Horsham Living Oct - Nov 2021

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The Autumn edition is here - filled with amazing goodies. We've got an interview with legendary baker Richard Bertinet and tenor Russell Watson, lots of delicious recipes, advice on redecorating the guest bedroom and of course our amazing competition page.

Contents

A Note

from the EDITOR

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Guest

A Culinary Journey through

Northern

bedroom Ireland

inspiration

“There is something so special

in the early leaves drifting

from the trees–as if we are all

to be allowed a chance to peel,

to refresh, to start again.”

– Ruth Ahmed

There is something so special about

this time of year - it has a grounding

effect which forces us to consider

the passage of time and the tangible

changes around us. As the hues

of the trees shape our landscape,

we settle down into the embrace

of those cooler, darker evenings

- a sense of quietude before the

inevitable Christmas rush begins.

Our competition

page returns

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We hope this edition makes a good

companion to a cosy evening or a

peaceful morning with a cuppa. We

couldn’t resist the opportunity to carb

load here with an interview with west

country expert baker (via France!)

Richard Bertinet - sorry not sorry to

have you reaching for that bread and

butter...

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Editor Katie Thomson

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Baking legend

Richard Bertinet

Publisher Sally Thomson

Pre-press Manager Kate Norris

Contributors Peter Thomson, Sue Cooke, Matthew Biggs, Angela Cave,

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This lovely chat falls alongside

some delicious recipes and some

inspiration for the home and

garden - this issue we are focusing

on getting the guest bedroom in ship

shape ahead of welcoming visitors

this Christmas - well, fingers and

toes crossed we will have them this

year - bet you never thought you’d

think that!

It wouldn’t be right to have an

edition without one of our most

popular pages - the competitions!

You can enter all the ones listed on

the page, plus some web-exclusives

at minervamagazines.co.uk - you

can also opt into being the first to

hear about new giveaways when

they are launched.

We are looking forward to seeing

you again in December, where we

will be unapologetically thrusting

you into the Christmas swing. Don’t

say I didn’t warn you! Until then,

take care and enjoy this issue.

Katie

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OCTOBER HIGHLIGHTS!

Dad’s Army Radio Show

13 October 16 October

Showstopper!

The Improvised Musical

Ian Waite & Vincent Simone

Act Two

29 October 31 October

The Amazing Bubble Man

Box Office: 01403 750220

thecapitolhorsham.com

North Street, Horsham RH12 1RG


ADVERTISING FEATURE

AN AWESOME AUTUMN AT

THE CAPITOL HORSHAM!

There’s a packed programme of top

entertainment to choose from at The Capitol,

Horsham in the run up to Christmas...

Harpy, featuring Su Pollard

For those who love rock music, there’s

three great shows worth checking out:

The Illegal Eagles on Friday 1 October

celebrates the music of the legendary

West Coast Country Rock band and this

critically acclaimed show features the

very best from The Eagles classics. The

Best of Queen on Saturday 2 October

features a selection of the most loved

and iconic classics from Queen’s back

catalogue including an impressive 18

number one albums and singles. Think

Floyd: Through The Wall dubbed

the Definitive Pink Floyd Experience,

renowned for a stunning celebration of

the music of one of the world’s greatest

musical phenomenon present a superb

show backed by an impressive laser light

show on Thursday 7 October.

Harpy a one-woman tour-de-force

performance from national treasure Su

Pollard is a razor-sharp and bittersweet

drama about a hoarder on Wednesday 6

October. Theatre Weekly

2021 marks the 85 th anniversary of The

Capitol opening, back then as a cinema

called The Ritz and a new initiative is

to be launched to celebrate this special

year. Horsham Arts Club will provide

a regular line-up contemporary funk

and jazz music concerts that reflect the

best of the UK’s thriving music industry

in Horsham. The first of these nights

showcases “W3”, the resident funk

house band of Ronnie Scott’s world

famous jazz club on Friday 8 October.

Tickets include a free drink that you can

enjoy with free admission to the HAC

Aftershow where you can relax and enjoy

more intimate live music from London’s

top Jazz musicians in the comfort of The

Capitol bar!

