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.
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.
“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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Unreserved Seated: £50.00
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.
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.
Facilities at St Mary’s Church
Please note all performances will have an interval of approximately 20 minutes.
St Mary’s Church