On Saturday 16th June 2012, Russell was the special guest of the Hartlepool Male Voice Choir at their Summer Celebrity Concert in the Borough Hall.
The Hall was packed to capacity and, as well as songs from the choir, Russell performed numbers from ‘Anthems’ as well as some of his own best-loved songs. He opened his second set with a powerful Granada that left him breathless. He raised the tempo to a flag-waving finale of Jerusalem and Land Of Hope And Glory but the audience, of course, demanded “more” and he obliged with a wonderful Core ‘n Grato before leaving to a standing ovation.
Report from the Hartlepool Mail of the first concert in 2011 -
Published on Monday 28 November 2011 12:18
WORLD famous opera singer Russell Watson is to make a return performance in Hartlepool.
The tenor, known as The Voice, made his first visit to the town last year when he sang to 850 adoring fans with the Hartlepool Male Voice Choir.
Now the choir has announced that Russell is to make a repeat visit as the star of their summer celebrity concert next June.
Duncan Graham, chairman of Hartlepool Male Voice choir, said: “We’re delighted. He was very keen to come back. He said ‘any time you want me back I will come.’
“He is available so we booked him.
“Russell was on his comeback trail when he performed with us last year and he was fantastic then.
“I think he has got even better.”
Russell’s first concert at the Borough Hall on the Headland sold out in just 10 days, and the choir is expecting next year’s show to be just as popular.
Russell, who has sold millions of records worldwide sang alone and also with the choir.
The audience even joined in with patriotic favourites Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem.
Next year’s concert will take place on Saturday, June 16, again at the Borough Hall.
Tickets will go on sale to the public in February.
Mr Graham said the success of its recent celebrity concerts with Russell, Lesley Garrett and Aled Jones has boosted their ranks.
He said: “We are a big choir now. We used to have between 40 and 50, now we have got 75 active members.
“I think it is partly down to the status of the celebrities we have had.”
Before then, the choir is looking forward to its annual Christmas concert on Saturday, December 16.
The show, called Come Fly With Us This Christmas, is the choir’s 30th festive concert featuring seasonal music, audience participation and a grand raffle.
In April, 100 members of Hartlepool’s male and ladies choir will sing at The Sage in Gateshead in a Northern Choral Spectacular.
And next November, the male and ladies choir have been invited to perform at London’s Royal Albert Hall in a charity concert.
Tickets for the Christmas concert are £8 and £7 concessions available from choir secretary Mick Waller on (01429) 423063 or Duncan Graham on (01429) 296945.
27th January 2012
From the Hartlepool Mail “Singer Set To Sell Out“
from the printed “What’s Happening Hartlepool” 2012 free guide