We are thrilled to welcome “The UK’s Best Selling Classical Artist” to perform an exclusive and rare intimate concert on Thursday 3rd May.
“The People’s Tenor” makes his first visit to Rye to perform a unique close up and personal solo concert.
*** Due to high demand all unreserved tickets are SOLD OUT - Limited Standing tickets remain ***
His debut album ‘The Voice’ shot up the UK charts where he held the number one spot for a world record 52 weeks. At the same time, Russell held the number one spot in the USA, making him the first British male to hold the accolade of a simultaneous transatlantic number one.
Russell has sold over seven Million albums worldwide, and is firmly established as the UK’s best-selling classical crossover artist of all time. To date, his illustrious career has included performances for Her Majesty The Queen, The Pope and two US Presidents, plus collaborations include Meatloaf, Lionel Richie, Paul McCartney, Lulu, Alexandra Burke, Sean Ryder and the late great Luciano Pavarotti.
In 2016 Russell released is highly acclaimed album True Stories and has continued to perform to sell-out audiences across the world.
Russell will be performing many of his favourite songs in a mixed and eclectic programme plus a few surprises. Captivating to watch and enchanting to listen to, Russell Watson continues to wow audiences with his enigmatic and entertaining live performances.
We are delighted to announce some very special guests joining Russell and the band for this concert. Leading Mezzo Soprano Danielle Thomas and the Fidelity International Choir will perform a selection of songs handpicked by Russell.
We’d like to thank our friends at Concepts of Rye and Save & Invest for joint partnering this special evening.
He sings like Pavarotti, and entertains the audience like Sinatra” - The New York Times
We are also providing a special VIP package for this wonderful event which includes a pre-concert reception, premier front seats at the venue, signed CD and the opportunity to meet with Russell on the evening.
Why not treat someone special or get a group of friends together and have a truly unforgettable experience.
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SOLD OUT Restricted View Seated: £38.00
SOLD OUT Unreserved Seated: £50.00
SOLD OUT Premier VIP Package: £125.00
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.
She has regularly worked with Sony’s classical trio ‘The Priests’ and is looking forward to performing with them again at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall in June.
Situated in the heart of old Rye, and providing marvelous views over the surrounding area and coast from its tower, St Mary’s has stood for the best part of 1000 years and is home to the oldest still-functioning pendulum clock in the country . It has some fine stained glass, including a window designed by the pre-Raphaelite Burne-Jones in the north aisle. St Mary’s provides a wonderful setting for our live events throughout the festival and has hosted artists including Antonio Forcione, Sarah Jane Morris, Ian Shaw and Ola Onabule.
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Please note all performances will have an interval of approximately 20 minutes.
St Mary’s Church
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