Latest News : 2019

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13th September 2019

BACK  IN  HARMONY”   …   RUSSELL & ALED’s NEW ALBUM

Russell and Aled Jones are to release a follow-up album to their hugely successful initial collaboration, “In Harmony.”

Back In Harmony” should be available in the shops from Friday 1st November but it can be pre-ordered now.  If you want a signed copy (or two … or more) you can buy direct from their own online store.

Capture - Back In Harmony cover

1. Funiculi, Funicula
2. Nella Fantasia
3. Shenandoah
4. Lucky, Lucky, Lucky Me
5. The Impossible Dream
6. Ave Maria
7. Night And Day
8. Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace
9. In Flanders Field (Prelude from The 49th Parallel)
10. The Loveliest Night of The Year
11. The Lord Is My Shepherd
12. The Lord Bless You and Keep You
13. Christmas Medley
14. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Watch a clip of  “Lucky, Lucky, Lucky Me” …

Listen to the whole song  (audio only).

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28th August 2019

THE WIGHT PROMS

Recording for part of the upcoming BBC Songs Of Praise – The Nation’s Favourite Hymn -and a further programme to follow later in the year recently took place at the Wight Proms on the Isle of Wight.

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10th August 2019

SEVERAL NEW DATES …

Recently make public …

11th September 2019
Recording for BBC Songs Of Praise – The Nation’s Favourite Hymn

29th September 2019
Likely date for broadcast of BBC Songs Of Praise – The Nation’s Favourite Hymn

12th October 2019
Special appearance with Aled Jones at Tweedmill Shopping Outlet, Saint Asaph.

25th October 2019
An Evening with Russell Watson at Winchester Cathedral

Please see the “Appearances” page for more information and links to buy tickets.

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4th July 2019

CHRISTMAS CONCERT IN MANCHESTER …

Russell has let it be known today that he’ll be at Manchester’s lovely Bridgewater Hall this year on Sunday 8th December from 3pm in what appears to be a reprise of his outstanding Christmas Carols Concert. Many familiar carols are promised plus lots more!

Tickets are to go on general sale tomorrow, Friday 5th July from 10.00am but TicketMaster appear to have some available already although these may not be the full choice of seats that might be available tomorrow.   (We aren’t sure how they do these things, to be honest).

If you are interested, you might care to look at
https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/christmas…/…/1F0056E3F2A6CB49
before tickets go on open general sale tomorrow.

From 10.00am Friday tickets should be available direct from the Bridgewater Hall Box Office
https://www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk/whats-on/russell-watson-081219/
Telephone  :  0161 907 9000

Great to see that Russell will be supported by the ever effervescent Robert D C Emery conducting the Manchester Concert Orchestra.  Also shown as supporting the event are Manchester Chorale and Kinder Children’s Choir.  It should be a great afternoon

There has been no indication yet that there may be another concert in Birmingham as there was last year but we shall hope for that possibility and keep an eye open for any further announcements.

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29th June 2019

ELATION & DISAPPOINTMENT …

Closely following Russell’s huge success at Batalha comes news that his proposed appearance at Wisconsin’s ‘Music By The Lake’ finale on 10th August is not to take place and another artist’s name has replaced Russell’s in their schedule.  Those who had booked to see Russell have been given rather terse notice of the change and no proper reason for it.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Russell Watson will not be able to perform at Music by the Lake with the Chicago Philharmonic on Saturday, August 10.”

We trust that all’s well with Russell himself and that this change is purely administrative.

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27th June 2019

While the commentary is in Portuguese, Russell’s singing and remarks in the interview towards the end of this video are in English.

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13th June 2019

BATALHA CONCERT CONFIRMED …

We’ve mentioned this previously … a free concert at Batalha, Portugal and are glad to see it being confirmed as the date draws nearer .

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28th May 2019

RUSSELL ON THE RADIO …

Russell is expected to be on BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire at some point during Brody Swain’s afternoon programme tomorrow (Wednesday 29th May) from 2.00 pm

BBC radio programmes are usually available worldwide.

Tune in, set your recorders, or catch up for up to a month afterwards on their ‘Listen Again’.

