Latest News : 2020

We list all the public performances that we
know about over on the Appearances page.
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27th November 2020

CHARTING   … 

Probably not intended but Russell and Aled Jones are neck-and-neck in the  Official Classical Artist Albums Chart  tonight as Russell’s “20” regains its upward momentum and Aled’s “Blessings” slips one place.

Russell is at No 5.

The pair’s earlier collaborations, “In Harmony” and “Back In Harmony” have also risen markedly and tonight stand at No. 30 (up from 43) and No. 35 (up from 46).

PARTING   …

Tonight Hollie Arnold MBE left the castle but not before Russell had treated them all to some scales and a quick but utterly fantastic few bars of Nessun Dorma.

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19th November 2020

SPOOKED   …

To win rewards for the whole crew, Russell has to convince them that he’s seen a ghost …

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18th November 2020

YUK  !!    BUT  WELL  DONE   …

Russell chipped a tooth but he and Ruthie brought home the “bacon” for suppers.

Every cloud has a silver lining.

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17th November 2020

HEADING  TO  THE  CASTLE   …

So   …    all those “rumours” were true   …   of course   …

Best wishes, Russell.

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16th November 2020 

 HELLO!  MAGAZINE   … 

The Hello! magazine article is available to buy in digital format from outlets such as Zinio.

Russell and Louise are featured … with several superb new pictures … over pages 6 to 12.

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IN MUSIC WEEK … 

Russell is featured in the latest edition of  Music Week  magazine.

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15th November 2020 

 IN  HELLO!  MAGAZINE   … 

According to Russell’s own Instagram account, he and Louise are featured in this coming week’s HELLO! magazine with an exclusive interview and photo shoot.

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8th November 2020

MORE  ON  “I’M  A  CELEBRITY”   …

Russell’s absence from the line-up revealed on tonight’s “I’m A Celebrity” may be explained in this article in the Mirror

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6th November 2020

“20”  …   STAYS  AT  # 1   … 

“20” stays at # 1 for a second week on the Official Chart Company’s Classical Artist Albums Chart.

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3rd November 2020

NEW  DATE  FOR  BUXTON  OPERA  HOUSE   …

The latest revision for Russell’s concert at Buxton Opera House, where he filmed his advertisement  for the album “20”,  has been given as Sunday 31st October 2021 … All Hallows Eve … with a 3.00 pm start..

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30th October 2020

“20”  …   GOES  STRAIGHT  TO  # 1    …

… and Russell says “Thank you” to everyone who helped it get there.  It has also gone straight to # 10 in the wider chart for all albums.

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29th October 2020

“20”  …   TRACK  BY  TRACK  WITH  RUSSELL   …   #2

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28th October 2020

“20”  …   TRACK  BY  TRACK  WITH  RUSSELL   …


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26th October 2020

“20”  COULD  BE  “1”  THIS  WEEK   …

Russell’s new album,  “20“,  enters the mid-week Official Albums Chart Update Top 100 at #7 and is on course for a high entry in the Classical Artists Album Chart when that’s published later this week.

Great news!

Also, while looking at the charts it was good to see that both ‘In Harmony’ and ‘Back In Harmony‘ have re-entered to Official Classical Artist Album chart at #42 and #41 respectively.

ON  TV  TOMORROW  AND  WEDNESDAY   …

Russell is expected to put in appearances on two TV stations this week.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, he’s to be on Channel 4’s “Steph’s Packed Lunch

On Wednesday he’s expected to be on Channel 5’s “The Jeremy Vine Show“.

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24th October 2020

HE’S  A  CELEBRITY   …

An “exclusive” report from Andy Halls in  The Sun  newspaper (available online).

The new series of  I’m A Celebrity – Get Me Out Of Here  is expected to be broadcast this November.

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23rd October 2020

“20”  IS  OUT  NOW   …

The album is released today!

If your copy hasn’t yet arrived in the post you can get a flavour of all the tracks thanks to Russell having put them on his YouTube channel.

Visit the “russellwatsontv” channel on YouTube to see all the new tracks and more!

Thank you, Russell.

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RUSSELL  TO  ‘STREAM’  AN  EVENT  IN  DECEMBER   …

Plans are afoot for Russell to record a ‘virtual concert’ (for want of a better term) and he is currently in London to record material at the Union Chapel.   The performance will then be streamed on the internet to subscribers on Friday 11th December from 7.30 pm

Virtual Christmas concert

To subscribe to this event,   click here.

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21st October 2020

RUSSELL  ON  ITV1  TOMORROW  … 

RUSSELL  IS  FEATURED  IN  THIS  WEEK’S  “OK!”  MAGAZINE  …

“OK!” is a weekly magazine and we’re told that Russell has a feature in the current edition … Number 1260, dated 27.10.20 (that’s the ‘week ending’).

The article doesn’t (yet?) appear to be available online.

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19th October 2020

NUMEROUS  CHANGES  TO  DATES  NEXT  YEAR   …

Many of the venues at which Russell was supposed to appear next year have changed their web pages to reflect postponed (or further postponed) dates.

Please see our  “Appearances” pages for the most recent changes.

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18th October 2020

ON  AIR  &  IN  PRINT   …

Russell was on commercial radio station Radio Scala earlier and his conversation with Chris Rogers is now available to listen again from 1 hour 17 minutes and about 10 seconds in, with a track-play of “Il Gladiatore“.  Russell also chose “Intermezzo” for an air-play.  Great choice, Russell.  Lovely!

He’s also been on Michael Ball‘s Radio 2 programme and that is also available now.  You can ‘Listen Again’ from 1 hour 31 minutes and about 32 seconds.  Another good chat and finished with “Il Gladiatore“.

Following that radio conversation Russell could be found on BBC Songs Of Praise singing “You Raise Me Up”.  That should be available on their web page for the next month.

Russell could also be heard on BBC Radio Ulster this afternoon talking with Kerry McLean and offering his own thoughts on the new album.  Kerry has a nice way of leading into a topic and letting her guests answer without interruption.   “Thank you.” Kerry (and Russell, of course).  From 1 hour 14 minutes and about 40 seconds in …

He’s also featured in the “Review” section of today’s Sunday Express newspaper.  We haven’t found an online version of that yet, sorry.

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15th October 2020

ON  BBC  RADIO  STOKE   …

Russell was on this evening’s Radio Stoke with Louise Stones in a marathon chat punctuated with some decent music, too (though not Russell’s).

From 1 hour 22 minutes

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SECRETS  OF  THE  SHED   …

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The radio phone-ins to promote the new album continue and today Russell was on BBC Radio Lincolnshire in conversation with Carla Greene.  He was talking about having spent some of his enforced time at home in clearing out his garden shed when Carla asked about certain items of clothing … ‘CozPlay’ outfits you might call them these days … which Russell agreed had been kept from days gone by when he and his friends would return home from wherever and …well … have a listen for yourselves.

Listen from 1 hour 15 minutes (1:14:54)  on BBC Sounds.

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14th October 2020

BBC SONGS OF PRAISE   …

UPDATE  :  Russell is  expected on the BBC Songs Of Praise to be aired on Sunday 18th October.

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The preview pages for BBC Songs Of Praise on Sunday 18th October and 25th October are now showing on their web site and Russell isn’t mentioned as appearing on either of them so perhaps we shall have to wait a little longer.

ON  THE  RADIO  AGAIN   …

Russell was on BBC Radio Wiltshire this afternoon with Graham Rogers.
Listen Again
  from just about 37 minutes in.

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Russell is shown as being in conversation with Kerry McLean on her Radio Ulster programme this coming Sunday …

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13th October 2020

ON  THE  RADIO  AGAIN   …

Russell ought to have been on BBC Radio Derby yesterday but there seemed to have been some hitch which was rectified this afternoon with a very good chat with Steve Jordan.

BBC Radio Derby  :  Steve Jordan  :  From 1 hour 16 minutes   (1:16:18)

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12th October 2020

ALL  DAY  ON  THE  RADIO   …

Russell must have spent most of the day in his home office as he was on several BBC local radio stations.  You can Listen Again to each of them, as below, for the next 28 days after which the links will ‘expire’ …

BBC Radio Manchester  :  Mike Sweeney  :  From 1 hour 31 minutes  (1:31:10)

BBC Radio Surrey  :  Sarah Gorrell  :  From 1 hour 38 minutes  (1:38:48)

BBC Radio Nottingham  :  Mid-Morning  :  From 23 minutes  (0:23:22)

BBC Radio Kent  :  Pat Marsh  :  From 16 minutes  (0:16:45)

BBC Radio Scotland  :  The Afternoon Show  :  From 2 hours 12 minutes  (2:12:30)

BBC Radio WM (West Midlands)  :  Paul Franks  :  From  3 hours 22 minutes  (3:22:10)

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10th October 2020

FILLING  THE  DIARY   …

On the Radio Times web page, Russell is shown as joining chef James Martin this coming Saturday … 17th October.   Tasty !!

Also spotted online was a list of programmes on which Russell  might  appear over the next few weeks, as we anticipate the release of “20” on 23rd October, and immediately after.

Sunday
18th October  :  BBC Radio 2  :  MICHAEL BALL

Friday
23rd October  :  ITV  1  :   LORRAINE
Interview (with video?)

Sunday
25th October  :  BBC 1  :  SONGS OF PRAISE
Performance of a track from the album.
Possibly Ave Maria  or  You Raise Me Up

Tuesday
27th October  :  Channel 4  :  STEPH’S PACKED LUNCH
From 12.30 pm

Wednesday
28th October  :  Channel 5  :  THE JEREMY VINE SHOW
From 9.15 am

“Date to be fixed”  :  BBC 1  :  SONGS OF PRAISE
A further possibility, perhaps nearer to Christmas.(?)

Capture _ 20 _ cover

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IF  YOU’RE  THINKING OF BUYING  A  COPY   …

If you’re thinking of buying a copy of “20” by pre-ordering online, do check both the price per item  and  any additional postage, etc.  At the moment, for a physical CD we think buying direct from Russell works out about the cheapest.  Check this out first.

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8th October 2020

RUSSELL  ON  BBC  RADIO  MANCHESTER   …

Radio Manchester’s Mike Sweeney has it that he’ll be talking with Russell at some point (or points) in his programme on Monday 12th October.  Starts at 10.00 am until 2.00 pm.

BBC Radio Manchester  :  Mike Sweeney  :  Click here

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5th October 2020

ON  THE  ITV  NEWS   …

Read the full article for further comments from Russell

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4th October 2020

RUSSELL  PLAYS  GUITAR   …

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1st October 2020

IL  GLADIATORE   …

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