International opera star Russell Watson delighted guests at a Chester restaurant on Thursday night when he took to the stage for an exclusive one-off performance sponsored by luxury jeweller Boodles and solicitors Jolliffe & Co.
120 diners at the opulent Opera Grill on Pepper Street looked on in wonder as the People’s Tenor and four times Classical Brit Awards winner sang a selection of tracks from albums spanning his career of more than 25 years, including Ave Maria, When I Fall In Love, Jerusalem and You Raise Me Up.
Audience members danced and cheered as the Salford born singer, whose debut album, The Voice, in 2001, became the fastest selling classical album since the Three Tenors, performed the iconic numbers.
It was indeed an unusually intimate show for the tenor, whose previous audiences include the late Pope John Paul II, former U.S Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and the queen.
Tim Crutchley, a director at Individual Restaurants, the company that owns Opera Grill, said: “It was an incredible evening. Guests who had seen him at the Royal Albert Hall said seeing him perform here in our beautiful restaurant was even better.
“Everyone was just awestruck by the performance.”
Guests also enjoyed a selection of sumptuous food and drink on the night including canapés, a starter of dressed Isle of man crab followed by Aberdeen Angus steak, a chocolate delice dessert with honeycomb and lime sorbet and a cheeseboard.
Aperol Spritz cocktails greeted guests as they arrived and were followed by a selection of wines and spirits.
Russell finished his performance in true English style with Land of Hope and Glory, with all female string ensemble String Infusion continuing the music until midnight.
The other sponsors of the night were Aperol, Rémy Martin, Bentley and Turmeaus Cigars & Tobacco, Chester.
November 2016 saw the release of Russell’s eleventh studio album, True Stories and the tenor will perform at the British Proms at Bolesworth Castle in Cheshire on September 2.