31st December 2019
Looking forward to the New Year and New Decade … see you in 2020!
25th December 2019
“THE GIFT …”
Only a couple of years ago ( 2017) Russell was one of the special guests on the television Christmas Special of American singer-songwriter and all round entertainer Jim Brickman when he sang “The Gift”. Jim is currently posting video clips from some of his past shows by way of Christmas greetings to the world and has added this in the last hour or so.
Too lovely not to share it, even as the UK slips into evening and moves towards Boxing Day. “Thank you, Jim Brickman.”
Jim Brickman followed his post of “The Gift” with several more, one of which was Russell and Anne Cochran singing “Hallelujah”
23rd December 2019
20th December 2019
Crow Wood Hotel and Spa Resort – Sold Out …
That didn’t take long …
9th December 2019
Crow Wood Hotel and Spa Resort …
News comes this morning that Russell is to entertain at a very special one-night event at the new 5 Star Crow Wood Hotel and Spa Resort, Burnley, Lancashire on Friday 28th February 2020 from 7.00 pm
6th December 2019
Summer Evening Concert …
Chepstow Castle, Monmouthshire
Sunday, 23rd August 2020 : Gates from 6.30 pm : Performance from 7.30 pm
29th November 2019
“In Harmony” is certified ‘Gold’ …
Russell and Aled’s first album together, their 2018 ‘In Harmony’ is certified ‘Gold’.
24th November 2019
A third week at the top of the charts …
Russell and Aled Jones start a third week at the top of the charts with their ‘Back In Harmony”.
Here’s how Aled shared the news with Russell over the phone earlier this evening…
24th November 2019
Supporting ‘Help The Animals’ …
As part of the build-up to Channel 5’s programmes under the heading of ‘Help The Animals‘ a series of very short video clips is being aired and Russell was featured earlier this evening …
This year’s appeal will be stripped across a week, featuring special episodes of Channel 5 favourites and support from a host of famous faces.
Celebrity Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly will see dog trainer Graeme Hall lead three despairing celebrity dog owners – Denise Van Outen and her French Bulldog Tilly, world renowned opera singer Russell Watson with rescue Saluki Poppy, and former England striker Michael Owen with Staffordshire Terrier Ronnie – on a journey to fix their bad habits and tame their dogs whose behaviour has been far from star quality.
The latest news we have is that this programme is likely to be broadcast on Thursday 5th December.
22nd November 2019
Smooth North West’s Christmas Lights …
Russell and Aled had an early start to the morning and were at Smooth North West’s studio to turn on their Christmas Lights and they apparently revealed they’ll be back in the North West for a special charity carol concert in December for @makenoise with #CoronationStreetTheTour … details awaited!
Click the picture in the Tweet above to see the (short) video of Russell and Aled hitting the button to turn on the lights.
21st November 2019
Waitrose Magazine …
There’s a small but interesting article in the current edition of the weekly Waitrose Magazine in which Russell describes his dietary regime when he’s working.
The magazine is free to pick up from stores, while stocks last.
21st November 2019
Radio Interviews …
This morning’s hoped-for conversation on BBC Radio Cornwall didn’t air and a check of their web pages showed that Russell and Aled are due to join David White’s programme next Wednesday, 27th November (even though an earlier official Tweet gave today’s date). No problem … something to look forward to. We understand that there are likely to be more interviews on other stations, too, so do stay alert.
20th November 2019
Radio Interviews …
Russell and Aled Jones were on BBC Radio Kent earlier today, talking on the Dominic King show. They are expected to be on the radio again tomorrow morning on Radio Cornwall’s David White show. They’ll probably pop elsewhere, too!
19th November 2019
Help The Animals …
“Help The Animals” is a Channel 5 television production that aims to raise awareness and money to support all kinds of animals in distress in co-operation with several leading UK animal charities. Russell and Aled Jones are both lending their support to this year’s fund-raising campaign that will be a major Channel 5 feature throughout the week commencing Monday 2nd December.
Help the Animals and Help the Animals at Christmas are the working names of Maecenas; a company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales (company number 06972470) and registered with the Charity Commission (charity number 1132363), whose registered office is 50, Broadway, London, SW1H 0BL.
17th November 2019
STILL AT THE TOP OF THE CLASSIC FM CHART …
While “In Harmony” slipped slightly back down the Classic FM Chart on 17th November, “Back In Harmony” remained at No 1 against some very strong competition from several new releases.
10th November 2019
IN THE CLASSIC FM CHART …
Excellent news … tonight’s Classic FM Chart has Russell and Aled Jones at No 1 with their new album “Back In Harmony” immediately followed at No 2 with their first album “In Harmony” from last year.
