Singer set to sell out

Russell Watson
Russell Watson

OPERA star Russell Watson can be confident of a sell-out audience for his second Hartlepool concert as almost all tickets have been snapped up already.

More than 800 tickets for Hartlepool Male Voice Choir’s summer concert featuring tenor Russell have been sold five months ahead of the performance in June.

Tickets were due to go on general sale through Hartlepool Tourist Information Centre from Tuesday, February 7.

Only around 50 seats are currently left after the choir was bombarded with advance bookings.

The choir will be responsible for selling the remaining tickets.

Russell, known as The Voice, will perform alongside the male voice choir at The Borough Hall on the Headland on Saturday, June 16.

It will be his second appearance in Hartlepool after first wowing an 800-strong audience with the male voice choir two years ago.

Duncan Graham, chairman of Hartlepool Male Voice Choir, said: “The choir has always taken orders during January and towards the end of the month we pass on any unsold to the Tourist Information Centre but this year it’s gone berserk.

“The choir has also grown in size where we now have 80 members and a lot of people have approached members for tickets.

“Over 800 tickets have gone and there are about 50 left.

“I’m glad that we have sold the tickets, but I’m sorry that some people will be disappointed.”

A total of 889 music fans will pack into the Borough Hall to see Russell, 45.

Although most of the tickets have been sold, organisers are expecting a small number to become available through returns and cancellations nearer the date.

Previously, the choir has sold around half to two thirds of tickets for the popular celebrity concerts themselves before giving the remainder to the Hartlepool TIC.

Aled Jones and Lesley Garrett have performed alongside the choir in hit shows in the last few years.

People should contact choir members to inquire about remaining tickets.