Click here :
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0786jz8

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JUST NOTIFIED …

Russell has just Tweeted and posted to his Facebook Page that he had been invited to sing (he didn’t say what) ahead of the start of this afternoon’s Manchester United game at Old Trafford.

Kick-off is scheduled for 3.00 pm.

According to our TV Guide, live coverage starts on Sky Sports from 2.00 pm so perhaps Russell may get some air-time!

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6th May 2019

BBC SONGS OF PRAISE …

It seems a long time since this year’s Young Choir Of The Year contests were held and recorded in Bolton and we were beginning to wonder if there had been some unreported major disaster but all seems well and it’s expected that they will be shown over three Sundays starting on 19th May, then 26th May and 2nd June.

Addendum  :  9th May 2019  …
These dates have now been confirmed.
Junior Semi-Final to be aired on Sunday 19th May.

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30th April 2019

Ahead of tonight’s concert at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Russell was on BBC Radio Wales chatting with Eleri Sean.

You can ‘Listen Again’  here.   Scroll to 2 hours 35 minutes and about 15 seconds.

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19th April 2019

More from Louise (Thank You) as she and Russell explore Vienna and its world-famous Spanish Riding School …

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18th April 2019

Louise is a tease … not saying where they are or why … but we’ll take it that they are somewhere close to Vienna ahead of Russell’s planned evening aboard MS Thomas Hardy
as she berths there towards the end of her week-long cruise of the Rhine.

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17th April 2019

New date for the  Hereford  concert  …  Thursday 9th May 2019

New date for the  Ulverston  concert  … Saturday 18th May 2019

New date for the  Durham  concert  …  Monday 20th May 2019

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7th April 2019

Tonight’s concert at  The Courtyard, Hereford is ‘Cancelled / Postponed’ at short notice as Russell has, reportedly, lost his voice.

The Courtyard @CourtyardArts

CUSTOMER NOTICE – RUSSELL WATSON CANCELLED

Unfortunately tonight’s show has had to be cancelled, Russell Watson has lost his

voice. We will be busy on the phones calling as many customers as we can, so please bear with us. Sorry for the inconvenience caused.

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20th March 2019

Russell resumes the Tour with an outstanding performance at Stafford’s Gatehouse Theatre.

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12th March 2019

BRIGHTON & WINCHESTER CONCERTS …

Russell’s proposed concert at the Theatre Royal, Brighton, tomorrow has been put back to Saturday 4th May due to him suffering from a gastric illness.

The proposed concert at Winchester’s Guildhall on Thursday 14th March has been cancelled.  Their Facebook Page says, “At this point, there are no plans to rearrange the show due to availability, and for this reason all ticket holders have been notified via email and will receive a full refund from our box office.”

We wish Russell a speedy recovery !!

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11th March 2019

BE A BRICK … BUY A BRICK …

Russell is filmed here inviting folks to “buy a brick” in support of Lincoln Drill Hall


***  Don’t forget to add Gift Aid from the Tax Man (or Woman!)  ***

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6th March 2019

Four great photos from the first night of Russell’s new Tour have been posted to Twitter by Paul W Dixon Photography.

These, plus a few more from the same show, can be found on Paul’s Facebook Profile.  Check out some of his other great photo coverage while you’re there.

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4th March 2019

Sunday’s BBC ‘Songs Of Praise’ can now be found on-line for the next month but you should be able to watch Russell and Aled’s performance as a separate clip that we hope won’t expire.

Click here to view the clip.

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1st March 2019

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20th February 2019

A ‘shameless clang’ from the Instagram account of photographer Wes Simpson telling of an early engagement with Russell.

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*Shameless clang. One the most rock and roll moments in my life came after attending #BritAwards with x4 time Brit award winner Russell Watson Back at the hotel bar and still wearing my Brit Awards pass with Russell Watson’s name on it. A couple of high flying city type businessmen assumed I was Russell Watson and wanted to buy me drinks, stating that their wives are big fans. I posed for some pictures and had many drinks bought for me and signed bar napkin autographs. The next morning, extremely hungover I got in the car and Russell asked “where are the Brit Awards mate” which I had been trusted with to look after… I’d only left them in the lift at the hotel… 🙈 needless to say, we got them back. WS ✌️

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11th February 2019

Russell is to be a Celebrity Judge on both days of the 2019 BBC Songs Of Praise Young Choir Of The Year competition that is to be held at the Victoria Hall, Bolton on 9th and 10th March.

