The legend that is Russell Watson will be joining myself and The National Symphony Orchestra for one of our Great British Proms, namely in the beautiful setting of Bolesworth Castle, Cheshire, on September 2nd!!! The programme is set to be a huge celebration of all things British, with stunning music to reflect this from the four corners of the British Isles. Other guests will include the wonderful Only Men Aloud, and it is set to be an evening not to be missed, culminating in a breathtaking firework display! The concert will be conducted by the inimitable Anthony Inglis, a great favourite with Proms audiences everywhere!
Join us for this once In a lifetime event. Can’t wait!!!!
Wow, what a fabulous year 2016 was! Frantically busy, and loads of fun! A million flights (or so it seemed!), and some amazing destinations. Debut concerts with the award-winning Locrian Ensemble at Warners venues were not only lots of fun, but a huge success, with more dates to follow. And now for 2017……
As well as some fabulous cruises, and another summer as the Diva in the amazing show that is “Bravo!” on Regal Princess; I am thrilled and honoured to be touring extensively as the soloist with the National Symphony this year, conducted by the inimitable Anthony Inglis! Included in the tour are dates at some of the most beautiful of the Warners Hotels…always a treat.
And new for this year is the “Great British Prom” … four outdoor concerts at some of the country’s most famous venues, including one of my favourites, Blickling Park in Norwich. The programme will include favourite pieces from around our wonderful country; England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland will all be musically celebrated, the journey led once again by Anthony Inglis. Very exciting! Details of venues and tickets can all be found in the LIVE DATES section of my website.
I’m giving my full backing and support to the Gynaecological Cancer Fund right now, as Topshop brings out a fabulously warm and cosy sweatshirt to help raise funds. For every sale of the top (see photo!) Topshop will donate 30% of the price to this fantastic cause. I’ve been directly affected by cervical cancer, and came out of the other end, thank goodness. Sadly, many other women don’t, and are diagnosed with various types of female cancers every day. So go on, pop out to your nearest Topshop, or visit their website and bag yourself a seriously fun, bang on trend top, whilst showing your support for women everywhere.
Well, the day finally arrived. The weather was amazing as we approached the venue and saw the huge stage being put together! Wow!
I must admit to being incredibly excited…..to be up there duetting with the gorgeous Alfie Boe. A dream come true! And so it was…..the rehearsal went incredibly well, as I was performing with both the fabulous National Symphony Orchestra and members of Alfie’s very own band.
I’d commissioned a very special arrangement of Mozart’s Queen Of The Night which really did rock out! Had an absolute blast singing that!
Alfie was in fantastic form, and I especially loved his wonderful Quodrophenia numbers. I sat backstage loving every minute of his performance.
After our duet, “Cone What May”, and my four solo songs, came the finale. I had a very quick change…only just made it!….and on I came in THE dress of the night! The stunning Union Jack gown designed and made by my amazing designer Kevin Freeman. What a genius! The audience was in great voice….even my Mum joined in!…..and finally it was over.
I’d had a fantastic time, even squeezing in a great natter to Alfie behind the scenes. He’s such a generous performer, and a dream to work with.
There’s lots of photos in the Look part of the website, and a big, big Thank You to Alfie, Murray and the Boys, and Tammy his Tour Manager for the evening, who made sure that I was treated like a Princess!
Well, here’s the news…….I’ve been invited to be Alfie Boes special Guest at his Last Night Of The Proms spectacular at Delapre Park, Northampton on 19th July. How excited am I?!!! What a thrill and an honour. Alfie will be performing songs from Les Miserables as well as from his wonderful new album Serenata, and there is definitely to be a duet! I don’t want to give too much away about the programme…don’t want to spoil the surprise!….but it’s set to be a fabulous evening, that’s for sure! We’ll be joined by the fantastic National Symphony Orchestra, with whom I’m LOVING working this summer, and a wonderful conductor and friend Mr Richard Balcombe. Alfie’s own band will be there to add something very special to the mix, led by his Musical Director Murray Gould, who I can reveal is as big a fan of fish and chips as I am! Hopefully we’ll be able to smuggle some backstage for a pre-show feast! Extra curry sauce on mine! Tickets are still available, as long as my folks haven’t completely cleaned up! Booking details at the end of this Blog.
And I do have to say a huge Thank You to everyone at Littlecote Hall, Berkshire. The NSO, Anthony Inglis and myself had a wonderful time there earlier this month, and were treated like royalty. Everyone was so friendly, and made us feel so welcome, with a wonderful audience yet again. What more could you ask for?! A fabulous evening.
What a fantastic evening at Thoresby Hall last night with the National Symphony Orchestra! The venue was absolutely stunning, and the staff including Nick the Entertainment Director and James his assistant, couldn’t do enough for us. There was a wonderful atmosphere, as we all prepared to for our Last Night Of The Proms performance!
We were overwhelmed by the audience response….what a fantastic bunch….totally up for a fun evening and a good old sing along! The flags were waving and the excitement was infectious. Conductor Anthony Inglis is the perfect Proms host, bringing such a lot of humour and later some audience participation to the evening! The orchestra sounded wonderful as usual, and it was a joy to perform with them. It was also the debut of my specially commissioned Union Jack dress, and it was well worth the wait! Huge thanks to the designer Kevin Freeman…what a talent.
