Russell's raring to go for concert in the Park
Whatever your music tastes, there will be a day at Clumber Park's upcoming music festival to get you buzzing – with a rock festival, flashback festival and classical concert all taking place over three days.
The lineup includes re-formed Family, who got back together for a gig in February but announced Rockin' The Park at the Nottinghamshire venue would be their only UK festival appearance of 2013. They will be supported by Caravan and Asia for the main classic rock festival day on Friday, August 16.
The weekend also hosts Flashback Festival – a celebration of 80s music on day two – with artists such as Tony Hadley, T'Pau, Rick Astley, Jimmy Somerville and Go West taking to the stage. Finally, the third event is a classical concert with Russell Watson and his orchestra supported by Amore the Operatic Quartet on day three.
The event at Clumber Park will be one of the last opportunities to catch the British tenor Russell Watson in an outdoor concert this year as the artist is busy working on a new record, which will be studio album number 10, before a tour next year.
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"I can't say too much about that at the moment but more information will be announced soon. It's very different being back in the studio as opposed to a live audience in that I can go back and do it again. I have this thing, this issue, with perfection when I am recording. If I'm not happy, I keep going back. It might be a bit annoying for those around me," Watson jokes.
But with so much material it must be hard to decide what to choose for a single event.
"There are always songs, particularly for an outdoor concert, which you know are going to be big.
"It's a completely different kind of performance when you are outdoors. For starters the first section of the show is usually in daylight as opposed to in theatres when it's always dark on stage, under a spotlight and the performer not able to see the audience.
"I try and keep it upbeat and bouncy and fun for this kind of event. Everyone wants to be joining in and hearing songs that are familiar to them.
"So, for example, there will be songs like Land Of Hope And Glory and Swing Low, Sweet Chariot. But the second half becomes quite different when it goes dark. Everything changes.
"There are songs which are always requested by fans such as Nessun Dorma but it's funny because I am very conscious of the fact, particularly with this song which I have been singing for 20 years, that sometimes I have to leave favourites out otherwise I start to feel I am not doing them justice because they become routine.
"I haven't sung Nessun Dorma for quite a few concerts because it started to feel stale and I don't like that – I want to feel inspired. But maybe it's time for it to return."
So when not pleasing his fans, what music does Watson choose for himself? What was the last album he purchased?
He laughs: "Bizarrely it was the soundtrack to Walt Disney's Tarzan by Phil Collins. This actually came about because one of my daughters was talking about a song on the album she said reminds her of when I was really ill," says Watson, referring to recovering from two pituitary brain tumours several years ago. "So I bought it.
"I went through a lot of hard times with my illnesses. It was a very negative experience but I took positives from it. The fabric of where I am now is what I have survived and been through. It's given me a bit of appreciation of my life and friends and family and people around me and how lucky I am with my career. So when I sing now I sing with all that in mind and it comes through in my music."
Clumber Park, Worksop, Notts. August 16 rock festival day, gates 3pm, starts 4.30pm; August 17 Flashback Festival, gates 3pm, starts 5pm; August 18 classical concert, gates 5.30pm, starts 7pm. For full details on the event visit www.ukeventsandproduction.com