Russell Watson WITH THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC & THE NHS CHOIR

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THE NHS CHOIR

, 17th Jul 2022

Russell Watson will perform a very special 'Last Night of the Heritage Proms' outdoor show with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, supported by the fabulous NHS Choir at the Ardingly Showground in West Sussex, on Sunday 17th July 2022!

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Russell Watson WITH THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC & THE NHS CHOIR

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THE NHS CHOIR

Conducted by DAVID ARNOLD + FEATURING MIKE MORAN & CHRISTINA JOHNSTON


17th Jul 2022

NB. Re-scheduled date - original tickets remain valid.

STAGE TIMES (Approximate and subject to change)

Gates open 4pm

MARK KINGSWOOD 530pm

THE NHS CHOIR 645pm

SPITFIRE FLYPAST 8pm

RUSSELL WATSON with ROYAL PHILHARMONIC 830pm

(Music ends 10pm with fireworks display)

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 VIP package it entitles you to 'hospitality' allowing admission to the VIP Guest Area, which includes VIP bar, VIP toilets and relaxed unreserved seating inside the grandstand and also adjoining grass area with picnic tables.

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!

Very special guests for the summer show will be The NHS Choir! The Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Voices Choir were first seen on Gareth Malone's BBC2 show, Sing While You Work, where they were narrowly beaten in the final. Since then they have gone from strength-to-strength.

The choir rode an overwhelming wave of support from the public and the media as they landed the much-coveted Christmas No.1. spot in the official UK chart in 2015 with their single A Bridge Over You, alongside kind words from Justin Bieber who they beat in the chart race.

Following this success, the choir recorded their debut album Something Inside So Strong, as well as performing at prestigious events and venues including the FA Cup Final, the Royal Albert Hall, and the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury.

Last year the choir recorded a new version of Justin Bieber’s song Holy with Bieber himself, recorded at Abbey Road Studios, and performed alongside Michael Ball and Captain Sir Tom Moore for a recording of You’ll Never Walk Alone, with profits going towards the NHS Charities Together.

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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GENERAL TRAVEL INFORMATION

If you are coming to the concerts, please be aware that the road infrastructure surrounding the showground in Ardingly is very limited, so allow as much time as possible for your journey to and from the venue. Should there be traffic delays, with the current hot weather, please make sure you bring plenty of water with you. There will be water points throughout the concert area to fill up when you arrive.

There is strictly no parking outside the Showground on the surrounding roads or verges and all cars MUST be parked within the showground. North and South Gate will be open for parking (pre-booked with tickets or pay on arrival by cash or card). This will enable you to park close to the entrance to the concert which is at the very back of the showground.

There is a very limited bus Metrobus service number 272, to and from the showground on Friday and Saturday. Please check the timetable before travelling: www.metrobus.co.uk/services/MB/272?date=2022-07-14&direction=outbound

Please book taxis in advance for both traveling to and returning from the concerts. There is a list of taxi numbers at www.heritagelive.net/venues/south-of-england-showground

The South of England Event Centre is set in the beautiful Sussex countryside in a rural village location - we ask that you are mindful and considerate of the local residents in the area.

We hope you enjoy the concert ☺️

CAR PARKING/ TRANSPORT

Please note that car parking tickets can be purchased in advance when you book your concert ticket, via our many ticket agents. Car parking tickets can also be purchased on the night for £10 per car. Please be aware that the road infrastructure surrounding Ardingly is very limited, so please allow plenty of time for your journey to and from the venue. Please be patient and respectful to our staff and neighbours.

For more information, please refer to the GETTING HERE section of the Ardingly Showground for detailed information on your various transport option

PLEASE NOTE. Only use the official car parks provided. Do not attempt to park on any grass verges or private residential streets - or your vehicle will be seized and towed away!

FOOD, ALCOHOL, CAMPING CHAIRS

Customers are permitted to bring in a picnic in a small/ medium sized rucksack to this Russell Watson picnic concert, although alcohol must be purchased on site. Small camping chairs with a blanket are also permitted and deck chairs will be available to hire for the evening at £7 each

ACCESS / DISABLED CUSTOMERS

For discounted disabled tickets, please purchase your tickets via Ticketmaster online at www.ticketmaster.co.uk. Please note that if you also require a space on our Disabled Viewing Platform (DVP) and/or a space in our disabled car parks, you MUST book this option when buying your concert tickets via Ticketmaster. Spaces on the DVP and within the Disabled Car Parks cannot be booked separately, or at a later date. Please note these tickets are sold on a first-come-first-served basis.

VIP PACKAGES

A limited number of VIP Packages are available to buy, which include a 'front arena concert ticket' and on entry to the VIP Compound in the Norfolk Pavilion:

> Free glass of bubbly upon arrival

> Access to the VIP/ Guest Area which includes VIP toilets and a VIP Bar

> A seat (unreserved) in one of our tiered 'Grandstands' offering great views of the stage

> meals available to order from our VIP caterers for dining within the Norfolk Pavilion - adjoining the Guest Area and Grandstands


Please purchase VIP Packages via TICKETMASTER by clicking here.

CHILDREN

Children aged 14 and under may purchase a Child Ticket (proof may be required upon entry). All children must be accompanied by an adult. Under 5’s free (no ticket required).

COVID 19

Please note that all Government advice and guidelines with relation to Covid-19 will apply, ensuring you have a safe and enjoyable concert experience.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?

Alcohol must be purchased on site. Customers are permitted to bring in a picnic in a small/ medium sized rucksack to this Russell Watson picnic concert. Small camping chairs with a blanket are also permitted and deck chairs will be available to hire for the evening at £7 each. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Covid-19 guidance and regulations, if applicable, will apply. A limited number of VIP Packages are available.

If you are coming to the concerts, please be aware that the road infrastructure surrounding the showground in Ardingly is very limited, so allow as much time as possible for your journey to and from the venue. Should there be traffic delays, with the current hot weather, please make sure you bring plenty of water with you. There will be water points throughout the concert area to fill up when you arrive.

There is strictly no parking outside the Showground on the surrounding roads or verges and all cars MUST be parked within the showground. North and South Gate will be open for parking (pre-booked with tickets or pay on arrival by cash or card). This will enable you to park close to the entrance to the concert which is at the very back of the showground.