We list all the public performances that we
know about over on the Appearances page.
24th September 2020
RUSSELL’S NEW ALBUM …
It’s called ’20’ and it will be out on 23rd October 2020 but can be pre-ordered now.
Please see Russell’s Tweet
Good to see confirmation that Russell is to be on ITV1’s ‘Lorraine’ programme tomorrow morning.
24th September 2020
RUSSELL ON TOMORROW MORNING’S “LORRAINE” …
It’s possible that Russell might be making an appearance on tomorrow morning’s “Lorraine” programme.
That’s ITV1 from 9.00 am on Friday 25th September. Also on the +1 channel from 10.00 am and afterwards on the ITV Hub.
23rd September 2020
RUSSELL ON TONIGHT’S ITV NEWS AT TEN …
Postponed … no new date yet.
Since posting the item below, events have meant that the recorded interview was not shown this evening and a new time and date is awaited.
Russell’s pre-recorded interview for the ITV 10.00 pm News is now notified as being shown tonight, Wednesday 23rd September, and not tomorrow night. Note also that the News won’t start until 10.30 pm due to an earlier programme not finishing until about 9.25 pm
News to follow about a NEW ALBUM !!
2nd September 2020
RUSSELL ON BBC SONGS OF PRAISE …
It seems the information about Russell being on a future episode of BBC Songs Of Praise was correct. He is mentioned in the description of the programme currently listed for Sunday 13th September 2020 from 1.15 pm.
21st August 2020
According to an ever-so-slightly speculative post by Katie Timms for the Plymouth Live website there’s a chance that we might be able to look forward to seeing Russell back in company with Aled Jones in a future episode of BBC’s Songs Of Praise.
No firm date yet … just a possibility of mid-September … so keep an eye on the BBC 1 TV schedule.
## Addendum … now listed for Sunday 13th September from 1.15 pm ##
2nd August 2020
A BIT OF A SWIZ …
Apologies if anyone else watched the BBC1 coverage of the FA Cup Final and felt the same disappointment as us in not seeing Russell and Mike Moran at some point. It seems they were only shown on the BBC Sport channel, performing ‘Abide With Me’ in Russell’s home just ahead of the kick-off while BBC 1 featured Emile Sande singing the same song at that same point in the broadcast.
Addendum : 4th August
Russell appears right at the start of a BBC “Watchalong” programme.
This is on BBC iPlayer so it may not be visible outside the UK and may expire after 28 days. Click here to watch until the end of this month.
31st July 2020
RUSSELL ON TV AHEAD OF THE FA CUP FINAL 2020 ?? …
The 2020 FA Cup Final is to be shown tomorrow afternoon/evening (Saturday 1st August) on BBC 1.
Kick-off is set for around 5.30 pm but coverage starts from 4.30 pm.
We aren’t all that fussed about the particular teams that are playing (Arsenal -v- Chelsea) but it might be worth watching the TV from a bit before the game, or putting on whatever you use to record such things, as there have been some suggestions that Russell and Mike Moran might be seen doing something, somewhere, some time ahead of the game … or perhaps at half-time … details are hard to come by.
No promises, and there’s always BBC iPlayer if you can’t get to a TV or computer screen tomorrow.
Click this link to Radio Times for more on the match and how to watch or check your own preferred TV listings guide.
30th July 2020 (13:35)
ROYAL ALBERT HALL CONCERT … POSTPONED …
Checking the Royal Albert Hall’s web page we discover that Russell’s concert that was scheduled for Sunday 19th September 2020 has been postponed but no new date has yet been notified. It is expected that tick-holders should be contacted directly by their point of purchase in due course.
29th July 2020
ROYAL ALBERT HOME …
Russell has, for some time, had a concert scheduled for the afternoon of 19th September 2020 at the Royal Albert Hall but, particularly given that another Raymond Gubbay event, Beethoven’s Ninth, previously scheduled for 7.30 pm that same day, has already been postponed by 12 months it might be reasonable to expect Russell’s concert to be similarly affected.
The Royal Albert Hall has been posting online mini-events under the title of “Royal Albert Home” where artists give a performance, usually from their home. Russell has already done some sessions of his own that way on his own Facebook Page but perhaps we could look forward to something from him on the RAH’s site, too. We can only hope … and look forward to knowing of any re-scheduling as soon as may be.
14th July 2020
ON BBC RADIO LINCOLNSHIRE …
Another radio chat, mainly to promote the Drive-In concert at Lincolnshire Showground, which has since been cancelled but what a wide-ranging potted history of Russell’s career. A good listen and an air-play of Nessun Dorma!
