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.
29th October 2020
“20” … TRACK BY TRACK WITH RUSSELL … #2
28th October 2020
“20” … TRACK BY TRACK WITH RUSSELL …
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.
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“.
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.
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.
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
To subscribe to this event, click here.
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.
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.
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.
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
SECRETS OF THE SHED …
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.
14th October 2020
BBC SONGS OF PRAISE …
UPDATE : Russell is expected on the BBC Songs Of Praise to be aired on Sunday 18th October.
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.
Russell is shown as being in conversation with Kerry McLean on her Radio Ulster programme this coming Sunday …
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)
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)
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.
18th October : BBC Radio 2 : MICHAEL BALL
23rd October : ITV 1 : LORRAINE
Interview (with video?)
25th October : BBC 1 : SONGS OF PRAISE
Performance of a track from the album.
Possibly Ave Maria or You Raise Me Up
27th October : Channel 4 : STEPH’S PACKED LUNCH
From 12.30 pm
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.(?)
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.
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
5th October 2020
ON THE ITV NEWS …
Read the full article for further comments from Russell
4th October 2020
RUSSELL PLAYS GUITAR …
1st October 2020
IL GLADIATORE …