Duo show their ability to 'build a rapport with their audience'

Duo show their ability to 'build a rapport with their audience'

by Henry James (October 2019)

CLASSICAL singers Aled Jones and Russell Watson showed terrific ability to build a rapport with their audience during their concert at the Liverpool Philharmonic on Saturday, October 12.

Natasha Hemmings was the warm-up for the evening and sung a selection of songs, such as Queen’s Who Wants To Live Forever.

Then Jones and Watson came to the stage and had just the right balance of chat with the audience and performance.

The first half included Cole Porter’s Night And Day, which can be found on their new album, which is being released next month.

Jones and Watson broke up the songs to talk and welcomed Ricky Tomlinson, who was in the audience and called him ‘Liverpool royalty.’

The second half of the evening was a belter and included the uplifting Funiculi, Funicula.

The audience were asked also to take part in the popular Volare, with one half of the audience singing one section of the chorus and the other half singing the other.

The majority of the songs were sung by both performers, except Walking In The Air, which was performed in a comic way by Jones and Yesterday, which was sung by Watson.

You could tell Jones was reticent to sing Walking In The Air, but he did reveal that he looks forward to the royalty cheque he receives every year from the recording.

Watson rendition of the Beatles classic was, although brief, very popular with the audience.

The evening finished on a high with You Raise Me Up and the pair came back to perform The Impossible Dream for the encore.

This may have been their first tour together, but the combination works. 9/10

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