Catch up here and drag the scroll button over to the right to the start time of 14:18. Remember that he’s on twice! Link valid for one month.
Note that all the proposed Drive-In concerts by numerous artists, not just Russell’s, have had to be cancelled as a result the current pandemic.
13th July 2020
LYTHAM PROMS : POSTPONED …
A wise decision, we reckon.
We shall just have to weather the winter, looking forward to seeing Russell on the new date of Sunday 29th August 2021
11th July 2020
BBC SONGS OF PRAISE (Repeat) …
Tomorrow, Sunday 12th July 2020, from 1.5 pm on BBC1 and on BBC iPlayer for one month afterwards.
10th July 2020
ON BBC RADIO LANCASHIRE …
Russell was on quite early in Steve Royle‘s programme …
In fact, he was on twice.
First from about 18 minutes in and then again from about 39 minutes in.
Catch up here and drag the scroll button over to the right to the start time of 14:18. Remember that he’s on twice! The second part starts around 38 minutes in.
The piece ends with a part-play of “Where My Heart Will Take Me” (Theme from ‘Enterprise’).
9th July 2020
ON BBC RADIO LANCASHIRE TOMORROW …
Russell is shown on the BBC web site as being on BBC Radio Lancashire tomorrow (Friday 10th July 2020) in conversation with Steve Royle.
Steve’s programme starts at 2.00 pm and is on until 6.00 pm.
It ought to be available afterwards to ‘Listen Again’ if you should miss it.
8th July 2020
SUPPORTING EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE …
26th June 2020
RECENT UPDATES …
The Bolton concert has been deferred from Friday 24th July 2020 to Thursday 30th July. Tickets remain valid and ticket-holders should receive formal notification from their point of purchase.
The ‘London’ concert was shown with a ‘venue to be announced‘ note and it now appears that it will be staged at Colesdale Farm Northaw Road, West Northaw, Hertfordshire.
Liverpool : Now 31st July
Lincoln : Now 1st August
Leeds : Now 8th August
Darlington : Now 9th August
Latest information here
21st June 2020
YOUR MONEY AND YOUR LIFE …
One we missed recently on BBC TV was Russell singing to someone via remote ‘safe distance’ from the back of a lorry. The video explains it all … from about 11 minutes in.
Click here … to see the programme via iPlayer (limited to UK)
21st June 2020
IN THE SUNDAY TIMES SUPPLEMENT …
19th June 2020
NEW & REVISED DATES ALL ROUND …
Russell announced a dozen new open-air venues through the remaining months of this summer as part of the Utilita ‘Live From The Drive-In’ series of events and an almost complete re-write of the 20th Anniversary Of The Voice Tour, taking most of them into 2021.
Please see here for ALL the currently know events, including several not in either of the series mentioned above.
18th June 2020
DAME VERA LYNN …
Sad to learn this morning of the passing of Dame Vera Lynn, “The Forces’ Sweetheart” as she was affectionately known, at the age of 103.
Russell had joined her in song to mark her 100th birthday.
A message from Dame Vera’s family … Click here
16th June 2020
CHELTENHAM TOWN HALL : NEW DATE …
The proposed ’20th Anniversary Of The Voice’ concert scheduled for 3.00 pm on Sunday 27th September 2020 at Cheltenham Town Hall has been deferred until Tuesday 16th February 2021, still with a 3.00 pm start.
Tickets remain valid for the new date.
11th June 2020
LAVENHAM CONCERT : NEW DATE …
The proposed ‘stand alone’ concert in Suffolk that was scheduled for Friday 3rd July 2020 has now been postponed until Thursday 15th April 2021 and will be held in the beautiful setting of Lavenham’s St. Peter and St.Paul’s Church rather than under canvas in the Big Top.
Photo credit : http://www.suffolkchurches.co.uk/Lavenham.htm
22nd May 2020
I’M STANDING WITH YOU …
Russell has joined a host of world-wide stars to help create a message of hope and support crafted by Diane Warren and friends to raise awareness … and funds … in the global fight against the current pandemic.
11th May 2020
HALE BARNS CARNIVAL : NEW DATE …
Russell is now expected to headline the new opening night on Friday 16th July 2021
8th May 2020
HOME FROM HOME …
Some while ago Russell supported the Alpha Club‘s special concert in aid of the Chelsea Pensioners with Friederike Krum and the subsequent release of a CD of the charity single “Home From Home“. A video of that song’s debut has now been released as part of Alpha Club’s current publicity and fundraising.
