One of the world’s most famous tenors will be giving a special performance at this year’s International Mersey River Festival in Liverpool.
Russell Watson, the UK’s best–selling classical artist, will climb aboard the beautiful Tall Ship Mercedes for a unique charity concert on Saturday 14 June at 2pm.
Based in Hartley Quay (in the dock next to the Maritime Museum and the Pumphouse) he will perform a selection of popular songs, including his latest charity single Home Ground which raises money for The Haig Trust Coming Home charity, the Falklands Veterans Foundation and The Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal.
The Liverpool gig is part of a series of concerts marking the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, and is set to be a moving tribute to war heroes of all ages.
Russell said: “I’m really thrilled to have been invited to such a prestigious event. I love the Liverpool Docks. This is a real honour and I think it will be a fantastic day for all involved. I’m sure that the people of Liverpool will come out in force to show their support.”
The International Mersey River Festival takes place from Friday 13 – Sunday 15 June and is completely free.
Liverpool’s Assistant Mayor and cabinet member for culture and tourism, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “It’s fantastic to welcome the ‘People’s Tenor’ back to Liverpool for the third consecutive year.
“In previous years he has wowed thousands with his performance as part of Music on the Waterfront, and we’re delighted to welcome him back for this special concert on board the stunning vessel that is Mercedes.
“Not only is Russell guaranteed to entertain the crowds, he is also importantly raising money and awareness of three important charities which really make a positive difference to the lives of others.”
The Home Ground anthem will be available to buy on CD at various locations around the Albert Dock.
The Haig Trust Coming Home appeal helps provide suitable homes for injured soldiers returning from Afghanistan in 2014. The Falklands Veterans Foundation and The Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal provide help and support to families and dependants of those killed in action and to those seriously wounded or injured in prolonged recovery situations. They also support soldiers wounded on operations by helping them find new employment.