Get up close with Russell Watson

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Russell Watson never imagined he would one day be one of the world’s most prominent tenors, selling in excess of seven million albums worldwide.

To date there have been nine studio albums, each one winning more critical acclaim than the one before.

Watson is officially the UK’s best-selling classical artist ever and has won four Classical Brits – and he is coming to Whitley Bay next month.

Watson’s collaborations include Pavarotti, Lionel Richie, Michael Bolton, Cliff Richard, Lulu, Sarah Brightman, Meatloaf, Mel B, Alexandra Burke andAshanti Cleopatra to name but a few.

A patron for many charities, the singer has raised millions of pounds for The Prince’s Trust, The Katy Holmes Trust and The Kirsty Club.

Overcoming two life-threatening brain tumours, Watson is still the ‘godfather of classical cross over’.

This year marks 25 years since he started his professional career and 15 years since he recorded his multi-platinum classical cross over album The Voice.

Russell Watson’s Up Close and Personal tour will kick off in the north east and at the Playhouse Whitley Bay, on Wednesday, March 4.

Tickets are available by calling t0844 248 1588 or visiting www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk