Latest News : 2018

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24th September 2018

A nice review of Russell’s King George’s Hall concert by ‘Furneaux99’, an independent ‘blogger’ posting as ‘Granny Fox’ on the web page Fox On Film.  It’s nice to have confirmation of what we’ve been saying ourselves.

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20th September 2018

We’ve no date, yet, for the release of Friederike and Russell’s charity recording that they will showcase at ‘The Best Of The West End‘ at the Royal Albert Hall on 8th October.

It ‘may’ even be available then.

If not, though, then with the theme of reconciliation and the connection with the scarlet-clad Chelsea Pensioners, we’d imagine we’d be looking at a date between then and no later than Remembrance Sunday, 11th November.

Tickets 

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18th September 2018

TUNE IN LATER THIS EVENING …

Russell has Tweeted that he expects to be on BBC Radio 5 Live later this evening. We’ve no idea what’s afoot but he promises that he will be chatting to – and “surprising” – host Phil Williams with “something special”, so we’ll be tuning in.

BBC Radio 5 Live is generally available via the internet, even outside the UK.

– NOTE – …  If you haven’t used BBC iPlayer for a while you might possibly find that you need to enter a password (and you may need to register first). You might want to check that you can access the Listen Live feature BEFORE Russell comes on air and that’s expected to be 11.30 pm.

GUEST SOPRANO ON CANZONI d’AMORE PART 2

Emily Haig is to be Russell’s Special Guest for Part 2 of his Canzone d’Amore Tour that sets off in Blackburn this Friday.   Emily was superb as his guest at the recent summer concerts

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17th September 2018

Ahead of the second part of his Canzone d’Amore Tour starting in Blackburn on Friday, Russell posted a little video on Facebook of himself with Lauren Kosty and John Bailey jamming ‘The Sound Of Silence‘ at the foot of his stairs.

We love it!

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13th September 2018

LOVE  CHRISTMAS  2018 …

St. Paul’s Cathedral has been the venue for Age UK’s “Love Christmas” celebrity Christmas carol concerts for several years now, and Russell has been ‘top of the bill’ there before.

He looks set to be there again this coming December 11th, along with Laura Wright.

‘Early Bird’ tickets are available now

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11th September 2018

Russell and Robert’s (Russian?) re-union …  

Well, we suspect it may have been Russia from the tone of some of the remarks that were bandied about on Twitter after Robert posted that he was off to a ‘secret location’ with an old friend and invited folk to guess whom that might have been.  We could be miles out … or even thousands of miles out … on the location but, happily, it turned out to be Russell that Robert was with, though there’s been no further word on the reasons for their short trip from Heathrow.

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31st August 2018

Home video …

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27th August 2018

Russell was a guest presenter at the table of ITV’s  Loose Women a long with Andrea McLean, Stacey Solomon and fellow guest presenter Jake Quickenden.

The programme is no longer available on the ITV HUB but, for the moment, Stacey, Jake and Russell’s ending of the show with ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart‘ can be watched separately.

Capture - Loose Women 27 Aug 2018 _end song

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25th August 2018

Live at the Zoo

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24th August 2018

Just as he was about to go ‘live’ with his Facebook ‘Question and Answer’ session, ITV Tweeted that Russell would be on the ‘Loose Women & Men’ special on Monday 27th August.   The programme starts at 12.30 pm

Something to look forward to!

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24th August 2018

RUSSELL’S  LIVE  FACEBOOK  Q & A  SESSION

Russell’s first ‘live’ ‘Question and Answer’ session, with the assistance of Rebecca and a mobile phone, went extremely well and can be watched again on Russell’s Facebook Page or below …

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23rd August 2018′

Russell will be holding a live question-and-answer session on his Official Facebook Page tomorrow, Friday 24th August, from 1.00 pm

Make sure you’re logged in to his Official Facebook Page at
https://www.facebook.com/pg/RussellWatsonOfficial

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22nd August  2018

Listeners were treated to Russell chatting with Sally Naden on BBC Radio Lancashire this morning followed by a slightly shorter conversation with Aled Jones on BBC Radio Wales just after noon.  Both of these programme are available to ‘Listen Again’ for the next month.

Listen Again  to Russell with Sally from 50 minutes into the programme

Listen Again  to Russell and Aled from 1 hour 7 minutes 55 seconds into the programme

Later in the afternoon Russell took to Twitter …

Have you booked to see him yet?
She who hesitates is lost …

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20th August 2018

Peterborough’s Broadway Theatre recently closed its doors to the public and there has been a fortnight or so of uncertainty about its future, particularly performances that had been booked and paid for.

