News Archive 2016 : April – June


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27th June 2016

Warwick Arts Centre announces the cancellation of tomorrow’s performance due Russell’s continuing throat infection.  The possibility of re-scheduling is left open for the moment.

Shortly after the announcement by Warwick Arts Centre, Russell’s Official website confirms it and also advises that Wednesday’s performance at Oxford’s New Theatre is cancelled.  Again, the matter of re-scheduling is left open for the time being.

The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, advises that it has not proved possible to re-schedule the performance that was cancelled on 23rd June and that ticket-holders will be given a refund.  Contact the Box Office : 02380 711811

25th June 2016

RUSSELL ON TV TOMORROW  :  Sunday 26th June  :  S4C

Russell’s fabulous performance at Llangollen Pavilion in 2011, when he was supported by Faryl Smith and Robert Emery, is to be shown from 9pm tomorrow night on the Freeview Welsh-language channel S4C.  It may also be available on BBC iPlayer and Sky channels 134 for HD or 280 (depending on any possible geographic limitations).

23rd June 2016

Tonight’s performance at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton is cancelled at short notice and tomorrow’s show at The Anvil in Basingstoke is also cancelled.
Please see this evening’s official announcement.

Cancelled  :  24th June 2016  :  Basingstoke
Songs From The Heart
The Anvil and The Forge, Churchill Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 7QR
Telephone  :  01256 844 244

See Official Announcement

22nd June 2016

As you’ll know, Russell is inviting local choirs to support his Songs From The Heart concerts and inChoir have posted several pictures in a video slideshow to their own Facebook Page and Twitter account … thanks inChoir!

1st June 2016

Russell is on BBC Radio Berkshire, talking to host Bill Buckley, about his forthcoming Songs From The Heart show at Basingstoke – from 2 hours 7 minutes.

29th May 2016

Making the most of the recent sunshine, Russell and Louise take some time down by the canal with their faithful doggies …

By The Water

Picture from @RussellTheVoice via Twitter.

28th May 2016

Sharing a photo from Masquerade String Quartet’s Facebook Page featuring Russell, looking rather thoughtful, with all of his musicians on the Songs From The Heart Tour …

All Together

26th May 2016

Russell ‘resumes from sick leave’ with the first of two back-to-back performances at the Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn.

A new date is posted for the cancelled show at Cliffs Pavilion, Southend;  it’s now going to be Tuesday 21st June 2016.


Tickets available …

21st May 2016

Team Watson announce the cancellation of performances at Cliffs Pavilion, Southend on Monday 23rd May and Ipswich Regent on Tuesday 24th May.  Read more …

20th May 2016

A new date is confirmed for the  concert at the New Theatre, Oxford … Wednesday 29th June 2016 just before tonight’s performance at New Brighton’s Floral Pavilion and tomorrow’s at York Barbican are cancelled due to Russell not yet being fully recovered from the virus.  (Click the inks for information for ticket-holders).

18th May 2016

New dated announced for the concert at the Charter Theatre in Preston’s Guildhall … Wednesday 3rd August  2016.  Original tickets remain valid.  Anyone unable to attend on the new date should contact the Box Office on 01772 804444 with a view to arranging a refund.

17th May 2016

Russell remains unwell, after picking up a viral infection, and has had to cancel tomorrow’s concert at the Charter Theatre in Preston’s Guildhall.

Those with tickets should contact 01772 804444 for further information.

15th May 2016

Russell has caught a viral infection and tonight’s concert at the New Theatre, Oxford is cancelled.  Click here for the official news release from Team Watson.   We wish Russell a speedy recovery.

14th May 2016

Needing sleep, we missed this ‘Newsflash’ from @RussellWatsonHQ late last night so, of course, it’s going to be this afternoon for those who are available to Listen Live;  otherwise, it’ll be on the Listen Again shortly after the programme finishes …

Tune in tomorrow just after 2.30pm to listen to @russellthevoice chatting live on @BBC3CR @Ollie_Bayliss

7th May 2016

After tonight’s concert at The Sands Centre in Carlisle you might imagine that Russell would be taking a little break before the next venue on Friday but, no, he’s off back to Rome for a few days to finalise the True Stories album.