Can’t wait for our next outing next month at Littlecote House! Xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
It’s been a momentous year for me so far, and being invited to sing at the Blickling Park annual Prom in August marked a particularly poignant highlight. The weather blessed us with a gloriously sunny day, which was particularly lucky, as the days either side were filled with torrential rain and storms… Phew! I was looking forward to working with a fabulous orchestra under the direction of a close and long time friend Rod Dunk, my parents and many friends and followers travelled to swell the audience, and the concert promised to be a very special commemoration of World War 1, and all those who fell whilst fighting for our country.
No one, least of all myself, was disappointed. A beautiful programme, great fun to sing, was augmented with a specially composed World Ward medley, and a lovely Marie Lloyd favourite. Everyone joined myself and the orchestra for the medley, as well as for the traditional Prom favourites as the vocal finale. Fantastic, and very exciting to be part of! I’d managed to source an exact replica on line of a World War 1 uniform for the medley… right down to the buttons… although it was in fact a boys size, Age 13-14 due to my particular petiteness!! A little bit itchy, I’ve got to say, but I hope it brought a little bit of fun and authenticity to my performance! Ouch! Other highlights included a spitfire fly over by a female pilot (of course!) and a very special appearance by one of the horse “actors” from the film “Warhorse”, which was incredibly moving. A very, very special evening, I think all who were there would agree. Thank you Blickling.
A little footnote… I had the great pleasure of travelling with chef extraordinaire Rick Stein last week somewhere in Europe. He seemed absolutely lovely, and a real gentleman, although I have always missed Chalky the dogs starring role since his sad demise. Could I cheekily suggest a title for his next book/television series?… Turkish Delight?!
P.S. My debut with one of our major and most illustrious orchestras will be announced shortly…really exciting!
Well, I’ve just returned from the Mediterranean and the stunning Regal Princess on her Inaugural Voyage. I think I’ve just had the most fun EVER, rehearsing and premiering Princess’s new show Bravo, with the wonderful Production Company.
A totally gorgeous set of performers from all around the world, incredibly talented, and full of warmth. From the very first rehearsal, I was made to feel incredibly welcome, and now consider myself part of the gang! The show seems to take Princess in a new and very exciting direction, I believe. It’s like a concert at the Hollywood Bowl, with a beautiful set, and some of the most well-loved music of all time, including opera favourites, as well as some more contemporary songs! It utilises not only the theatre orchestra, but also the string quartet, and musicians from all around the ship, to give a full, lush sound, which is really exciting to listen to.
The premier was a huge success, and was suitably celebrated by everyone involved! I’m totally in love with my beautiful costume, and with the show. I shall be hopping on and off the Regal Princess from now until the end of October to perform in Bravo, the highlight for me being Verdi’s Sempre Libera, which I sing right at the end of the show as it leads in to the finale. Heaven!
Huge apologies for not posting this, my second blog, a little bit sooner. Life has been manic, and lots of exciting developments have been taking place since the website went live. I really wanted to have everything confirmed before revealing any news. So here it is……. I’ve had an amazing nine weeks globe trotting, taking in four cruise ships and over half a dozen countries, and meeting up with treasured old friends, as well making treasured new ones. Seabourn, Holland America, Cunard and P&O were the Lines that I had the pleasure of performing on, and must say that I had the most fabulous audiences on all of them. There seemed to be a special rapport with the folks on the Queen Mary 2 and Aurora, and I arrived home a few days ago full of stories to tell!
Now for that news………I am hugely honoured to have been invited to be the Guest Star of Princess Cruises brand new show Bravo!, which we will be premiering on board their stunning new ship, the Regal Princess, in Europe this summer. The show is based around an opera and classic theme, with breathtaking sets and costumes, and with the wonderful singers and dancers making this an extravaganza not to be missed. As you can imagine, I’m very excited, and can’t wait to start rehearsals on board in May.
My other exciting news, is my future concert engagements with the fabulous National Symphony Orchestra taking place from April to December next year, 2015. Theses will be mainly Prom programmes, with some festive Christmas concerts later in the year. These will be conducted by the renowned Anthony Inglis, with whom I’m looking forward to working with hugely. Details of venues, dates and booking information will be posted on the site as soon as they become available. I really look forward to seeing some of you there, and feel free to pop up to the stage to say Hi!
You can also find all of this in the News section of the website, along with details of other forthcoming performances.
P.S. Had the huge pleasure of experiencing Angela Lansbury‘s delightful performance in Blithe Spirit just the other evening. I was completely blown way. She is a Star in the real sense of the word. Xxxxxxx
Well, everyone, here’s my very first blog ever! I’m hugely excited about my new website, which contains the very first exclusive footage of my new contemporary opera arrangements, which are proving such a huge hit with audiences all around the world. We can now keep you fully up to date with all of my news and forthcoming performances, and I’ll have fun blogging on my travels in 2014!