Each of them also has one of their own albums from earlier times re-enter the chart again with Aled’s own previous album “You Raise Me Up: The Best of Aled Jones” at No 24 while Russell’s “The Voice – The Ultimate Collection” is hard on its heels at No 29.
8th November 2019
IN THE CHARTS AND ON THE AIR …
‘Back In Harmony‘ enters the UK charts this week by going in at No 7 in the Official Chart Company’s overall albums chart but faring even better by going straight to No 1 in the Classical Artist Albums chart where their own ‘In Harmony’ album from last year is right behind it at No 2. Two albums at the top at the same time!
The album has also been John Brunning’s Album Of The Week on his Classic FM show each day and we are grateful to Classic FM for having posted a video of the track ‘Ave Maria‘.
5th November 2019
Russell and Aled are expected to be on the Steve Wright In The Afternoon radio programme some time this afternoon from 2.00 pm.
More photos and a video of Russell and Aled signing copies of their latest album at Bents Garden & Home Centre were published on the Warrington Guardian‘s web site.
3rd November 2019
BBC SONGS OF PRAISE …
What a brilliant biography of Russell and his career to date from Aled Jones and the BBC Songs Of Praise producers.
It was largely familiar fare for most Russellers but superbly composed and so good to see Russell’s meeting with neurosurgeon Mr Leggate who, no doubt at all, saved his life when the now infamous brain tumour burst..
Apologies again to those of you outside the UK TV viewing area but do investigate the possibilities of using a VPN service to see this and the other TV programmes that are coming up soon.
There are now three video clips from this programme available that do not appear to have expiry dates attached to them and can be watched from outside the UK.
1 : Irlam … where Russell grew up
2 : The Surgeon … Russell meets the surgeon who saved his life
3 : “In Christ Alone” … Russell and Aled Jones sing the hymn
2nd November 2019
AT TWEEDMILL TODAY & MORE APPEARANCES COMING SOON ...
Russell and Aled are expected to be back at the Tweedmill Shopping Centre in St. Asaph, North Wales, from about noon today to sign copies of their new album. Again, though, it’s not anticipated that they’ll be singing … just signing and, hopefully, allowing photo opportunities.
Not everyone gets to launch a ship … or open a tea room …
There are more pictures from the day at Tweedmill on their Facebook Page.
Other news is also good. It looks like the duo will be on several radio and television programmes over the coming weeks. The following is from an email circulation but there’s some speculation about the date for the Steve Wright in the Afternoon programme. The BBC web page gives the date as Tuesday 5th, not Wednesday 6th.
Looking further ahead, there’s a good possibility that they may be on the new series of Saturday Morning With James Martin that starts this coming weekend (9th November 2019) although they aren’t shown as creating mayhem on the first programme so we’ll have to keep watching the TV listings for any further news.
Just a thought … several people have been asking on social media about the venue for the filming of the videos accompanying the ‘Back In Harmony’ advertisements on TV and the web. We believe it’s Margam Castle and its Orangery
1st November 2019
Following very short notice to the wider public than that given to regular customers, Russell and Aled visited Bents Garden & Home Centre at Glazebury, near Warrington to sign copies of their album ‘Back In Harmony‘ on the day of release.
It was a case of just signing, no singing, but a good, long queue kept them busy.
There’s a video and several pictures on the Warrington Guardian‘s web page dated 4th November.
28th October 2019
The BIG NEWS is …
… more Tour dates for 2020 but these are earlier in the year than those already given and don’t go on general sale until Friday morning, 1st November.
Please see the Appearances page for these and all other known dates.
28th October 2019
Nella Fantasia video is released …
27th October 2019
RUSSELL POSTS A VERY BIG TEASE …
The same message is on his Twitter and Facebook.
We’ll just have to try to get up early in the morning!
27th October 2019
ON ‘SUNDAY MORNING LIVE‘ …
A little sooner than expected but very welcome, Russell and Aled were featured visiting the Poppy Factory in a clip that starts from 43 minutes into this morning’s programme.
Available to watch in the UK TV viewing area on BBC iPlayer for one month.
(or via other means if you can find it).
27th October 2019
ON ‘GOOD MORNING SUNDAY‘ …
As promised, Russell and Aled’s “Nella Fantasia” was given its UK premiere on BBC Radio 2’s ‘Good Morning Sunday‘ this morning. You can hear it now on the BBC’s ‘Listen Again‘ for the next month.
It’s played towards the very end of the programme at a few seconds after 2 hours and 52 minutes. Do have a listen, it’s lovely!
26th October 2019
COMING SOON …
24th October 2019
BBC SUNDAY MORNING LIVE … Date to be notified
Russell has posted, “Today the Royal British Legion launch their annual Poppy Appeal. Aled Jones Official and I visited the poppy factory a few weeks ago to meet the volunteers and see how they put together all those poppies. Tune into BBC Sunday Morning Live in a couple of weeks to see what happened and don’t forget to dig deep when you see the poppy volunteers out and about over the coming weeks.“
One to watch out for.
24th October 2019
RETURNING TO TWEEDMILL SHOPPING CENTRE …
Did you miss Russell and Aled Jones at Tweedmill Shopping Centre recently?
Would you like another chance to meet them?
They’re expected to be back in the store from 12 noon on Saturday 2nd November, to sell and sign copies of their latest album ‘Back In Harmony’ the day after it is released on general sale.
At this stage it’s not known if there’ll be any further singing from them or if it is to be purely a sales and signing event.
23rd October 2019
BBC SONGS OF PRAISE … 3rd November … 1.15 pm
Russell is reunited with the surgeon who saved his life, and reveals how, after his illness, his faith became stronger. At his home, Russell and Aled Jones reflect on music, singing and faith, and Russell’s family describe how his life has changed since he became a person of faith.
This special episode also features performances by Russell and Aled, including In Christ Alone, The Lord’s My Shepherd and Ave Maria. Other hymns include Be Thou My Vision and My Jesus My Saviour.
21st October 2019
END OF TOUR … OR IS IT ?
Russell posts a picture of a champagne bottle (not fully opened) with a glass (still empty) to his Twitter account by way of appearing to celebrate the end of a successful Tour although there’s still a show to do on the Isle Of Man … isn’t there ?
20th October 2019
FALLING AND RISING …
The album regains a Top 10 position on the Classic FM Chart this week.
Having dropped last week to #19, it recovers to take the No. 6 spot!
14th October 2019
A NEW ‘SOLO’ TOUR …
Celebrating twenty years as a performing artist in 2020
20th ANNIVERSARY TOUR !
Saturday 19th September 2020 : 2.30 pm : Royal Albert Hall, London
Friday 2nd October 2020 : 7.30 pm : Bonus Arena, Hull
Sunday 4th October 2020 : 3.00 pm : Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
Friday 9th October 2020 : 7.30 pm : The Barbican, York
Sunday 11th October 2020 : 3.00 pm : Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
Friday 16th October 2020 : 7.30 pm : Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Sunday 18th October 2020 : 3.00 pm : Saint David’s Hall, Cardiff
Friday 23rd October 2020 : 7.30 pm : Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
6th October 2019
STILL CLIMBING THE CLASSIC FM CHART …
Congratulations to Russell and Aled Jones as their album, “In Harmony”, after having dipped last week, scorches back up the Classic FM chart this week to regain the Number 2 position!
Keep going … … !
[Ooops! New entries knocked the lovely CD back down the chart on 13th October.]
22nd September 2019
BACK IN THE CHARTS …
Congratulations to Aled and Russell as their first album together, “In Harmony“, re-entered the Classic FM Chart at No 15 in this evening’s latest update.
We shall hope to be able offer even more congratulations should its deserved upward progress continue next week.
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.
1. Funiculi, Funicula
2. Nella Fantasia
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).
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.
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
Removed without comment from the Cathedral’s web page.
Please see the “Appearances” page for more information and links to buy tickets.
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
before tickets go on open general sale tomorrow.
From 10.00am Friday tickets should be available direct from the Bridgewater Hall Box Office
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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 :
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!
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.
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.
19th April 2019
More from Louise (Thank You) as she and Russell explore Vienna and its world-famous Spanish Riding School …
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.
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
7th April 2019
Tonight’s concert at The Courtyard, Hereford is ‘Cancelled / Postponed’ at short notice as Russell has, reportedly, lost his voice.
20th March 2019
Russell resumes the Tour with an outstanding performance at Stafford’s Gatehouse Theatre.
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 !!
11th March 2019
BE A BRICK … BUY A BRICK …
*** Don’t forget to add Gift Aid from the Tax Man (or Woman!) ***
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.
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.
1st March 2019
20th February 2019
A ‘shameless clang’ from the Instagram account of photographer Wes Simpson telling of an early engagement with Russell.
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.
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!
25th January 2019
The upgrade includes –
‘Meet & Greet’ and photo opportunity with Russell
Souvenir tour laminate & lanyard
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
23rd January 2019
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.