There was a post on the theatre’s Facebook Page dated 6th August that gave little information but appeared to hold some hope that a new owner might be found.

Russell’s own Facebook Page has, this morning, carried a Post that confirms the theatre’s closure and offers advice on obtaining refunds for his now cancelled show there on 29th November.

If you paid more than £100 in total for tickets using a credit card rather than cash or a debit card, the card company may be able to offer some reimbursement … worth asking.

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20th August 2018

The Times Daily Quiz for today asks, at Question 3, “Amore MusicaThat’s Life and La Voce are albums by which Yorkshire-born “People’s Tenor?”   They give the answer as Russell, of course, but for how long will this Yorkshire myth persist?

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2nd August 2018

According to her own web page,  Emily Haig  will be Russell’s Special Guest at the Big Top in Telford this Saturday, 4th August, and will also be joining him at Yorkshire Wildlife Park on 25th.

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29th July 2018

Russell’s forthcoming appearance on Series 2 of Jane McDonald And Friends, to be shown from 9pm on Friday 10th August, is now confirmed on the Radio Times web page.  Note this is a new, second appearance and not a repeat from Series 1.

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27th July 2018

Russell says on Facebook, ‘Tune into BBC WM 95.6FM after 5pm today when Russell will be chatting with Paul Franks‘  Here’s the link to BBC WM 95.6 FM.  Paul’s show is listed as starting at 4pm but we wouldn’t expect Russell before 5pm.

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27th July 2018

Some very interesting news filtered through late last night about Russell working with Friederike Krumb, a mezzo-soprano from Germany.  They had, apparently, spent the day with some of the Chelsea Pensioners recording for an EP (Extended Play) to be released, possibly as soon as next month, in support of the Pensioners’ ‘Scarlets Appeal‘ although it might be nearer to the armistice anniversary in November.

Capture - Friederike Crum _ recording an album with Russell

Friederike‘s own web page adds that she will be performing with Russell at the Royal Albert Hall in ‘The Best Of The West End‘ on 8th October.

Go to Getty Images to see some of yesterday’s pictures while we look forward to more in an official publication.

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6th July 2018

A whole galaxy of stars have turned out to help create a special recording of The Beatles’ song “With A Little Help From My Friends” in recognition of the 70th anniversary of the UK’s National Health Service. Russell, who has had his own well documented history of using the Service, reportedly lends his voice briefly to  the track; see if you can identify him …

Read the full report on the Mail Online.

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21st June 2018

Well, today is mid-summer’s day – “Happy Solstice!” – so it’s about time we started to learn of what Russell is going to be doing around Christmas-time.

What we hope will be the first of several Candlelit Christmas Carol Concerts around the country is announced by OEP Live; this is to be at the beautiful Lavenham Church in Suffolk on Thursday, 6th December 2018.

20th June 2018

According to the latest issue of TV Times, Russell is to be a guest once more of ITV’s “Loose Women” on their programme that will air on Thursday 28th June from 12.30 pm.

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2nd June 2018

Recently discovered and shared by a fellow fan, this audio recording gives a flavour of what we have missed by the cancellation, last year, of the musical production Heaven On Earth in which Russell’s recorded voice was to have been used as the Voice Of God.


29th May 2018

Last chance to bid for Russell’s ‘Dog House’, this week.  Bids close on Thursday!

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22nd May 2018

Russell is to make a Special Guest appearance at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday 8th October as part of the one-night show The Best Of The West End.

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Russell is featured in the June edition of Saga magazine, available now.
You can read the article on-line.  Printed copies £4 each.

He doesn’t usually dress like that when walking the hounds, does he?!

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2nd May 2018

A new date to see Russell ‘live’ is announced by Yorkshire Wildlife Park, near Doncaster. Russell is to be their ‘headline performer’ with a full evening concert at the end of the Park’s normal day on Saturday 25th August 2018.

Tickets include Park access from 10.00 am and the concert from 7.00 pm.

More at
yorkshirewildlifepark.com/events/safari-nights-2018/

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For those who particularly enjoy reading about Russell’s affection for his dogs, there is an article in the latest edition of  Dogs Monthly magazine.  We haven’t seen it yet and are waiting for our recently ordered copy to come in the post.

You can order single copies directly from the publisher or read it on-line (we prefer print!).

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29th March 2018

NOW AVAILABLE in Russell’s official on-line shop
the Canzone d’Amore Souvenir Programme (Tour Brochure)

Lots of lovely Russell-pictures and tour information.

Featuring guest artist Laura Wright, MD Simon Chalk, Lauren Kosty, John Baily and guest choirs. 

