Hale Barns Carnival Sponsors: Morson Group and Beyond Group

Top tenor Russell Watson will launch the 2021 Hale Barns Carnival in style next month when he headlines an unmissable evening of Proms favourites.

The Salford‐born superstar singer will take centre stage on Friday 16 July at the start of the weekend festival, which returns bigger and better than ever after being postponed last year.

Russell will be joined by his band to perform a specially curated set full of Proms classics, including stirring anthems like Jerusalem and Rule Britannia, and Puccini’s aria Nessun Dorma.

The man dubbed ‘The Voice’ and ‘The People’s Tenor’ says he can’t wait to return to live performing and entertain Hale Barns’ audiences – while raising vital funds for charity at the same time.

The Friday night concert will support Seashell, with all profits from the evening being donated to the Cheadle Hulme-based charity which supports children and young people with complex learning disabilities and communication challenges.

The concert can take place thanks to the support from sponsors Morson Group and Beyond Group, both long-term supporters of Seashell.

Ged Mason, CEO at Morson said, “We are proud to be sponsoring this fantastic event, in aid of Seashell. After such a tough year, it’s great to see a return to live events with the fabulous Russell Watson supporting a charity close to our hearts.”

Jim Truscott, who heads Beyond Corporate’s corporate law team, said, We’re delighted to continue our involvement in supporting Seashell, and backing what should be a wonderful night in the company of Russell Watson.

“The pandemic has affected us all, but none more so than the children and young people under Seashell’s care – and their extended families. We’re acutely aware that charities like Seashell have suffered great difficulties in fundraising through the lockdown, so it’s a real pleasure for us to see events like this becoming possible again, and to be involved in making it happen.”

Russell Watson said: “When I get on stage at Hale Barns it will be my first live concert for 18 months. It’s going to be an emotional experience, both for me and for the musicians performing with me.

“Seashell is a fantastic local charity which does important work with children and young people in the area. Charities have been hit hard in the last year, so I’m also really pleased that money raised on the evening will be going towards it being able to continue providing those vital services.

“Last year was meant to be my 20th anniversary tour, but everything was postponed because of the pandemic. After Hale Barns Carnival I’ll be performing a small number of other outdoor

Proms concerts, and then my rescheduled tour will start in the autumn – now marking my 21st anniversary!

“When lockdown started last spring, I gave my voice a complete rest for five or six months, and as a result it’s soaring and feeling really fluid.

“Now I can’t wait to get back on stage and entertain people again. I’ll be performing Proms favourites along with a selection of the repertoire that I’ve recorded over the last 20 years.”

Tickets for the concert are on sale now.

In addition to individual concert tickets and weekend passes, special VIP pods for up to 10 people are also now available to hire, giving access to a premium bar, full attable waitress service and VIP toilets.