Russell Watson


Audley End, 15th Aug 2021

Russell Watson will perform a very special Last Night of the Heritage Proms outdoor celebration with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, supported by the fabulous NHS Choir in the beautiful grounds of Audley End in Saffron Walden, Essex on Sunday 15th August!


Artist & dates

Russell Watson



15th Aug 2021

Audley End


Gates open: 4pm

MARK KINGSWOOD: 5pm - 545pm

THE NHS CHORUS-19: 615pm - 715pm

SPITFIRE FLYPAST: 725pm - 735pm


RUSSELL WATSON (Part 1) with the RPCO, Mike Moran, David Arnold and Christina Johnston: 8pm - 9pm

Interval: 9pm - 930pm

RUSSELL WATSON (Part 2) with the RPCO, Mike Moran, David Arnold and Christina Johnston: 930pm - 1015pm

(times are approximate and subject to change)

Please note: This is a picnic concert and you are welcome to bring a picnic (with a sealed bottle of water), in a small rucksack with a camping chair and blanket. If you wish to purchase a reserved seat directly in front of the stage, please opt for a Golden Circle reserved seat in Blocks A, B, C or D, which are reserved 'theatre style' seating in front of the stage, arranged in rows. Please note that if you purchase a seat in the more expensive Block A, it entitles you to 'hospitality' allowing admission to the VIP Guest Area, which includes VIP bar, VIP toilets and further relaxed unreserved seating.

If you wish to sit/ stand on grass and bring your own camping chair and/or blanket, then please purchase a 'standing ticket' as no chairs are provided for this area, although deck chairs will be available to hire on the night.

Alcohol must be purchased on site. Please note that this is an outdoor concert, so please dress appropriately. Car parking tickets can be purchased in advance with your concert ticket, or on the night by cash. Please allow plenty of time for your journey to and from the venue as the local road infrastructure is very limited.

This unique 'Last Night of The Heritage Proms' show with Russell Watson will be conducted by legendary composer David Arnold and feature the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, composer and producer Mike Moran, coloratura soprano Christina Johnston, and very special guests The NHS Choir!

Russell 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.

This unique outdoor evening experience will feature a spitfire flypast and a fireworks finale!

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

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.

The conductor for the evening will be David Arnold who is perhaps best known for scoring five James Bond films, as well as composing the themes for Stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla and the television series Little Britain and Sherlock. For Independence Day he received a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television. Arnold is also a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.

The NHS Chorus-19 was set up to bolster morale through song for current and former NHS staff through 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.

Opening the evening will be singer, songwriter and producer Mark Kingswood. Mark has achieved roaring success with his first two albums ‘Strong’, and ‘Brave Enough’, which saw him lauded for his ability to modernise the perception of what a Crooner can be. His original take on Jazz and Pop has seen him achieve unprecedented support as a new artist from BBC Radio 2, including an Album of the Week, and an awe-inspiring session in the famous Radio 2 Piano Room.

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