Not for the feint hearted – Forensic

Pathologist Dr Richard Shepherd has

solved the mystery of many unexplained

deaths and worked on some of the

highest profile cases including the

Hungerford Massacre, the Princess

Diana inquiry and 9/11 brings his show

“Unnatural Causes” to Horsham on

Thursday 14 October.

Always a sell-out show at The Capitol,

you’ll need to book early for No Jacket

Required – The Phil Collins Tribute on

Saturday 23 October. An exceptional

12-piece band who incorporate all those

‘serious hits” into their show plus the best

from Phil Collins as a solo artist and with

Genesis.

Expect side splitting comedy, huge

vocals, mesmerising impressions of the

worlds biggest divas and buckets full of

energy in La Voix, The UK’s Funniest

Red Head on Thursday 28 October.

Andy Kirkpatrick: Mind Hour Head

on Sunday 14 November is a show

presented by Speakers from the Edge

which lets you share the journey of

Climber and Comedian Andy Kirkpatrick

on his journey from minus 50 degrees to

plus fifty, from battles with baboons and

bears to mundane things like climbing

walls and mountains.

ELO Again are back on Friday 5

November with their No. 1 tribute show

to give you a dramatic taste of what a

legendary ELO concert would have been

like back in their heyday.

Celebrating a fantastic 22 years touring,

Beyond The Barricade is the UK’s

longest running Musical Theatre Concert

Dr Richard Shepherd ‘Unnatural Causes’

Tour present a new show on Saturday

6 November featuring past principal

performers from Les Miserables and

delivers over two hours of the best of

Broadway and the West End, ending with

a stunning finale from Les Mis.

Keep an eye out in the next issue of

Sussex Living for details of this year’s

family pantomime Aladdin which opens

on Friday 3 December and runs until

New Year’s Eve. Presented by a brand

NEW production team including Zoë

Waterman as Director and Morgan

Brind providing the script, it’s going to be

a spectacular, action packed adventure

for the festive season.

Tickets for all shows can be booked

online at www.thecapitolhorsham.com

or calling The Capitol Box Office on

01403 750220.

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An enriching life like no other

Which school should my child attend?

Choosing the right educational

environment for your child is one of

the most important decisions you’ll

ever have to make as a parent. But if

you’re looking for a boarding school

for your child, how do you choose

the right one? Robin Fletcher, CEO

of the Boarding Schools’ Association

(BSA), explains.

‘How do I choose the right boarding school

for my child?’ That’s a question we’re asked

more often than any other at BSA. And

when you consider the UK boarding market

is one of the largest in the world, with more

than 450 schools of all sizes and types, in

all sorts of different locations, there isn’t a

straightforward answer.

But having such a wide range of choice can

really work to your advantage. If you know

exactly what to look for in a prospective

boarding school, your child will enjoy a

first-class education and gain invaluable life

skills, boost their confidence, become more

independent, and have the best possible

preparation for adult life.

The first key piece of advice I would always

offer when choosing a school is that it must

be a joint decision between you and your

child: they have to be happy with the final

choice.

As I’ve mentioned, one thing there isn’t a

shortage of in the UK boarding sector is

choice. You need to think about the best

location for your child: will they be best

suited to a large school attended by several

hundred students, or a smaller school

with fewer pupils? Would a school in the

middle of a city be better for them, or would

they prefer somewhere more rural? Would

they be best suited to a single sex or coeducational

school? Also, will full boarding

be the best option for them? Schools can

offer full, weekly or flexi-boarding, so you’ll

need to decide which works best for you

and your child. And is an academic school

right for them, or one that focuses perhaps

more on sport, music or more vocational

subjects?

Once you’ve considered all those factors

and you’ve got a shortlist of schools you’re

interested in, I’d always strongly encourage

you to visit those schools in person. This

is the best way to tell if it’s right for your

child or not, as it will be clear very quickly

whether they are comfortable there.

Making that final choice of the right

boarding school for your child can be a

lengthy process, but taking the time to get

your decision absolutely right is crucial.

Boarding will not suit every child or family

- but for the right child, in the right school,

it can offer an enriching life experience like

no other.

