PLEASE NOTE THIS IS AN EXTERNAL EVENT
Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival proudly present, singing sensation Russell Watson at a very special outdoor summer picnic concert at the stunning and historic setting of Tonbridge Castle.
Watson, known as the “People’s Tenor” is credited with being the “UK’s Best Selling Classical Artist” and has sold over seven million albums. Russell will be performing his favourite music and songs from his stunning latest album True Stories in the amazing setting of Tonbridge Castle.
Since being described by the New York Times as a performer “who sings like Pavarotti and entertains the audience like Sinatra”, he subsequently released ten studio albums, each one receiving more critical acclaim than the last, and has sold over seven million albums.
Russell held the number one spot in the USA for his debut album ‘The Voice’, making him the first British male singer to hold the accolade of a simultaneous transatlantic number one. His second studio album ‘Encore’ soon followed, it became an even greater success selling almost two million copies worldwide. During this period Russell was rewarded with various awards including four Classical Brits.
Among many special appearances, Russell performed at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth games in 2002 where he sang to a worldwide audience of one billion, at Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Coronation Gala Festival 2013, the opening ceremony of the World Games, the Rugby Union World Cup and at the Nou Camp Stadium for the 1999 Champion’s League Final with Montserrat Caballé.
Other notable collaborations include Meatloaf, Lionel Richie, Paul McCartney, Lulu, Alexandra Burke, Sean Ryder and the late great Luciano Pavarotti.
His dramatic performances in stage shows have also earned him great critical acclaim, he played Parson Nathaniel in Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds tour and played the lead role of Karl Oscar in Benny and Björn’s (ABBA) Kristina where the New York Times said “Watson’s ‘Puccini’ ready voice was crystal clear”. His recent collaboration with Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg meant he fulfilled a lifetime ambition to work alongside the writers of the world’s most successful musical ever, Les Miserables, where Boublil and Schonberg crafted a body of poignancy and class to his new album.
This is a wonderful way to relax with family and friends, listening to the amazing Russell Watson in such a unique castle setting.
Gates open from 1.00pm, support artist from 2.00pm, Russell Watson performance from 4.30pm.
Concessions, Children under 5 years free entry. Children under 16 half price, children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
Bar facilities & food stalls also available.
Disabled access available at venue.
Venue: Tonbridge Castle, Castle St, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1BG
Details are correct at the time of announcement and publication. The organisers reserve the right to change the programme if circumstances dictate, and in the event of cancellations tickets will be refunded.
Tonbridge Castle Concert Sunday 9th July
Please feel free to bring your own picnic and any refreshments for Sunday July 9th.
We ask you to ensure you put all rubbish in the bins provided and take everything away with you at the end of the night. Alcoholic drinks are permitted but anyone found to be abusing this will be asked to leave the Castle grounds without a refund.
Please bring proof of your ticket purchase on the day of the event. This can be either as a hard copy printed e-ticket, shown via mobile devise or tablet and a physical printed ticket available from Tonbridge Castle.
Wheelchair access is provided at the venue, please do contact us for further information and assistance.
The event is an all-weather event so will not be cancelled due to adverse weather. No shelters are available so please bring a brolly or appropriate clothing if wet weather is forecast.
The Management reserves the right to refuse admission and may carry out bag searches to ensure everyone’s safety.
Children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Tables, gazebos, fires, barbecues, fireworks, lawn candles and naked flames are strictly prohibited and will be confiscated. The use of cameras and/or recording equipment is forbidden.
Please note that performances will take place in all weather. No seating or shelter is provided and refunds will not be given.
You are allowed to bring fold up chairs to the event.
No animals are allowed in the venue apart from service dogs.
£45 standard (lawn ticket) and £60 premium (front stage)
plus a £1.75 per ticket booking fee
Russell Watson performing Someone to Remember Me at the Royal Albert Hall in 2011.