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23rd March 2018

The printed edition of the Daily Express recently carried a feature called “Six Things You Never Knew About Russell Watson” and it can now be read, in full, free of charge, via PressReader

How many did you know?

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22nd March 2018

Russell had a great time chatting at some length with Eleri Sion this afternoon on BBC Radio Wales and you can now ‘Listen Again‘ from 2 hours 24 minutes.

Lovely to hear ‘Someone To Remember Me‘ played in full.

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18th March 2018

Photographer Paul W Dixon was at at Buxton Opera House to take a good number of pictures that are currently with Russell for review and, it’s to be hoped, used in the future but several have been released already …

Thanks, Paul … lovely pictures.

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13th March 2018

Russell announces an extensive ‘extension’ of the Canzone d’Amore Tour …

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The latest (printed) issue of TV Times shows that Russell is to be one of Jane McDonald‘s friends appearing on her show on Friday 23rd March but there’s no confirmation of that on her website just yet.   Sky TV’s own accessible TV guide also shows Russell as being one of the special guests on that date.   The programme airs from 9.00 pm.

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3rd March 2018

TWO radio broadcasts this morning … first, on  talkRADIO’s ‘Saturday Breakfast with Penny Smith‘ for a brief conversation and then on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Saturday Live‘ that featured Russell’s brief but fascinating auto-biography to the background music of his two ‘Inheritance Tracks’, Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana and Joe Cocker’s You Are So Beautiful.

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2nd March 2018

“Ingeritance Tracks” is a feature of BBC Radio 4’s programme Saturday Live and All About Promotions have posted to Twitter that Russell will be featured in tomorrow morning’s edition from 10 am, though that show’s web page doesn’t reflect this yet … it’s always ‘late’ being updated.

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27th February 2018

On Twitter and Facebook, Russell announces that he will be supporting ‘The Brain Tumour Charity‘ by allowing donations to be collected at many of the remaining concerts during his Canzoni d’Amore Tour.

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Catch Russell on BBC Radio Kent with Dominic King … programme starts at 4.00 pm this afternoon.  You can catch up now that the show has finished.  He’s on from around 15 minutes in.

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26th February 2018

Photographer Loz Taylor, who recently spent time with Russell and Louise at their home, posts to Twitter …

A great photo of them with ‘Obi’.

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23rd and 24th February 2018

The Canzone d’Amore Tour starts with brilliant shows in Crewe and Southport.

To avoid ‘spoilers’ we’ve purposely not posted a review on this web site but you can read our report in a Note on our Facebook Page, if you want to, by clicking here.

We’ll simply confirm that there were outstanding performances from Russell and all his entourage that you’ll kick yourselves for missing if you don’t take the opportunity to see one of these shows.

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20th February 2018

GM BEE BALL CHARITY PERFORMANCE …

Russell has kindly agreed to support the charity GM BEE by appearing at their very special fund-raising event on Friday 23rd March 2018 at the Emirates, Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Talbot Road, Stretford, Manchester M16 0PX.

This event is to raise funds in support of those affected by the improvised bomb attack at the Manchester Arena in May last year.

For more information, please visit the GM BEE web page.

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Russell appears to have enjoyed watching a little video of his own performance, back in 2014, of the lovely “To Break The Ice“.  He sang this at the Warner Leisure ‘Star Break’ Weekend at their Sinah Warren hotel on Hayling Island, Hampshire, accompanied by the brilliant Robert D C Emery.  The following video is a ‘joint effort’ from our own recording and that of fellow guests  “Russellers Downunder” who superbly edited the clips for YouTube.

Russell is due to perform three more of the Star Break concerts later this year …

Sinah Warren Hotel, Hayling Island  …  Saturday 18th August
Cricket St. Thomas Hotel, Somerset  …   Saturday 29th September
Bodelwtddan Castle, North Wales    …     Saturday 10th November

Details can be found on the Warner Leisure Hotels web page.

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18th February 2018

On getting up this morning to listen to BBC Radio 2’s “Good Morning Sunday” we discovered that their web page had been changed and Russell’s name removed.  He wasn’t on and  no explanation was offered.  We just hope that all is well with him and his and that he’ll be on at some future date.

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17th February 2018

Russell wasn’t on this morning’s ‘Saturday Live’ but more than a few folk blindly followed Twitter to report that he was.   What can you do?   The web page for the programme seems to be updated late in the week so it will bear watching.

We do expect tomorrow’s “Good Morning Sunday” to have some input from Russell, though, as that has been advertised openly for the past week on their web page.