For further information about the Boarding

Schools’ Association, or to search for a

boarding school, please visit www.boarding.

org.uk. In 2020, BSA also teamed up with

Bulldog Publishing to launch Schoolplaces.

org, a dedicated live information resource

for schools, parents and education agents.

For more information, please visit www.

schoolplaces.org.

Image: Courtesy of Highfield and

Brookham Schools

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ADVERTISING FEATURE

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HIS

SUSTAINABLE

BREAD

HOUSING

DEVELOPMENT IN

GLOUCESTERSHIRE REACHES

KEY MILESTONE

& BUTTER

Richard Bertinet is well-loved and well-known for being the

UK’s baking ‘godfather’. His books about baking and his breadmaking

courses alike have delighted audiences for many years.

Sally Thomson talks to Richard to discuss books, baking and

BBC Maestro, where you can catch him offering the ultimate

online bread-making course...

HOW ARE YOU ON THIS GLORIOUS

DAY?

Making croissants with this weather! It’s

a bit hot in the kitchen but it’s nice to be

open again so all is good.

YOU ARE DOING WONDERFULLY

WELL AT THE MOMENT APART

FROM THE FACT WE HAVE ALL

BEEN THROUGH THIS RATHER

INTERESTING YEAR THINGS SEEM TO

BE GOOD WITH YOU.

We opened in April and we have just tried

to push everything we could this year and

last year. It’s very busy.

SO, PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO COME TO

YOUR CLASS NOW?

Yes, we reopened in April.

SO, THESE CURRENT RESTRICTIONS

HAVEN’T CHANGED YOUR PLANS?

No, we are Covid compliant and can still

have the same number of people.

In Bath 40% of the customers come

from the rest of the World so Japan, The

States and Australia. Obviously, they

cannot come to Bath at the moment so

we have a massive backlog of people

wanting to come when they can

travel*.

YOU NEED TO BE CLONED SO THAT

THERE IS ANOTHER ONE OF YOU

AND YOU CAN KEEP UP!

That’s true but there is only one of me

I’m afraid.

WHEN YOU FIRST CAME INTO BATH

IN 2005 DID YOU EXPECT YOUR

CAREER TO TAKE OFF AS IT DID?

I knew the concept we had was good and

if it worked out, we would have success.

When I first moved to Bath a lot of local

businesses gave us 6 months to survive

but that made me more determined to

make it.


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On his baking classes

for children: “It’s good

fun and nice to see

them smile when they

try something that they

haven’t done before. I

think it’s a shame that

so many schools don’t

use cooking and baking

anymore.”

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR

COOKERY SCHOOL - IT’S GOING

FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH BY

THE SOUNDS OF IT?

Well, the school has been going since

2005 and since then we have won a lot

of awards, we then sold the bakery and a

lot of things have happened in 15 years.

The school is so busy it’s a worldwide

attraction which means we bring a lot of

people to Bath. We won the South West

Tourism Award two years ago due to the

number of people that we attract to Bath.

We have a few guest chefs coming in as

well, but the core classes are with me

learning about bread making, as well as

what I write about in my books.

YOU HAVE SO MANY ACCOLADES

AND EVERYBODY ENJOYS WHAT YOU

HAVE BEEN DOING.

We pride ourselves on the services we

give our customers and also the way I

teach is quite unique - I’m very hands on.

Our school is quite small so it means that

I can spend time with everybody.

I SEE THAT YOU OFFER CLASSES FOR

CHILDREN, HOW DO YOU FIND THAT?

Teaching children was always very

important to us and we also work with a

lot of local schools in the area and teach

some classes plus talk to the children.

It’s good fun and nice to see them smile

when they try something that they haven’t

done before. I think it’s a shame that so

many schools don’t use cooking and

baking anymore.

I SEE THAT YOU ALSO WORK WITH

PING COOMBES.

Yes, Ping does classes for me. She

teaches Malaysian cooking plus stuff

from my book.

YOU HAVE PRODUCED 6 BOOKS SO

FAR. HAVE YOU GOT ANYMORE IN

THE PIPELINE OR DO YOU NOT HAVE

ENOUGH TIME?

