Russell Watson confirms Last Night of the Proms outdoor summer show for West Sussex

Russell Watson will be bringing his Last Night of the Proms UK outdoor summer show to the South Of England Showground, Ardingly on Sunday, July 18.

Russell Watson
Russell Watson

The show will feature the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra featuring Mike Moran and Christina Johnston, plus special guests The NHS Choir.

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Spokesman Stuart Bennett said: “One of Britain’s most loved singers, Russell Watson will take to the stage for a series of outdoor concerts this summer, set to the backdrop of some of the country’s most stunning and picturesque outdoor venues, as part of the Heritage Live Concert Series.

“The Last Night of The Proms with Russell Watson shows will feature the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, as well as composer arranger and producer Mike Moran, coloratura soprano Christina Johnston, and very special guests The NHS Choir (Ardingly and Englefield) and The NHS Chorus-19 (Audley End only).

“Watson will perform an array of classics, from much loved standards such as Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory and Swing Low, through to affirming and uplifting showstoppers including You Raise Me Up and Bring Him Home, alongside a very special Phantom Of The Opera medley.

“£1 from every ticket sold for the events will be donated towards the NHS Charities Together, the collective representing, supporting and championing the work of the NHS’ official charities.”

Stuart added: “Russell Watson is one of the world’s most popular classical singers, once described by the New York Times as a performer ‘who sings like Pavarotti and entertains the audience like Frank Sinatra’.

“His debut album The Voice saw him hold the top spot in the charts for an unprecedented 52 weeks whilst at the same time topping the charts in the USA, making him the first British male artiste to attain a simultaneous transatlantic number one. The Voice subsequently became the first and only album by a UK classical artiste to achieve 1,000,000 sales.

“Russell’s incredible career has seen him perform for some of the world’s leading figures – from Presidents to Popes, and Emperors to Queens, including HM The Queen, the late Pope John Paul II, former US Presidents Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Barack Obama; and the Emperor of Japan.

“With his collaborative albums with Aled Jones, as well as last year’s compilation album 20, Russell continues to achieve remarkable successes in the charts, as well as selling out venues all over the UK and indeed the world.”