IN a year when patriotism is sweeping the nation you will do well to find anyone more enthusiastic about the Jubilee and Olympic celebrations than the self-styled ‘people’s tenor’ Russell Watson.
Overflowing with enthusiasm about the upcoming festivities, Watson cannot help himself bellowing out a rendition of ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ when we speak, and he will be bringing that timeless classic and more to Waddesdon Manor for a special concert on June 29.
He is performing a number of Jubilee concerts around the country this year, and is excited about enhancing the party spirit with the help of a full orchestra.
He said: “It is going to be a year of patriotism in the UK and that will be reflected with some very inspiring pieces of British music and lots of flag waving. I will be going at full pelt and we will be putting on a great show to get everyone vibed up.”
Born in Salford, Watson rose to fame in 1999 with football stadium performances and has gone on to sing in front of audiences and leaders the world over, releasing multiple hit albums and beating a life-threatening brain tumour along the way.
But despite all his touring, the 45 year old has never set eyes on the Renaissance riches of Waddesdon and is looking forward to exploring the venue, as well as being excited by the concert and the outdoor atmosphere created by people eating picnics and sipping champagne.
He joked: “I imagine the more glasses you get through the better I sound.”
The only slight concern might be battling the elements of a British summer, but Mr Watson has a “good feeling” about this year.
He said: “It’s the Olympics, it can’t rain!”
Worrying about any potential downpours aside, Mr Watson’s main focus for now is ensuring all the preparations are put in to ensure the show goes without a hitch.
He said: “There is a lot of work that goes into the day and in a lot of cases it will be the first time I have worked with the orchestra.”
The concert will include a selection from his top selling albums and Last Night of the Proms favourites such as Rule Britannia, plus special guests.
Gates open at 6.30pm and the concert begins at 8.30pm.
Tickets are £35 for adults, £20 for children and free for under fives, and available now at 01296 653226 and at