On Sunday 5th May, Decca Records partners with London’s prestigious V&A for a day of family fun, music and history to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the UK’s longest living record label – as part of the V&A Performance Festival.

The event, which is open to the public, will be spread over five rooms, seeing part of the V&A transformed into a celebration of the historic label, featuring a host of acts, with children’s music-focused workshops and much more.

Decca is also thrilled to present live performances from two of the label’s finest names – cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who performed at the Royal Wedding, and rising singer-songwriter Rhys Lewis, with other appearances to be announced.

There’s also music history and artefacts, rare memorabilia, a room dedicated to Decca’s greatest tenor Luciano Pavarotti (in the run up to Ron Howard’s feature-length documentary), a Dansette Disco of 45RPM singles released by Decca and an opportunity for the younger ones to make a musical instrument or design an album sleeve. There will also be a chance at various times throughout the day to see newly restored David Bowie video footage from the 1960s.

Admission is free, but some events may be ticketed on the day. Full programme to be announced – for more info, visit

This year sees one of the most iconic record labels in the world, Decca Records, turn 90 years old. Since its formation on 28 February 1929, Decca has burgeoned from a prosperous British company to a fully-fledged international powerhouse – quickly earning the title as ‘The Supreme Record Company’ – a statement that resonates stronger than ever today.

Decca has been the home to countless legendary musicians from Luciano Pavarotti to David Bowie, Dame Vera Lynn to Bing Crosby, Tom Jones to Billie Holiday, The Rolling Stones to Mantovani and is now providing the platform for a new generation of ambitious artists at the forefront of their scenes – names such as Andrea Bocelli, Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Gregory Porter, who continue to represent the label’s cultural legacy.

Throughout 2019, Decca will be celebrating its nine decades of excellence, marking the occasion with: The Supreme Record Company: The Story Of Decca Records 1929-2019 book, a brand new Ron Howard-directed Pavarotti feature film, activities at Decca’s infamous lost recording studio in West Hampstead, a unique series of concerts in London, Berlin and Paris, 90 reissues and releases, podcasts, radio shows and much more.

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