a baby blue suit with a matching trilby hat.

Sir Rod said: “Ladies and gentlemen, a special round of applause for the Van Morrison suit.”

“I always warm up singing Have I Told You Lately? but he’s in the next box so I didn’t. Well done Van.

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Van Morrison wore a baby blue suit and aviator sunglasses.  (AP/Suzan Moore)


Van Morrison wore a baby blue suit and aviator sunglasses. (AP/Suzan Moore)

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Van Morrison wore a baby blue suit and aviator sunglasses. (AP/Suzan Moore)

Sir Rod then said “What else do we have to say, Jools?” before adding: “I love you”.

Holland replied, “I love you too” before talking about how they met through their mutual love of model trains.

Holland repeatedly thanked the performers for their support during the show, saying, “I would like to thank all the artists who came from all over the world to be here tonight.”

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Celeste performs “Come Rain Or Come Shine”. (AP/Suzan Moore)

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Celeste performs “Come Rain Or Come Shine”. (AP/Suzan Moore)

He told the audience between acts, “I want to say a huge thank you for coming out tonight but I really want to thank all the artists.

“They came because they wanted to support this because they or their families were affected in some way or they came because they are my dear friends.”

Mel C also thanked the audience saying: “This is unfortunately something that affects so many of us and we are affected by these horrible things in our lives so we are here and you did a good thing tonight, so thank you for being here.”

She then asked Holland at the piano, “What do you think? Are we going to go back in time? Are we going to get a little spicy?”.

The audience roared as Mel C started singing the Spice Girls song Who Do You Think You Are?.

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Melanie C sang “Who Do You Think You Are”. (AP/Suzan Moore)

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Melanie C sang “Who Do You Think You Are”. (AP/Suzan Moore)

Olly Alexander also got the audience up from their seats and dancing while singing Stevie Wonder’s Sign, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours.

After he finished the song, he lifted a towel over his face, laughing, “I’m going to dab myself after that, sorry.”

Funds from Raise The Roof, which has also been organized by Prostate Cancer UK founder Professor Jonathan Waxman, will go to research to help find a better approach to prostate cancer testing and one that could be used to a UK-wide screening programme. , the charity previously said.

In March this year, Holland spoke to the PA news agency about his own diagnosis in 2014, revealing that he had been diagnosed following a routine blood test and at the time had no no symptoms.

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Olly Alexander performing at the Raise the Roof fundraiser hosted by Jools Holland at the Royal Albert Hall in London.  (AP/Suzan Moore)


Olly Alexander performing at the Raise the Roof fundraiser hosted by Jools Holland at the Royal Albert Hall in London. (AP/Suzan Moore)

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Olly Alexander performing at the Raise the Roof fundraiser hosted by Jools Holland at the Royal Albert Hall in London. (AP/Suzan Moore)

He added that it’s “really important for men to be aware of the facts of prostate cancer and understand their risk.”

Sir Rod also battled the disease and was given the green light in 2019 after being diagnosed two years earlier.

The singer, who has previously spoken out to encourage more at-risk men to talk to their GP, said before the gig: “I’m clear now just because I caught it early… guys, you really need to go to the doctor.”