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Russell Watson to Perform at Scarborough Open Air Theatre

Russell Watson to Perform at Scarborough Open Air Theatre

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 4:09pm 23rd March 2012.

Scarborough Borough Council and Welcome to Yorkshire have announced the opera singer Russell Watson is coming to the town's Open Air Theatre.


The tenor will headline a concert at the outdoor arena on Saturday 4 August, with a minimum 32-piece orchestra.


Details of where people can buy tickets for Watson, whose songs range from operatic to pop rock, will be announced shortly.


The 45-year-old joins a summer line-up which already includes American singing legend Dionne Warwick (6 June), pop sensation Olly Murs (15 July) and boy band stars JLS (18 August).


Scarborough Borough Council Leader, Cllr Tom Fox, said: “Russell Watson is a world-class singer and I am delighted we have been able to bring him toScarborough.


“Behind the scenes there is some incredible hard work going on and a determination by the council to bring the best possible acts to this unique and special venue.


“I have said it before, but the people of Scarborough and the many thousands of people who visit this resort every year deserve the very highest calibre of entertainment. If you add to the mix the acts that will be coming to Scarborough Spa and the Futurist Theatre this year, as well as the major events and festivals that are being planned, I think we can be extremely proud and look ahead to the summer season with some confidence.


Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive, Gary Verity, added: “This is more fantastic news coming out of Scarborough and will be a significant boost to the town’s economy. The council’s ability to attract world-class acts to the Open Air Theatre can only enhance Scarborough’s reputation as a premiere seaside resort.”


Salford-born Watson got his big break when he was asked to perform at Manchester United’s Old Trafford ground. His debut album, The Voice, released soon afterwards in May 2001, was an instant hit, becoming the fastest-selling classical record in British history.


Watson, who also sang the theme song to the Star trek spin-off seriesEnterprise, successfully battled brain cancer and in November 2010 released La Voce, his first album since overcoming the life-threatening illness.


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