30th April 2016

Russell’s bright new website is up and running this morning at the same internet address(es) as before. Well worth exploring, particularly if you’re interested in buying some of the latest merchandise online … there’s a new ‘shop’ page that accepts PayPal and major credit card payments.

Just be careful when you first click “Add To Cart” because the page appears not to change; don’t click “Add To Cart” again or you’ll end up with 2 items in the Cart. You need to click “View Cart” to see all your intended purchases but you can adjust the number of items, or delete something altogether, at that point before paying.

You can also pre-order Russell’s forthcoming album ‘True Stories’ now from his new site for just £8. It won’t be released here in the UK until November but that payment will secure its postal delivery to you own home a month before the official release.

Enjoy browsing  :
or  :
Either will work.

26th April 2016

Another radio interview this morning … this one ahead of Russell’s upcoming show at Hull City Hall on Wednesday 4th May.  He talks with Matt Hutchinson of Hull’s 99.8 KCFM about all the usual things but when discussing the huge number of concerts he’s undertaking Russell also slips in a remark about “planning some more for the end of the year”.  Marvellous!  KCFM archives its interviews and these can be played back or downloaded for later listening.  Click here for the KCFM archive or click to download and listen now in your own media player (takes a few seconds to load).

24th April 2016

Alex Belfield’s latest interview with Russell is posted to his “Celebrity Radio” YouTube channel.

It’s a great chat, as usual, and we hear a little more about Russell’s plans for later this year that include a DVD as well as the new True Stories album.

20th April 2016

Russell’s official Facebook Page announces that the online shop will go live on Friday 29th April with the ‘new look’ website.

20th April 2016

Hull radio station KCFM (99.8 FM) is offering three chances to win pairs of tickets to see Russell at Hull City Hall on Wednesday 4th May.  You’ll need to know the title of Russell’s autobiography to be in with a chance.  We’ll just give you a little clue here, but click here to enter.

20th April 2016

In celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s 90th year, Sony are to release a special 2-disc compilation album, For Queen And Country, this Friday, 22nd April, featuring a collection of patriotic songs and anthems by some of our best loved artists and bands.


That, of course, must and does mean that Russell is amongst those elite, on this occasion singing ‘Abide With Me’.

19th April 2016

Guitarist John Bailey tells the Lancashire Evening Post (page 3) about being on Tour with Russell.

14th April 2016

The lovely Eleri Sion and Russell had an extended chat (split by the news) on BBC Radio Wales about his upcoming Songs From The Heart concerts.  Great light hearted banter with Russell also explaining his affection (not really!) for MRI scanners.  Nice to hear airplays of Nessun Dorma and Without You, too.  ‘Listen Again’ (for the next 29 days) on BBC Radio iPlayer.  Scroll to 2 hours 5 minutes (02:05:20).

13th April 2016

Russell Tweets that he’ll be chatting, live, to Eleri Sion on BBC Radio Wales tomorrow – Thursday 14th April – just after 3pm

13th April 2016

Five concerts into the Tour, and a Star Break, and we’ve not seen any formal reviews yet. Some people like to know straight away how a concert went and others don’t want to know a thing until they get their own chance to attend, perhaps later in a Tour, so we’ve put together our own review of the opening night at Crewe Lyceum but, to prevent spoilers, put it on a page that isn’t visible in the website’s Menu.  You can get to it, if you want to, by clicking here.

10th April 2016

Tonight at the sold-out concert at Norwich, Russell is still smiling despite being somewhat ‘hobbled’ by his recent ankle injury …

Smiling at Norwich

9th April 2016

Russell appears to have had a little mishap ahead of his performance at Sinah Warren …

… but it didn’t stop him from ‘smashing it’ (according to Steve Flanagan on Twitter)!

7th April 2016

This afternoon on Twitter, Russell introduced his eldest daughter, Rebecca, to the fandom as the newest member of #TeamWatson.

Becca2Great to see the family business growing!

4th April 2016

Russell is a patron of several charities and he supports a small but active campaign called “4Q Cancer” (yes, you say that with a Northumbrian accent and it sounds like … you know … )  that raises funds and awareness in support local cancer treatment centres through the sales of good quality printed leisure and sportswear.  Russell signed one of their T-shirts for auction at a Gala Evening to be held later in the year.

4Q Cancer T-Shirt signed by Russell Watson


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