## Video has been removed ##
8th May 2020
THE WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER …
Russell joined Dame Vera Lynn to sing The White Cliffs Of Dover as part of her 100th birthday celebrations back in 2017 and has recently posted a link to it for VE Day.
Thank you both!
2nd May 2020
MOON RIVER …
Russell didn’t do a ‘Facebook Live’ chat yesterday but instead treated fans to a special recording of Moon River with a remote piano accompaniment from Mike Moran and John Bailey.
The initial post on Friday evening suffered some sort of problem. Not everyone was able to see it when it was first broadcast and it then disappeared completely but Louise was able to recover it this afternoon (Saturday). Huge thanks to all concerned.
HELLO! MAGAZINE …
A little reminder from HELLO! Magazine of Russell and Louise’s big day, five (really … five!) years ago this coming August.
LIVE ON FACEBOOK …
Friday evenings seem to have become a regular date for fans to visit Russell at his home in Cheshire (via the internet) and this week he laid on a superb song list from his music room.
The video starts off rather out of focus and with lights spoiling the image a little but be patient while Russell and Louise make adjustments and it will settle down to a most enjoyable hour.
Thank you Russell and Louise (and Muffin, too!) (24th April 2020)
21st April 2020
ASK ANOTHER SILLY QUESTION …
At this stage he hasn’t said what time of the day, so stay tuned to Russell’s media, particularly if you want to message him while he’s ‘live’ online but you should be able to catch up afterwards..
18th April 2020
AND RUSSELL AND JOHN BAILEY RESPOND …
Thank you both!
17th April 2020
RUSSELL ASKS …
Who wouldn’t !?
Same question on his Facebook Page.
Answers direct to Russell, as soon as you like.
14th April 2020
THE BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE …
Russell, in casual attire, (and Muffin) put in a very welcome appearance on today’s YouTube episode of ‘The Best Seat In The House’ from The Not Forgotten.
From about 52 minutes in.
We shall hope for another song or six as this series of lovely programmes progresses.
7th April 2020
WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN …
The second online programme of The Best Show In The House series from The Not Forgotten was posted online this afternoon, slightly later than expected due to a little technical hitch.
Russell wasn’t featured today but we learned from a podcast with Annie Riley on Up The Arts that he is going to be on at some point in the series of programmes; it’s just a matter of watching out for him.
Good wishes to those helping to provide these shows in this novel way. The show can be expected each Tuesday and Friday afternoon. We’ll keep watching.
7th April 2020
HERE IT IS … A FINE DUET …
6th April 2020
ASK A SILLY QUESTION …
Seriously curious as to who the special guest artiste might be ….
6th April 2020
THE BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE …
No details yet of exactly when but it would appear that Russell might soon be found supporting The Not Forgotten, a British Armed Forces Charity, that proposes to stream family-friendly entertainment each Tuesday and Friday at 3.00 pm starting tomorrow, 7th April. Russell’s name has been mentioned in their press information so we shall hope to see him one afternoon or maybe more, who knows?
Show Number One, below, doesn’t feature Russell but can be used to find the YouTube page where we shall hope to find him later…
6th April 2020
HALE BARNES CARNIVAL …
If you should be interested, the organisers of Hale Barns Carnival will be entertaining the nation this coming week with a series of live streaming performances starting from 8.00 pm this evening.
A number of artistes have already been named in a Facebook Post from Bill Elms Associates, including the lovely Scarlett Quigley with more still to come.
Russell is still scheduled to open the Carnival weekend on Friday 17th July but hasn’t (yet?) been named as being in a position to join any of the live streams. We shall do our best to ‘tune in’ with hope in our hearts.
30th March 2020
MORE FACEBOOK TIME WITH RUSSELL …
Russell is proposing another ‘live chat’ session on Facebook this coming Friday.
He says he’ll sing the song that is most requested!
28th March 2020
LLANGOLLEN INTERNATIONAL EISTEDDFOD : POSTPONED …
Llangollen International Eisteddfod has been postponed for a year so we shan’t be seeing Russell and Aled there for a while.
27th March 2020
CATCH UP …
Russell was ‘live’ on Facebook earlier today but you can ‘watch again’ …
Thanks to Russell, Louise and whoever was holding the camera!
26th March 2020
“LIVE STREAMING” ON FACEBOOK TOMORROW …
Russell is expected to be ‘Live Streaming’ on Facebook tomorrow from 1.00 pm!
21st March 2020
CORONA VIRUS & RE-SCHEDULED SHOWS …
A further message from Russell and the latest information on cancelled and re-scheduled concerts and events can be found here
Last night, 20th March, Russell posted to Facebook …
“To all my fans and specifically those who have purchased tickets to a performance of my 20th Anniversary of The Voice tour. Due to the ongoing situation with coronavirus in the UK and subsequent venue closures, my upcoming Spring tour will be rescheduled.
The concerts will now take place on the following dates. Tickets will be automatically transferred and your venue Box Office, or your point of purchase will be in touch to confirm arrangements.
Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton Tuesday 1st September 2020
Severn Theatre, Shrewsbury Monday 7th September 2020
Lyceum Theatre,Crewe Friday 11th September 2020
The Anvil, Basingstoke Tuesday 15th September 2020
Buxton Opera House Tuesday 22nd September 2020
Swan Theatre, High Wycombe Wednesday 23rd September 2020
Town Hall, Cheltenham Sunday 27th September 2020
Grand Theatre, Leeds Tuesday 29th September 2020
Royal Hall,Harrogate Wednesday 30th September 2020
De Montfort Hall,Leicester Wednesday 14th October 2020
Further news is still pending on the New Victoria Theatre, Woking; Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury and the Milton Keynes Theatre performances and updates on these shows will be advised as and when we are able to do so.
Your welfare and safety is my main priority and I continue to pray strongly for every single one of you.
Several shows were to be afternoon performances but as no times have been given for the new dates it is not yet clear whether this will remain the case or if they will become evening shows.
We’ll update again as soon as we know.
17th March 2020
CORONA VIRUS …
Government advice is being updated frequently as the UK’s reaction to the current epidemic unfolds.
National Health Service (NHS) information can be found here
Please see the Appearances page for the latest information we have on postponements or cancellations.
A MESSAGE FROM RUSSELL …
“Praying so hard for the safe keeping of everyone. Please, please look after yourselves…. Call your loved ones, make sure they are safe too. I’m calling my mum every few hours and checking she’s ok. People will be self isolating but it’s important they don’t feel isolated. We have to look after each other. Love to you all” xxx Russell
6th March 2020
GLOBAL AWARDS 2020 …
Russell and Aled Jones were back together for a performance at the Global Awards 2020, held last night at London’s Eventim Apollo Theatre and streamed live (not broadcast) over the internet (with varying degrees of success) and with clips being made available afterwards. Thanks to Classic FM for the two clips below.
3rd March 2020
CROW WOOD HOTEL & SPA RESORT …
Russell’s first public event of the new decade was at the recently opened Crow Wood Hotel & Spa Resort on the edge of Burnley on Friday 28th February.
There is a video by Marina Blore that has been shared to Facebook (thank you) but it cannot be embedded here. Click here to watch.
A fabulous evening … great food followed by Russell on top form, tears and laughter … everyone on their feet.
23rd February 2020
‘EVENT’ MAGAZINE …
Jim White’s two-page feature in the printed edition of Event magazine under the heading “Why Russell Watson told his doctor he wanted to die” is also available to read online with additional video clips.
22nd February 2020
BRITISH DRESSAGE – PARA MATTERS …
Last night Myerscough International Arena hosted the first Equissage Pulse Para Dressage Winter Championships and Russell and Louise were their guests of honour.
It wasn’t an occasion for Russell to sing but he did, apparently, present prizes and make a speech (unfortunately we don’t have details).
Several pictures have been posted to social media and it does look as if a great time was had despite the awful weather outside.
Well done, everyone!
18th February 2020
BEHIND THE SCENES …
Jamie Nelson and Gemma Reilly have played key roles in delivering consecutive UK Number One albums for Aled Jones & Russell.
Read more on billboard
15th February 2020
ON THE RADIO …
Russell has been on BBC local radio stations recently. Two that we know of are Radio Derby with Steve Jordan and BBC Three Counties with Nick Coffer, the latter being particularly enjoyable and all the more so if you’re a fan of The Masked Singer!
and on YouTube …
Russell can be seen and heard in the role of (we believe) ‘Dandini’ in the pantomime ‘Cinderalla’ at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford in 1997.