If you are able to attend, admission is free but you must book in advance.  Details in the poster, below.  It’s expected that he and Aled Jones will also be performing material from their album In Harmony.

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5th February 2019

On his Official Facebook Page, Russell has posted an invitation to ask him any question that you may have, as follows …

Competition time. Has anybody got any questions for Russell? End date will be 8th February and all questions will be put into a hat and picked at random. The winners will appear in the new programme, “A Very Special Evening With Russell Watson“.

Good Luck 😁

Get yourselves over to his Facebook Page before Friday night!

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25th January 2019

Meet and Greet opportunities are now available to meet Russell at either the Birmingham City Hall or Manchester Bridgewater Hall  shows … or both.

The upgrade includes –
‘Meet & Greet’ and photo opportunity with Russell
Souvenir tour laminate & lanyard
Exclusive merchandise
On-site host and check in

Please note that a concert ticket must be also be purchased to be able to obtain this upgrade.  Both can be bought via  Ticketmaster / VIP Nation

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23rd January 2019

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22nd January 2019

It seems that the Team have moved on from Munich to Davos, Switzerland where the World Economic Forum just happens to be taking place this week.
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Reprising his pose from the cover of  ‘Encore‘, Russell is pictured without explanation at Munich Airport (according to the location stamp) in Wes Simpson’s Instagram post.

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#russellwatson Encore 2 🙈😂

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12th January 2019

We already knew that ‘In Harmony‘ had been selling well, even though we haven’t got exact numbers. Here’s a paragraph from the British Phonograph Industry’s recent article on sales figures that points also to a returning popularity of the CD.

“Andrea Bocelli’s Si sold over 200,000 copies in 2018 to become the first Classical title to pass that threshold since 2012 (Andre Rieu’s Magic of the Movies).  It also became the first Classical album to top the national Official Album Chart in almost 21 years following James Horner’s Titanic soundtrack (No.1 for three weeks in 1998).  The year’s second-best seller overall was In Harmony by Aled Jones and Russell Watson. “

The full article can be found here.

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10th January 2019

It appears that Russell may be visiting Portugal later this year.

Though it’s not confirmed on his own official web pages there is a report on Descobrir Leiria‘s Instagram account that has him headlining a free concert at the world heritage site of Monastery of Batalha (the Monastery of the Battle) in central Portugal on Friday 21st June 2019.

You can read a full translation of the report on our Facebook Page.

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4th January 2019

The New Year starts well enough for Russell and Aled Jones with their album ‘In Harmony‘ staying at the top of the Official Chart Company’s “Independent Albums” chart for an eighth week.

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3rd January 2019

Although it was first broadcast on 23rd December last year and is available until the end of January on the official BBC Songs Of Praise web page, there is another YouTube page where the ‘Christmas Big Sing‘ can be found and (we hope) might continue to be available after the official version expires.

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Welcome to ‘Russellers’ 2019

We hope that this will be a brilliant year for Russell, his family and friends, and all who support him both on and off-stage.

Although Russell’s new album, In Harmony, with Aled Jones has been the main focus of the news recently, don’t forget their tour together won’t be until later in the year and there is much to look forward to before then.

We’re specially keen to see what the two ‘independent’ afternoon theatre appearances at Birmingham and Manchester will offer.

Could we possibly hope that they’ll be recorded for a DVD?  We shall just have to hope so and wait-and-see.

Addendum : Professional video recordings were clearly being made at Birmingham but we understand they are for Russell’s own purposes and not intended for publication.  Perhaps something will come to light eventually via his own web site.  Keep checking at russellwatson.com

March and April will see Russell taking to the road again with what appear to be more intimate shows at several of the country’s smaller venues.   Lancaster Grand is again on Russell’s venue list;  it’s one of the oldest theatres in the country and quite a gem.

 

At the moment there appears to be quite a gap in public performances from the end of April to the beginning of September but we shall hope for news of more as we move into the New Year.

 

 

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