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With a new album, a UK tour and a special Diamond Jubilee concert in the pipeline, Russell Watson has plenty to chat about with Jamie Crick.
Russell Watson lead the way as a classical crossover artist with a recording career spanning over 12 years. He has performed on some of the world's biggest stages from Sydney Opera House to the Royal Albert Hall, he has sung for American presidents, Japanese emperors, British Royalty, and even the late Pope John Paul II; and he has sung the National Anthem at some of the world's top sporting events including the FA Cup Final and the Rugby Union World Cup.
Five years ago the tenor faced a life-threatening illness and almost saw his singing career destroyed, but he fought back and is now back to his prime with his famous voice stronger and better than ever. Following the phenomenal success of his come-back album 'La Voce' last year, the Russell's schedule has never been busier.
This month sees the release of 'Anthems', a collection of Russell's favourite British anthem's including 'You'll Never Walk Alone' and 'Land of Hope and Glory', and a UK tour, starting on 2 June when Russell will host a special concert to celebrate 60 glorious years of Her Majesty's reign at Royal Albert Hall.
Russell talks candidly with Jamie Crick about his career, his illness and the people who have inspired him along the way...
'Anthems' is released on 28 May.