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Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins to sing national anthem at the 2013 Grand National

A Grand engagement for Katherine Jenkins Photo: PA Pictures

Katherine Jenkins will perform the National Anthem prior to this year’s Grand National, it has been announced.

The classical superstar is set to take centre stage at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday April 6 before the runners and riders line up to compete in the day’s first race.

One of Britain’s most popular artists, the Welsh mezzo-soprano has achieved worldwide success with ten studio albums and her performances across a spectrum of operatic arias, popular songs, musical theatre and hymns.

Jenkins said: “The Grand National is a unique occasion, known across the world as an event full of glamour and excitement.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for me to launch a global sporting spectacle and perform in front of thousands of people, plus millions more internationally, and. It should be a really special atmosphere.”

John Baker, regional director for Jockey Club Racecourses, said: “Katherine is a world-class performer and the Grand National is a world-class event. We are thrilled that she will be with us to usher in Saturday’s racing, which crescendos with the world’s most famous horse race.”

It was revealed last month that chart topping girl group The Saturdays will perform at Grand Opening Day on Thursday April 4, alongside a host of other music and entertainment acts.

McFly have also confirmed an Aintree date for July this year, further adding to the venue’s reputation as a premier live entertainment destination.

More than 150,000 spectators are expected through the gates over the three days, and a global TV audience of 600 million is likely to watch the Grand National.