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Catch two of the world's greatest classical voices live

Saturday, 17th November, 2018 7:00pm
Catch two of the world's greatest classical voices live

Aled Jones and Russell Watson are two of the world’s greatest classical voices.

Catch two of the world's greatest classical voices live

Aled Jones and Russell Watson are two of the world’s greatest classical voices.

ON NOVEMBER 9 Aled Jones and Russell Watson, two of the world's greatest classical voices, come together to release their debut album ‘In Harmony’, out via BMG.

Now the pair will take to the stage together for their first joint UK and Ireland tour throughout September and October next year and will be performing in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on Friday, October 18.

Having moved in the same circles for nearly 20 years and since becoming firm friends, Aled approached Russell to collaborate for his next big project. The album features a wealth of well-loved hymns, arias, and popular songs – ranging from stunning arrangements of ‘Ave Maria’ to more modern classics such as ‘You Raise Me Up’.

Ian Tilley, who has worked with some of the biggest names in classical-crossover including Hayley Westenra, who has sold millions worldwide, platinum selling All Angels, The Choirboys and Libera, produced the record. Internationally renowned composer Sir Karl Jenkins wrote one of the tracks ‘Bright Horizons’ especially for Aled and Russell.

The first single, ‘Where Have All The Flowers Gone/Here’s To The Heroes’, is a timely tribute celebrating the centenary of the end of the First World War and the 70th anniversary of the NHS - and to the men and woman who inspired a generation.

Aled said: “We loved the idea of honouring service men and women through our music - as well as our everyday heroes such as doctors and nurses.”

In Harmony is the end product from two artists born with a predestined compatibility. Here, both Aled and Russell have embraced the spirit of collaboration and friendship, while bringing their own sky-high level of talent to the table to create this beautiful record.

Of the album, Russell says: “What I particularly like is the way that it is not just a collaboration as such where I sing a verse, Aled sings a verse and everybody joins in on the chorus. It’s been really cleverly written and arranged so that our voices blend really well.”

Aled added: “This album has created a real excitement for me - singing songs I don’t normally perform on my own. Recording 'Volare' with Russell was a hoot!"

Their instinctive understanding of one another is easy to hear. From the grandiose ‘Volare’, a creative rendition of Dean Martin’s jazzy number, to ‘Silent Night’, the album’s heartfelt closer, the pair’s natural chemistry exudes throughout, complimented by force and grandeur of the orchestra.

Following the release of ‘In Harmony’ Aled and Russell announced that they will be taking the record on the road for their first ever joint UK and Ireland tour throughout September and October 2019, bringing their live expe-rience to some of the country’s most beautiful venues including the London Palladium, Gateshead Sage and the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

As two of the classical world’s vocal powerhouses, Aled and Russell have received countless prestigious awards, record-breaking sales and chart successes. Over his extraordinary 30 year career, Aled's outstanding performances have made smash-hit box office history. He is the original crossover star and has sung for the Pope and the Royal Family, received an MBE, released over 30 albums - with over 10 million album sales and counting - and has over 40 silver, gold and platinum discs. After beginning his career at the age of 12, Aled became one of the world’s most successful boy sopranos, releasing 12 hit albums in four years with the defining moment being ‘Walking in the Air’, the hit song from the family-favourite, Christmas animated film ‘The Snowman’.

Aled has also presented across BBC Radio 2 and 3 and BBC Radio Wales and hosts the Classic FM Sunday Breakfast Show. 

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