Update : 19th March 2020 : Hay Festival 2020 cancelled : Read more …
7th February 2020
HAY FESTIVAL …
Russell and Aled Jones get together once again, this time at Hay Festival in Powys, Wales, on the Baillie Gifford Stage from 8.00 pm to 9.45 pm on Thursday 21st May 2020.+
Booking is now open for Friends of the Festival
General Sale opens on Monday 10th February
6th February 2020
GUESTS OF HONOUR AT BRITISH DRESSAGE GALA NIGHT …
From British Dressage – Para Matters … “British Dressage is incredibly proud to announce international opera sensation, Russell ‘The Voice’ Watson and his lovely wife Louise, as our guests of honour at the inaugural Para Dressage Music Gala Night, taking place at Myerscough College near Preston in Lancashire on Friday 21 February, during the Equissage Pulse Para Dressage Winter Championships.“
5th February 2020
THE GLOBAL AWARDS … PHASE TWO …
Phase Two of voting in the Global Awards 2020 has now closed but here’s what was said earlier. We await the result and hope that .
Happily, Russell won through Phase 1 voting and now, in Phase 2, competes with just four others for the title of “Best Classical Artist”.
From Global’s web page …
“The public vote reopens today, and the winners will be crowned in front of stars and fans of music, news and entertainment alike on Thursday March 5th 2020.”
This will be at the Hammersmith Apollo Theatre..
VOTE FOR RUSSELL ! 🙃
Don’t forget … you can vote up to five (5) times !
Voting closes at 9.59 a.m. on Friday 14th February 2020.
VOTE NOW !
29th January 2020
APPEARING AT LYTHAM PROMS …
Lytham Proms is a new (currently one-night) event to be held at Lytham Hall, separately from the five-night Lytham Festival, but hosted by the same good folks. Russell is to be their first headline artist on Saturday 29th August.
From Lytham Hall’s web page, “A brand new Lytham Proms concert is being launched for 2020 with ALL money raised being gifted to historic Lytham Hall. Lytham Festival organisers Cuffe and Taylor have decided to move their traditional Proms finale from Lytham Green to the picturesque parkland of Lytham Hall. The move marks the start of a new era for Lytham Proms and promises to bring all the pomp and circumstance of a traditional picnic proms event.“
29th January 2020
CHANCES TO WIN TICKETS TO RUSSELL’S SPRING TOUR …
Sainsbury’s magazine (online) is offering up to five opportunities to win tickets to see Russell in concert during his Spring Tour.
If you might be interested in reading more, or entering the draw, please visit the “Sainsbury’s magazine” web page before entries close at 11.59 pm on 29th February.
24th January 2020
PERFORMING AT HALE BARNS CARNIVAL …
Announced earlier this afternoon … Russell is to headline on the opening evening of the weekend of events at Hale Barns Carnival to be held on St Ambrose Playing Fields, Wicker Lane, Hale, Cheshire on the evening of Friday 17th July 2020.
Tickets via Ticketmaster.
23rd January 2020
PERFORMING AT THE GLOBAL AWARDS …
Not only are Russell and Aled Jones shortlisted for an award at this year’s Global Awards at Hammersmith’s Eventim Apollo Theatre on Thursday 5th March 2020 but they are to perform at that event as well.
You can help to boost their chances of winning by voting for them in the first round which ends on Sunday 2nd February. Please do cast your vote(s) in good time, though.
Go to : https://vote.global.com to vote
You can vote more than once (but not in bulk) and in more than one category if you want to.
The full rules are at : https://global.com/awards/2019/12/16/terms/
22nd January 2020
REPRISING THE NEWS …
The Mirror (online) has reprised the story of the Russell-and-Aled partnership as though it is something fresh but it’s still worth a read and there’s just a hint at the possibility of a new album.
20th January 2020
NEW DATE AT WARNER LEISURE HOTELS …
Just added to the list of performances at Warner Leisure Hotels‘ most recently opened venue is Russell at Studley Castle … one evening (most likely the Saturday) over the weekend of Friday 13th November 2020.
Booking is open now.
9th January 2020
A CHANCE TO WIN …
… two tickets to see the fabulous Russell ‘The Voice’ Watson ‘live’ on Friday 28th February at Crow Wood Hotel & Spa Resort‘s sold out event!
### Entry to this draw has now closed ###
2nd January 2020
THE GLOBAL AWARDS 2020 …
There are several categories in The Global Awards 2020 and Russell is a nominee for the “Best Classical Artist” award.
You can read about the awards by following this link to the ClassicFM.com site.
You can VOTE on this link : https://vote.global.com
Please note that you can vote in each category, not just for one artist alone and, it seems, you can vote more than once … up to five … yes FIVE … times.
Get voting, you Russellers!
1st January 20120
CLASSIC FM’s CHART OF THE CENTURY …
Russell and Aled Jones are at #97 with “In Harmony”
Russell is at #55 with “La Voce”
at #19 with “Reprise”
at #17 with “The Voice – The Ultimate Collection”
at #2 with “Encore”
at #1 with “The Voice”