I’ve got a couple of ideas but it’s getting

the time to do it and I like to write a book

for the right purpose not just for the sake

of it so I need to get the time and wait

until things get back to normal.

DO YOU FEEL THAT YOU ARE

GETTING BACK TO NORMAL?

Until we get all our backlog of people

who couldn’t attend last year’s classes

hopefully then we will be back on an

even keel but not yet I’m afraid. We are

open and running and there are some

businesses that can’t do that so in a way

we are one of the lucky ones.

I HEAR THAT YOU WILL BE GETTING

INVOLVED WITH BBC MAESTRO.

Yes, it’s been amazing. We have just

finished editing. I absolutely loved it! It’s

a challenge to do live broadcasts, it’s

recipe lead and different from how I teach

in my classes, but it was well done. The

team were amazing.

YOU HAVE BEEN ON OTHER

COOKERY SHOWS SO DID YOU FIND

THAT THIS WAS A STEP UP?

Yes, I’ve been on Saturday Kitchen and

on James Martin’s show so it’s a different

buzz being filmed live and you have to be

mindful of what you do and say.

WHAT IS IT THAT YOU WILL BE

SPECIALISING IN?

It’s specifically about bread and things I

like to do at home. It goes from making

brioche, sourdough to bagels, all that

kind of stuff and things to give people

the confidence to bake at home and feel

that they learn something. It’s going to be

good. The production team was amazing,

and I can’t wait for it to launch.

YOU ARE FROM BRITTANY HAVE

YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO GO BACK

RECENTLY?

We went to France last year, Provence.

We have a house down there and

managed to visit just before lockdown.

*At the time of the interview there was

uncertainty regarding travel to the city

of Bath.

BBC Maestro with Richard Bertinet

is available now at bbcmaestro.com.

The course costs £80 for 23 episodes

including written class notes for

each one. An additional bonus festive

episode is expected to launch later in

the year exclusively to subscribers.

thebertinetkitchen.com

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CHOCOLATE, ORANGE

& PISTACHIO LOAF

INGREDIENTS

150g good quality dark chocolate chips

75g roughly chopped pistachios

Zest of 2 oranges

50g mixed peel

1 tablespoon Cointreau (optional)

125g unsalted butter straight from the

fridge

125g full fat milk

3 medium eggs

500g strong white bread flour (plus extra

for dusting)

15g fresh yeast

45g caster sugar

10g fine sea salt

FOR THE GLAZE

2 eggs

Pinch fine sea salt

METHOD

Mix the chocolate chips, nuts zest

and mixed peel in a bowl and stir in

the Cointreau if you are using it. Place

the cold butter between 2 sheets of

greaseproof and bash it with a rolling pin

to soften it and break it up into smaller

pieces (without warming it up).

Put the milk and eggs into the bowl of a

food mixer and then add the flour. Break

up the yeast and add to one side of the

bowl. Add the sugar and salt on the other

side of the bowl.

Mix on a slow speed for 4 minutes.

Increase the speed to medium for another

2 minutes then add the butter piece by

piece until it is all incorporated. Continue

mixing on medium speed for 10-12

minutes until the dough comes away from

the sides of the bowl.

Stop the mixer. Add the chocolate and

pistachio mixture to the bowl and mix

for no longer than 30-40 seconds on

the slowest speed – you don’t want the

chocolate and nuts to become mushy.

Lightly flour your worksurface and turn

the dough out onto the work surface.

Form the dough into a ball and then place

into a lightly floured bowl. Cover and

rest for about 45 minutes until just under

double in size.

Lightly flour the surface again, turn out

the dough and divide into 10 equal pieces

of about 110g each. Form each piece

into a ball and then press gently into

cake or loaf tins until they are full. In the

picture I have used tiny tins that only take

one ball but if you use a larger one you

will have a finished loaf or two that will be

perfect to tear and share. Whether you

have one or two will depend on the size

of your tins. Cover and leave to prove

for about 1 hour until just under double

in size.

While the dough is proving, pre-heat the

oven to 190°C and beat the eggs and

pinch of salt for the glaze. Brush the top

of each loaf with the egg glaze and use a

pair of scissors to snip into the dough for

decoration.

Place the tins on a baking tray and

put into the pre-heated oven. Turn the

temperature down to 180°C and bake for

15-20 minutes until golden.

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COMFORT

When the darker nights set in, you

just want some go-to comfort food

recipes - and here, Waitrose has

delivered! Find more recipes at

www.waitrose.com

Calling

CHICKEN SHAWARMA

FLATBREADS WITH

YOGURT

Prep time: 20 minutes + marinating

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS

8 British chicken thigh fillets

3 tbsp Cooks’ Ingredients Shawarma

Paste

½ red onion, finely sliced

2 lemons, juice of 1, 1 cut into wedges

1½ tsp Cooks’ Ingredients Sumac

½ large cucumber

250g Yeo Valley Organic Greek Style

Natural Yogurt

1 small clove garlic, finely grated

15 mint leaves, finely shredded, plus extra

to garnish

4 Waitrose & Partners Hand-Stretched

Flatbreads

50g pomegranate seeds

1-2 handfuls wild rocket

METHOD

Slash each chicken thigh a few times,

concentrating on the thicker parts of the

fillet. Season, then rub all over with the

shawarma paste. Cover and chill for 20

minutes (up to 2 hours). Meanwhile, mix

the onion, lemon juice and sumac with a

good pinch of salt. Set aside until ready

to serve.

To make the sauce, coarsely grate the

cucumber and put in a sieve. Toss with a

pinch of salt and leave over a bowl for 10

minutes to drain, then gently press with a

wooden spoon to extract as much liquid

as possible. Tip into a bowl and stir in the

yogurt, garlic and mint.

Heat a griddle pan over a high heat. Cook

the chicken for 5-8 minutes on each side

(depending on the fillets’ size) until the

juices run clear and there is no pink meat,

then set aside for 2 minutes. Clean the

pan then use it to griddle the flatbreads

for 30 seconds on each side. Arrange

them on plates and top with the chicken,

pickled onion, pomegranate, rocket and

the cucumber and yogurt sauce, finishing

with the extra mint leaves and lemon

wedges for squeezing over.

COOK’S TIP

This recipe also works well with lamb or

pork steaks instead of chicken (adjust

cooking times accordingly).

COTTAGE PIE WITH

SWEET POTATO

Prep time: 20 minutes plus standing

Cooking time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS

1 tbsp olive oil

500g British beef mince

1 onion, diced

1 stalk celery, diced

1 carrot, peeled and diced

1 Oxo Beef stock cube

1 tbsp tomato purée

1½ tbsp plain flour

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

3 thyme sprigs

2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled

1 tbsp unsalted butter

METHOD

Heat ½ tbsp oil in a large sauté pan or

casserole dish over a high heat. Add

the beef and fry, breaking it up, for 4-5

minutes, until browned. Remove from the

pan, add the remaining 1⁄2 tbsp oil, lower

the heat to medium and fry the onion,

celery and carrot with a pinch of salt for

10 minutes, until softened. Meanwhile,

dissolve the beef stock cube in 500ml

just-boiled water.

Return the beef to the pan, add the

tomato purée and cook for 1 minute, then

stir in the flour and fry for 1 minute more.

Add the stock, Worcestershire sauce and

2 thyme sprigs and simmer for 25-30

minutes, until the beef is coated in a thick

gravy. Meanwhile, slice the potatoes

as thinly as you can and put in a bowl.

Cover with just-boiled water from the

kettle; set aside for 10 minutes. Drain and

use kitchen paper to pat dry thoroughly,

then lay out on more kitchen paper to

finish drying.

Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6.

Melt the butter. Tip the beef and gravy

into a medium ovenproof dish. Toss the

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potatoes with the butter and leaves from

the remaining thyme sprig. Season and

arrange in circles over the beef. Bake for

30 minutes until bubbling hot and the

potatoes are cooked through. Stand for

10 minutes before serving.

COOK’S TIP

Scatter grated cheddar over the potatoes

halfway through baking to give the pie a

nice cheesy crust.

