An Evening With Russell Watson - Friday 25 October
Watson, known as the “People’s Tenor” is credited with being the “UK’s Best Selling Classical Artist” and has sold over seven million albums, and has been described by the New York Times as a performer “who sings like Pavarotti and entertains the audience like Sinatra”.
Russell will be performing repertoire of his most favourite music and songs from his most recent solo album ‘True Stories’. Russell held the number one spot in the USA for his debut album ‘The Voice’, making him the first British male singer to hold the accolade of a simultaneous transatlantic number one. His second studio album ‘Encore’ soon followed, it became an even greater success selling almost two million copies worldwide. During this Russell was rewarded with various awards including four Classical Brits.
We are delighted to welcome the award - winning Mezzo Soprano Danielle Thomas as a special guest at this unique concert at the Cathedral. Danielle performs throughout the UK and internationally and is known as ‘The Voice of Liverpool’ and also the Cities, ‘Singer in Residence’.
To book tickets please contact Winchester Cathedral direct on their website or call 01962 857275
There is a limited number of VIP tickets available for this special concert. They include premier front of house seats, a drinks and canape reception, early entry to enjoy the cathedral and a signed CD to remember the evening.
Russell Watson, known as the “People’s Tenor” is credited with being the “UK’s Best Selling Classical Artist” and has sold over seven million albums throughout his exceptional career.
Since being described by the New York Times as a performer “who sings like Pavarotti and entertains the audience like Sinatra”, he subsequently released ten studio albums, each one receiving more critical acclaim than the last, and has sold over seven million albums.
Russell held the number one spot in the USA for his debut album ‘The Voice’, making him the first British male singer to hold the accolade of a simultaneous transatlantic number one. His second studio album ‘Encore’ soon followed, it became an even greater success selling almost two million copies worldwide. During this period Russell was rewarded with various awards including four Classical Brits.
Among many special appearances, Russell performed at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth games in 2002 where he sang to a worldwide audience of one billion, at Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Coronation Gala Festival 2013, the opening ceremony of the World Games, the Rugby Union World Cup and at the Nou Camp Stadium for the 1999 Champion’s League Final with Montserrat Caballé.
Other notable collaborations include Meatloaf, Lionel Richie, Paul McCartney, Lulu, Alexandra Burke, Sean Ryder and the late great Luciano Pavarotti.
His dramatic performances in stage shows have also earned him great critical acclaim, he played Parson Nathaniel in Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds tour and played the lead role of Karl Oscar in Benny and Björn’s (ABBA) Kristina where the New York Times said “Watson’s ‘Puccini’ ready voice was crystal clear”. His recent collaboration with Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg meant he fulfilled a lifetime ambition to work alongside the writers of the world’s most successful musical ever, Les Miserables, where Boublil and Schonberg crafted a body of poignancy and class to his new album.
Danielle Louise Thomas is an award winning classically trained mezzo soprano from Liverpool. She is a versatile performer with genres of music varying from classical, classical crossover to musical theatre and also putting her own touch on popular songs.
Danielle is well known and highly regarded within the North West and is the singer in residence for the City of Liverpool, singing at civic events for the City, which include Citizen of Honour Ceremonies and Freedom of the City Ceremonies. These ceremonies included a performance for the late Sir Ken Dodd. She performed many times with Sir Ken and feels honoured to have performed at his very last ‘Happiness’ tour in December 2017. She is the proud Ambassador of North West Cancer Research.
Danielle began training at the very young age of 9 with a local teacher, Mr Gerald Hunt before attending the Junior School of the Royal Northern College of Music studying Voice and Piano. At the age of 11, she made her television debut on BBC’s Songs of Praise where she sang Rick Wakeman’s arrangement of ‘Morning has Broken’ accompanied by Rick himself, after being scouted by a producer from the BBC.
Danielle regularly performs in support of British Armed Forces. In 2013, Liverpool held the final commemorations for the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic. This started with the final visit from HMS Illustrious where Danielle was asked to perform on board after the mess dinner. Later that year, Danielle performed with The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth in a charity concert held at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. It was a dream come true for her to be able to work with ‘some of the most talented musicians’.
A commemoration service was also held at Liverpool Cathedral. Danielle had the honour of performing John Rutter’s ‘Gaelic Blessing’ in front of Veterans, HRH Princess Royal, The City of Liverpool and the nation. The service was broadcast live on BBC One.
One of Danielle’s 2015 highlights was singing from the Cunard building balcony in Liverpool at the memorable 175th Anniversary, 3 Queens Event to an audience in excess of a million people.
2016 was a significant year for Liverpool as the City held a vigil for the 96 Hillsborough victims. The vigil was broadcast live all over the world including Sky News, ITV and BBC One. Danielle sang a ‘Stirring rendition of Abide with Me’.
More recently, Danielle sang with HM Royal Marines with performances at Cadogan Hall in London, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and regularly works with Sony’s classical trio ‘The Priests’.
Winchester Cathedral Is A Landmark, Iconic Venue Situated Within The Heart Of This Historic City.
Fifteen centuries of English history lie behind the massive Cathedral you see today. It stands at the heart of historic Winchester, once the seat of Anglo-Saxon and Norman royal power, on the site of an early Christian church. It’s been a place of worship ever since.
Winchester Cathedral is the opposite of a dusty museum. It’s an inspiring space for daily worship and a busy community hosting a huge range of activities including fabulous live music to be enjoyed in this very unique setting.
Over 80 full and part-time staff and 700 volunteers keep everything running smoothly, led by our Dean and Chapter with guidance from the Bishop and expert advisors. Charitable trusts, foundations and supporters also make a huge contribution to keep the Cathedral at its glorious best.
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