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16th February 2018

Well, as expected, Russell wasn’t on right at the start of today’s ‘Good Morning Britain’ and, from what we could see, almost wasn’t on at all.  A very, very brief appearance in the last couple of minutes that dwelt on his past illness rather than the future was all that we saw.  Disappointing but, still, nice to see him on television at all.

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Russell was at the BBC Radio 4 studio today to record for an upcoming episode of “Saturday Live”.  Several venues have gone on Twitter to say that he will be on tomorrow’s programme (from 9 am 17th February)) but we have no firm confirmation of that at this stage and we await further information.  The promotions company have indicated that they will  update on “when you can listen to his interview” (see Tweet below) but they haven’t so far.

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15th February 2018

Russell Tweets and posts to his Facebook account that he will be on ITVs “Good Morning Britain” tomorrow.  The programme starts at 6.00 am and ends at 8.30 am with opportunities to catch up afterwards..  No time given for Russell being on but we wouldn’t expect it to be right at the start …

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14th February 2018

Two separate venues where Russell is to appear later this year have each posted to Twitter to advertise his forthcoming appearance and have added suggestions that he is to be on the radio and TV later this week.  Russell himself hasn’t mentioned any of these but has clicked to “Like” the Twitter posts.

It will certainly be worth keeping an eye (and an ear) on these programmes … or perhaps we’ll find some further confirmation as the week progresses.

Friday 16th  :  ITV1 … Good Morning Britain

Saturday 17th  :  BBC Radio 4 … Saturday Live

Sunday 18th  :  BBC Radio 2 … Good Morning Sunday
This last one does mention Russell as joining the programme.

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12th February 2018

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11th February 2018

Russell is expected to be on next week’s “Good Morning Sunday“…

Programmes usually remain available on the BBC’s ‘Listen Again’ for 30 days after first broadcast so we hope there will be plenty of opportunities to catch up if we miss it on Sunday.

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A Tweet from Bedworth Civic Hall dated 9th February but only found late this afternoon advertises Russell’s forthcoming appearance there and adds not only the Radio 2 programme above by way of attraction but mentions two more programmes that it says will feature Russell. …

We await confirmation.

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9th February 2018

Professional photographer Loz Taylor recently pictured Russell at home and we hope that this brief post on Twitter heralds more to come …

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8th February 2018

Russell’s official Facebook Page confirms Laura Wright is to be his special guest on the Canzoni d’Amore Tour, except at Salisbury and Plymouth.

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Poetry and Passion

There is to be a new CD titled “Poetry and Passion” released tomorrow, Friday 9th February, on Sepia Records of re-mastered Mario Lanza recordings and it appears that Russell and Lesley Garrett have each contributed to the ‘sleeve notes’, if we read Lindsay Perigo‘s comments correctly on Scoop’s ‘Music of the Gods‘.

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6th February 2018

Ahead of tonight’s Sold Out concert in Limerick, Russell was a guest on RTE One’s “Today With Maura and Daithi” and you can see their conversation towards the end of the programme, starting at an hour and 14 minutes in.

Click here  to go to the RTE Player

Russell’s last concert in Ireland is at the National Opera House in Wexford on Friday .

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On Twitter this afternoon, Laura Wright is shown as being Russell’s ‘Special Guest’ at Darlington Hippodrome on 4th April.  We hope that this foretells official news of Laura being Russell’s guest throughout the Canzoni d’Amore Tour.

# Confirmed by Russell on Thursday 8th February.

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5th February 2018

Sharing this ‘blast from the past’ just found on YouTube 

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3rd February 2018

Through the Keyhole …

Russell’s home in Cheshire was featured in ITV’s ‘Through the Keyhole‘ and, once it was identified, he made a brief appearance to chat with host ‘Keith Lemon’ and sing a few lines of  ‘Vindaloo‘.

The programme remains available on the ITV HUB for 30 days after broadcast

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15th January 2018

Do you have a question you’d like to ask Russell?

Pose your question(s) to Russell on Facebook or Twitter and he’ll answer up to ten of them in the ‘Canzoni D’Amore’ Tour Brochure.

Closing date to ask your question(s) is this Friday, 19th January!

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3rd January 2018

Russell talks with Henry James for Southport’s newspaper the Champion News and says he’s very much looking forward to his show there on Saturday 24th February.  Russell tells of spending time in the resort as a child … well, didn’t we all?  Have you got your ticket yet?

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1st January 2018

Russell sends everyone his very best wishes for the New Year, first via his Twitter account and then on Facebook.

Earlier, Russell had Tweeted his most favourable impression of 2017 … well done YSDB Theatre Academy.

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