CHEWY BROWN SUGAR

COOKIES

Prep time: 15 minutes plus chilling

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Makes: 12 - 14

INGREDIENTS

200g unsalted butter, roughly chopped

300g Billington’s Dark Brown Soft Natural

Unrefined Cane Sugar

300g plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

½ tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp fine salt

1 large British Blacktail Free Range Egg

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

METHOD

Put the butter and sugar in a large

saucepan and set over a medium heat.

Heat gently, stirring occasionally, until

the butter has melted and the sugar has

dissolved. Set aside off the heat for 5

minutes to cool. Meanwhile, mix the flour,

baking powder, bicarbonate of soda,

cinnamon and salt in a bowl.

With a wooden spoon, beat the egg

and vanilla into the butter-sugar mix,

then beat in the dry ingredients until

completely combined. Transfer to a bowl,

cover with a plate and chill for at least 2

hours (up to 24 hours).

Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4;

line 2 large baking trays with parchment.

Leave the cookie dough out of the fridge

for 15 minutes to warm up a little. Roll

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and space out well on the baking trays

(the cookies spread quite a lot during

cooking, so bake in more than 2 batches

if needed). Bake for about 15 minutes,

turning the trays halfway if needed, until

deep golden and cracked on top. Cool

for 5 minutes on the trays, then transfer

to a wire rack to cool completely.

COOK’S TIP

Ovens can vary in temperature, so after

about 12 minutes, keep an eye on your

cookies. Once they look set and golden

at the edges and start to crack on top,

they’re ready.

CHERRY & ALMOND

BRIOCHE FRENCH

TOAST

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS

425g can black cherries in light syrup

3 tsp Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Cane Icing

Sugar, plus extra for dusting

1 medium British Blacktail Free Range

Egg

250ml whole milk

½ tsp almond extract

8 slices sliced brioche loaf

2 tbsp unsalted butter

150g pot vanilla yogurt

1 tbsp toasted flaked almonds

METHOD

Put a sieve over a small saucepan and

drain the cherries. Set the cherries aside

and simmer the juices for 5 minutes until

reduced. Add 1 tsp icing sugar and the

drained cherries to the saucepan and

simmer for another 5 minutes, until the

cherries are coated in a glossy syrup.

Meanwhile, set your largest frying pan

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1 tbsp butter to the frying pan and, when

foaming, fry the brioche for 4 minutes

on each side until golden and puffed up.

Arrange on plates while you prepare the

remaining slices in the same way, frying in

the remaining 1 tbsp butter.

Serve 2 slices of brioche per person. Top

with a spoonful of vanilla yogurt and the

warm cherries and syrup (reheat briefly

if necessary). Scatter with the toasted

almonds and dust with a little icing sugar

to serve.

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FROM VINE TO WINE

Be part of the journey from vine

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CAN YOU

LEND US A..

Tenor

Ade Hill catches up

with ‘The People’s

Tenor’, Russell

Watson, where he

discusses getting

back out on stage

post pandemic, as

well as something we

can all relate to...

the great lockdown

clear-out!

Images by Richard Haughton/Raymond Gubbay Ltd

It sure has been a tough year for

everyone, especially for the performing

arts and theatres. How did you

personally find lockdown?

In some respects when it first kicked in

I don’t think anybody in the industry, or

the country for that matter, anticipated

just how long the lockdown would last.

So when we initially thought it was just

going to be a few weeks I thought ‘Well

this could be a good opportunity for me

to rest my voice, rest the infrastructure’.

I also wanted to settle down – I had

been constantly touring for about ten or

eleven years without much of a break.

So it was kind of going to be just a long

lay-off but it didn’t quite work out like

that! I remember when it started to unfold

it was evident that the lockdown was

going to be much longer than we were

anticipating and it was then that my wife

presented me with this great big long list

of jobs that I’d been promising to do for

the last eleven years, culminating with the

tidying of the proverbial garden shed. It’s

only a simple 8x6 garden shed, but once

I’d opened the door to it I realised that it

probably had a similar capacity to that

of Dr Who’s Tardis! There was so much

junk in there, I wasn’t able to actually

get through the door. So the first point

was to clear the doorway by emptying

the immediate contents onto the garden

lawn. The first thing I noticed was that

there were about five or six kites in there

that remained unopened. But the most

interesting thing I found was at the back

of the shed lurking were three bikes that I

didn’t even know I owned!

