TWO of the classical world’s vocal powerhouses will take to the stage for their first joint UK tour this September which includes a date in Bournemouth.

Aled Jones and Russell Watson released their debut album In Harmony last year featuring a wealth of well-loved hymns, arias, and popular songs, ranging from new arrangements of Ave Maria to more modern classics such as You Raise Me Up.

The first single, Where Have All The Flowers Gone/Here’s To The Heroes, is a timely tribute celebrating the centenary of the end of the First World War and the 70th anniversary of the NHS – to the men and woman who inspired a generation.

Aled says: “We loved the idea of honouring service men and women through our music - as well as our everyday heroes such as doctors and nurses.”

Of the album, Russell says: “What I particularly like is the way that it is not just a collaboration as such where I sing a verse, Aled sings a verse and everybody joins in on the chorus. It’s been really cleverly written and arranged so that our voices blend really well.”

Aled adds: “This album has created a real excitement for me - singing songs I don’t normally perform on my own. Recording Volare with Russell was a hoot!”

After beginning his career at the age of 12, Aled became one of the world’s most successful boy sopranos, releasing 12 hit albums in four years and is now a popular broadcaster.

Despite humble beginnings, Russell has become one of Britain’s biggest-selling classical stars. The two have been friends for more than 20 years.

n The pair will be at Bournemouth Pavilion on Monday, September 30. To book tickets, visit