Close up with Russell Watson at Derngate in Northampton

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Audiences have the chance to spend an intimate evening up close and personal with Russell Watson at Royal & Derngate in Northampton next week.

Watson is one of the world’s most prominent tenors and has sold more than seven million albums worldwide.

He has released nine studio albums, each winning critical acclaim.

His first offering, The Voice, held simultaneous number one slots on both sides of the Atlantic and spent a record-breaking 52 weeks at number one in the UK.

Watson is the UK’s best-selling classical artist and has won four Classical Brits.

He has performed for the Queen, Pope John Paul II – who requested a private audience at The Vatican – former US President Bill Clinton and the Emperor of Japan.

A keen collaborator, Watson has worked with the likes of Pavarotti, Lionel Richie, Michael Bolton and Meatloaf while also helping to raise millions of pounds for The Prince’s Trust, The Katy Holmes Trust and The Kirsty Club among others.

His latest concert tour comes to the Derngate on Friday, April 10, at 7.30pm.

Tickets for An Intimate Evening with Russell Watson – Up Close and Personal cost from £31 to £46 before fees.

The Simon and Garfunkel Story heads to the theatre’s stage next week.

Led by Dean Elliott, it tells the story of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel from their humble beginnings as a rock and roll duo, through their success, dramatic break-up and it finishes with a recreation of the 1981 Central Park reformation concert.

Using a huge projection screen, the show features 1960s photos and film footage while a full live band perorms all their hits, including Mrs Robinson, Cecilia, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Homeward Bound and The Sound Of Silence. The show is on Thursday, April 9.

Doors open at 7.30pm, ticket cost from £19.50 before fees.

To book tickets call 01604 624811 or visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk