Latest News : 2017

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13th June 2017

Here’s hoping that Jim Brickman’s Christmas Special with Russell and Anne Cochran might be available outside the United States …

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8th June 2017

Russell asks, “Would you like to feature in The Russell Watson Serenade Programme 2017?  Send a picture of you with Russell to:  fan@lavocetouring.com.  If your picture is selected for inclusion, you will receive a free signed copy of the programme.  Closing date for entries is 22nd June.

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Tickets for “Heaven On Earth” at the First Direct Arena, Leeds have gone on sale today …

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7th June 2017

Ahead of his appearance at Tonbridge Castle on 9th July Russell talks to Eileen Leahy of So Magazines and reveals some forward planning that includes trips to New Zealand and Dubai as well as a duet with none other than Olivia Newton John …

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6th June 2017

Holding steady this week at #24 in the All Access chart, Russell’s ‘Now And Forever’ has had more airplays than last week but hasn’t moved position.

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5th June 2017

New dates announced for Jersey and Ireland …

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3rd June 2017

Jim Brickman posts a fun video that was probably filmed on Tuesday (30th May) …

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1st June 2017

Something to look forward to …

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28th May 2017

Russell sang a particularly moving “You Raise Me Up” at the National Memorial Day Concert in Washington DC on Sunday evening.

Russell is pictured at the dress rehearsal

For the moment, the concert is still available to watch, in full, either directly on the PBS YouTube channel or via their web site.

Russell is introduced just after the 26 minute mark (00:26:35) …

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27th May 2017

Russell is in Washington DC preparing for the National Memorial Day concert on Sunday evening …

He’s been meeting folks …  Bishop Cosplay  …  Ronan Tynan 

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More great pictures from Getty Images 

NB : The Getty Images page is frequently updated so keep checking for new pictures

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24th May 2017

Russell talks at length on Talk Radio Europe about his career and health, and mentions briefly plans for the rest of this year that include Ireland, London around Christmas-time and a UK Tour in 2018.   Listen from 30 minutes in.

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16th May 2017   (1.45 pm)

More new dates for September are appearing now (even as we type) on Russell’s official website.

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16th May 2017

Tickets are now on sale for Russell’s appearance at the  Lancaster Grand Theatre  on Thursday 21st September.  It’s a fairly small venue so, to try to ensure a measure of fairness, seats on one side of the theatre are only available  online  while those on the other side are only available by telephone  –  01524 845230.

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10th May 2017

A “big thing” was made on Twitter and Facebook of Russell performing at Lincoln Drill Hall on Sunday 17th September 2017.  Both items were deleted after a few hours but Russell’s proposed appearance is still shown on one of their website’s ‘events‘ pages, so it’s possible that their announcement was just a little premature, pending formal contracts. One to watch if you’re from that neck of the woods.

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9th May 2017

A new, quite exclusive date is posted via Twitter for Russell to entertain diners at the Opera Grill restaurant in Chester on Thursday 18th May.  It appeared to have been fully booked prior to being posted or very, very quickly thereafter.

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6th May 2017

The concert at Glasgow is cancelled shortly before it was due to start because of a fire in the building.  No reports of any injuries.  Russell and Team Watson evacuated safely.

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2nd May 2017

Russell’s latest single, the gorgeous ‘Now And Forever’, has gone into the US Charts (based on radio airplays) this week and flown straight up to #32.

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28th April 2017

ITV’s regional news, Granada Reports, featured a report this evening about the new musical production of  ‘Heaven On Earth’, in which Russell can be heard as the voice of God (but not seen) and he talks at some length to Entertainment Correspondent, Caroline Whitmore

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27th April 2017

Russell is honoured to have been invited, once again, to perform at the United States’ National Memorial Day, to be held this year on Sunday 28th May from 8.00 pm on the West Lawn of the US Capitol.

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26th April 2017

Good to see …

Well done, Russell.

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25th April 2017

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24th April 2017

Russell made an appearance today at London’s Rosewood Hotel in support of Good Morning Britain‘s Health Star Awards that we hope might be televised tomorrow, or over the next day or so, on that ITV early morning programme.

Read more about it (with another picture of Russell) here.

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Teddy Jamieson’s article for “The Herald” can now be viewed, free of charge, online either on that newspaper’s own site, here, or via the ‘PressReader’ website, here.

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22nd April 2017

Russell is on the cover of the ‘Magazine’ supplement to Scotland’s “The Herald” newspaper today and featured over pages 6 – 11, telling Teddy Jamieson of his early life and career, and how the two brain tumours he suffered have led to positive changes.

The Herald is available to buy online as a digital edition …

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17th April 2017

It looks to have been a short trip Stateside, this time, as Russell appears to have been home for Easter.  Happy Easter to all …

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14th April 2017

Russell recently returned to New York, as did Gregory Darling, suggesting more work in preparation for his appearances next month.  Last night he Tweeted …

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9th April 2017

Russell announces another  new UK appearance, this time at Tombridge Castle, Kent on Sunday 9th July 2017 as a guest star for Great British Proms.

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7th April 2017

Russell announces a new UK appearance at Bolesworth Castle, Cheshire on Saturday 2nd September 2017 as a guest star for Great British Proms.

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30th March 2017

Russell was pleased to support the Dame Vera Lynn 100 celebratory concert at the London Palladium a couple of weeks ago, in the presence of HM The Queen, to honour Dame Vera just ahead of her 100th birthday. All the proceeds from that event are going to Dame Vera’s own children’s charity for youngsters with cerebral palsy.   There are some programmes and posters left over from the night and these are now being sold by the show’s producers, again with all proceeds going to the charity.


 

Either can be bought directly from the producers by sending them a Message via the event’s Facebook Page.

Alternatively, it’s possible to buy copies of the programme via ebay.

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24th March 2017

Just for information, for those of you who subscribe to MUTV, Manchester United FC’s own TV channel via Sky or Virgin Media, Russell is shown as featuring on their “Celebrity Reds” programme on Thursday 20th April.

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23rd March 2017

Nonstop Promotions’ behind-the-scenes feature, filmed at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, is posted on the “This Morning” website.  It’s only available within the UK and you’ll need to have the latest update to Adobe Flash Player.

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17th March 2017

Russell’s own tribute to Dame Vera Lynn, just ahead of her 100th birthday on Monday, is a video on his YouTube Channel. Love it …


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10th March 2017

Russell doesn’t linger too long in the chill of the Windy City and heads for New York but it’s no warmer there  …

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9th March 2017

Supported once again by Gregory Darling, Russell presents a showcase in the Sprite Lounge of Chicago radio station 93.9 MY FM.  Thanks to Robin Rock for the brief video clip and to the station for the pictures via Twitter

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7th March 2017

It looks like Russell is making new friends in the United States …

Atlanta, Georgia, is the home of Cumulus Media … owner of the largest radio station network in the United States!

And then he’s off, swapping the rain of Atlanta for the ‘windy city’ of Chicago …

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3rd March 2017

Back in January, Russell was a guest of Spencer Leigh on BBC Radio Merseyside’s “On The Beat” programme, on the day that The King of Rock ‘n Roll, Elvis Presley, would have been 82 years old and discussed whether or not Elvis ever sang out of tune.  The short answer appeared to be no, but sometimes the instruments were!   Spencer is a prolific author of titles on the music of decades past and his latest book, ‘Elvis Presley : Caught In A Trap’ is due for release in August to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ passing.   Russell has written the foreword to the book which promises to be a revealing insight into Elvis’ career.

Available from  Amazon.com  as well as  Amazon.co.uk.

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2nd March 2017

Fan photos wanted!   Russell invites fans to email him photos of themselves with him for possible use in the next UK Tour’s Souvenir Programme.

If the picture is used, there’ll be a free, signed copy of the programme for the fan!   Send him your photo by email to  fan@lavocetouring.com

Closing date is Friday 10th March 2017.

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25th February 2017

Russell and Louise are pictured in the “Escape Lounge” at Manchester Airport’s international terminal and, later, Louise and Hayley post photos to Twitter of Camogli, on the Italian Riviera, slightly east of Genoa, where they are allegedly engaged in ‘business meetings’ …

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23rd February  2017

Being Thursday provides an opportunity for Russell to post a “Throwback Thursday” Interview, from March last year in the Sunday Post, of his10 Most Memorable Moments

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22nd February 2017

Russell wishes the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity a happy 10th birthday via a Twitter video.  Their fund-raising campaign is a Tenner For Our Tenth.

