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Russell Watson brings Last Night of the Proms to Audley End on same weekend that James Blunt and Van Morrison will perform at the stately home near Saffron Walden

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One of Britain's most popular singers, Russell Watson, will take to the stage at Audley End this summer as part of the Heritage Live Concert Series.

His Last Night of the Proms show will feature the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra as well as composer-arranger and producer Mike Moran, coloratura soprano Christina Johnston and special guests The NHS Chorus-19.

The 54-year-old Lancashire-born tenor will perform an array of classics, from standards such as Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory and Swing Low through to showstoppers including You Raise Me Up, Bring Him Home and a Phantom of the Opera medley.

Russell Watson (44795171)
Russell Watson (44795171)

The Audley End show takes place on Sunday August 15 – the same weekend that James Blunt and Van Morrison will be performing at the stately home near Saffron Walden – and £1 from every ticket sold will be donated to NHS Charities Together, the collective representing, supporting and championing the work of the health service's official charities.

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 UK charts for an unprecedented 52 weeks while at the same time topping the charts in the USA, making him the first British male artist to attain a simultaneous transatlantic number one. The Voice subsequently became the first and only album by a UK classical artist to achieve sales of one million.

Audley End House and Gardens near Saffron Walden
Audley End House and Gardens near Saffron Walden

Watson's career has seen him perform for some of the world's leading figures, including 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, he continues to achieve remarkable chart success as well as selling out venues all over the UK and the world.

The NHS Chorus-19 was set up to bolster morale through song for current and former NHS staff in the Covid-19 crisis. The virtual choir, founded by Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, spread positive and informative messages alongside hitting the headlines for their versions of Somewhere Over The Rainbow and Come On Eileen last year.

James Blunt will perform in the grounds of the Jacobean mansion on Friday August 13 as part of his Once Upon A Mind tour. Special guests for the evening will be Craig Charles' Funk & Soul Show and the Hackney Colliery Band.

And on the Saturday (Aug 14), R&B, soul, jazz and Celtic singer Van Morrison and his support act, folk rock band The Waterboys, will be taking to the stage for a concert postponed from last summer.

For more details see Ticketmaster.co.uk.

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