That’s quite a find! Now I hear that

in your lockdown sort-out you found

boxes of old stage gear, including a

suit that you wore to meet the Queen?

Yes, and this was all in my shed! It was

all piled up in these plastic containers.

I pulled a lot of it out thinking ‘I thought

this had gone years ago?!’. This beautiful

silk white suit that I had worn when I

received my first Brit Award. All manner

of stuff was in there. It was like Aladdin’s

cave. It’s funny because a lot of the stuff

doesn’t fit anymore, as it is twenty years

on. It is designer stuff, there’s Dolce &

Gabbana and Armani and all that. So we

bagged it all up and took it to the local

homeless facility. It was funny because

the guy rang me up a few days later

and said “Russell we’re so grateful for

the clothes, we shouldn’t laugh but all

the guys here are now walking around

in Dolce & Gabbana and Armani, it’s

brilliant!”

That’s really brilliant! It is great to

donate.

We’ve attempted to do a lot for homeless

people over the years. I’ve recently been

involved with a big project with The

Big Issue, to try to raise for homeless

people who at the moment are suffering

more than ever. With people not leaving

home because of the pandemic it’s been

incredibly difficult for a lot of homeless

people. I am a huge advocate for

supporting the homeless.

Tell us more about your 20th

Anniversary tour. How does it feel to

finally be able to go back to what you

do best?

Well it was the tour that was meant to

happen at the beginning of 2020. Then

it was moved to the middle of 2020.

Then it was moved to the end of 2020.

Now it has ended up in Autumn 2021.

It’s difficult to know what to put on the

tour poster. ‘The tour that nearly was,

then wasn’t. But then nearly was again,

but wasn’t. But might be, but wasn’t.

But probably could be but we just don’t

know’ tour. December 2019 was my last

concert in front of an audience, and so

this Friday (20th July) was my first show

for the best part of eighteen months. It

was an outdoor festival in Hale Barns

and it was just wonderful to get back on

stage with all my musician friends and

deliver a show to an audience that, you

could just tell, were long overdue some

live entertainment. It was such a great,

great night.

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On his 20th

Anniversary tour:

I’m very proud of

the fact that I’ve

been able to remain

in the industry for

such a long period of

time, and it really is,

from my perspective,

something to

celebrate.


I can imagine. Just to get out and

see you and also see friends again.

Because we’ve all had to give up a lot

of our life! What can we expect from

the tour?

It’s a collection of material from the last

twenty-one years of my recordings. It’s

the repertoire that I think the fan base

would expect first and foremost and

then similarly a few surprises in there. I

think it’s all the material and repertoire

that underpins the last twenty-one years

of my recording career. I’m very proud

of the fact that I’ve been able to remain

in the industry for such a long period of

time, and it really is, from my perspective,

something to celebrate.

Does it feel like it’s been twenty-one

years since you recorded your first

album?

You know what, when I think about

all the things that have happened to

me over twenty-one years it feels like

two lifetimes! But when I actually look

back in retrospect to, say for instance,

when I first went into the studio with my

producer Nick Patrick in 1999, it literally

feels like the blink of an eye. It feels

like it was last week! It’s such a strange

feeling, but life is like that isn’t it? I think

all those moments that we feel underpin

who we are, the successes in our lives,

the failures, the difficult times, they’re the

moments that we single out and they are

they key elements in our lives. They are

part of a big jigsaw, and when you look

back on them it doesn’t feel like they

were that long ago but when you think

about all the water that’s gone under the

bridge in between it feels like I’ve done so

much, and I’ve been incredibly fortunate

in my career as well.

It’s like looking at old pictures of

yourself back in the 80s. Did I really

have a mullet? I did.