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21st February 2017

Russell announces four concerts to be staged in June in Canada and the United States :

Sunday 4th June  :  Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Toronto
Wednesday 7th June  :  Town Hall, New York
Saturday 10th June  :  Oriental Theatre, Chicago
Wednesday 14th June  :  The Theatre at ACE Hotel, Los Angeles

More information on Russell’s website and our Forthcoming Appearances page.

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18th February 2017

Raymond Gubbay’s presentation of Russell with a full orchestra – the Manchester Concert Orchestra – at Bridgewater Hall is a great success.

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Simon Chalk conducted and there was support from Altrincham Choral Society along with guitarist John Bailey, percussionist Lauren Kosty and guest singer Laura Wright, with Musical Director Ed Rugman giving his full attention to the piano and organ.   A super evening altogether.
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15th February 2017

Russell Tweets, “Here in DC for tonight’s ‘Celebration of the U.S. Capitol Concerts’ founded by Mr Jerry Colbert. RIP my friend x” …

Jerry Colbert was founder and executive producer of PBS’ National Memorial Day Concert and A Capitol Fourth, the award-winning programmes broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S Capitol.  Mr Colbert passed away early in January.  Russell had been a special guest artist at both events in the past.

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14th February 2017

Russell was a guest of ITV’s Loose Women on their St. Valentine’s Day show and, after playing postman to  deliver the ladies’ Valentine cards, he later serenaded them with a fabulous a cappella  ‘Torna A Surriento.’

The Sun newspaper has posted a clip of that brilliant impromptu performance in an article, here.

Watch the full programme on the ITV Hub (UK only for the next 7 days) as Russell delivers the ladies’ cards and returns after the first advertisement break for a chat about his health, his latest album and an ever-so-brief mention of flying off to Washington this afternoon for “a memorial.

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13th February 2017

Russell is due to appear on ITV’s “Loose Women” tomorrow, Tuesday 14th February, in the Valentine’s Day edition that airs from 12.30pm

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19th January 2017

Russell put in an appearance on subscription-only MUTV (Manchester United Football Club’s own TV channel) with David May and Helen Evans, hosts of Thursday Focus …

The first order of business was to catch up on what Russell had been doing since his last appearance on Thursday Focus some two years ago followed by analysing and commenting on United’s most recent match (against the other famous ‘red’ team, old rivals Liverpool). He took a turn at the darts game they call the “Red Arrows Challenge”, the objective being to hit as many of the red parts of the board as possible in one minute … not at all easy when the hosts are still firing questions!

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The 19 in the picture is a countdown clock, not his score, but even with a score of 2 Russell still managed to join the leader-board in joint 2nd place.

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16th January 2017

Russell is a leading contributor to a forthcoming documentary DVD about the life and legacy of Mario Lanza …

Due for release in late March, this Region 0 (region free) DVD is available to pre-order now from Amazon or Classic Films Direct.

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16th January 2017

While the subject matter dates back to July 2015 and the video was posted some months ago, this documentary on the production of the “Caracalla For UNICEF” concert has only just been ‘discovered’ by our antipodean Russellers.  If you recall, the concert in Rome was promoted ostensibly as a fund-raiser for UNICEF’s work with children in Nepal where there had been a devastating earthquake.

Narrated by Carly Paoli who hosted the concert, there are clips of each of the international stars throughout the video with several of Russell (and a brief one of Ed) both on and off stage.  A very well put together mini-documentary but a DVD of the concert would be better.

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13th January 2017

Russell will debut at Potters Resort, Norfolk, on Sunday 21st May and the January edition of their ‘Life On Resort’ newspaper features Russell throughout …

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9th January 2017

But there has to be time for rest and relaxation, so it’s off to the hills and glens and lochs …

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4th January 2017

A sneak peek at the US Radio Airplays Chart shows that while Russell’s Do You Hear What I Hear has dropped out of the chart after Christmas, Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough has dramatically bounced back into the Top 40, up from #88 to #39 in just this past week.  What a great start to the year!

Meanwhile, Russell keeps the household awake …

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