I know what you mean. I look at pictures

from that period, particularly with

reference to my teenage years and even

though, stylistically, some of the stuff I

was wearing was odd, I just look back on

it and think ‘Oh my god, that was such an

uncomplicated period of my life’. It just

seemed like it was sunshine every day

of the Summer, and snow in the Winter

and everything just seemed so massively

uncomplicated.

So you’ve been busy with a new

album?

No, there’s no new album this year. I’ve

decided to take a year off from recording.

But last year at the beginning of 2020

I went into the studio to make to 20th

anniversary recording which was released

last Christmas. So they’ll be nothing this

year. I just sort of feel like I want to let

the dust settle on 2021 and then maybe

next year, if everything is fully operational

again and we have some sort of

semblance of normality, then maybe we

can look at another four quarter release

for 2022.

During your career you have played

at some amazing venues around the

world. Does it still make the hairs on

the back of your neck stand up when

you walk on stage?

That can happen for different reasons.

It’s not necessarily with regards to the

location I’m performing in. But it can

happen if I get a moment in a song where

there’s maybe a memory of a certain

moment or somebody that maybe I’ve

lost in my life and a memory comes

in. But with regards to being in venues

where I would most definitely look out

and think: “My God how did I end up

here? This is awe-inspiring.” I mean the

Vatican is one of those moments that I

can single out. It was just tremendous,

not least of all because the Pope was

there as well.

No pressure there then!

You know what? I’ve never really felt

pressure. It’s funny, it’s something that

was born into me and it’s not something

I ever really think about. I just go on there

and I do what I do. It doesn’t matter

whether I’m singing to ten people or ten

thousand people. I go on and I do what I

do, and I do it with the same enthusiasm

and technique as I would do it anywhere.

I remember doing the opening ceremony

for the Commonwealth Games, and there

was one of the yellow bibbed stewards

stood at the side of the stage. I was

waiting to go on and he said to me: “You

alright there Russell mate?” I said: “Yeah

I’m good thank you.” He said: “You’re

not nervous are you?” I said: “No, I’m

fine.” He says: “There’s a lot of people

out there, about forty-thousand people in

the stadium I’ve heard.” I said: “Really?

Great!” He continued, saying: “All the

athletes from all the nations, all with their

banners. They’re all out there.” I said:

“Lovely.” He then says: “Her majesty

the Queen is out there, yeah she’s out

there too. And I’ve heard there’s about a

billion people watching live on TV.” I said:

“Right, please be quiet now because you

are making me nervous!.”

Who would you say are you musical

influences?

Believe it or not, my biggest musical

influence as a child would have been

my Gran! Whenever I would go round

my Gran’s house, she was a massive

classical music fan. I’ve been listening

to everything from Chopin, Schubert,

Schumann…all those greats. Mario Lanza

was a constant fixture in the house so I

was very familiar with a lot of those big

classical artists from an early age. So

she was a big influence. But in regards

to artists, Luciano Pavarotti was a big

favourite of mine. But as a kid it was all

about Paul Weller and The Jam and The

Beatles to a degree. I mean The Beatles

were slightly before my time, but still I

had my old semi-acoustic guitar and I

used to bash out tunes with my old pals,

sit up in our bedrooms or whoever’s

garage we could use and jam away to the

old Beatles bumper book of 101 songs.

Great memories, they were probably my

biggest influences.

How can we find out more information

on the tour?

You can find all the information you need

on the website including the dates that

we are doing. It’s russellwatson.com,

so you’ll find all my new dates on there,

plus you are able to book through it too

so that’s great.

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after a diagnosis of dementia

What are the next steps?

A diagnosis of dementia can be a big shock

- for the person with the condition, and their

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There can either be a lot of information

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This checklist has been written by dementia

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information and support

Ask whether there will be a follow up

appointment after the diagnosis.

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If yes, who will you see? How often? Who

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Who will be your main point of contact?

Who will be responsible for coordinating

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Arrange a Lasting Power of Attorney for:-

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Property and financial affairs.

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Your hopes about your involvement with

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Inform the Driver and Vehicle Licensing

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People with a diagnosis of dementia do not

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Inform your employer about the

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If you are diagnosed with dementia and still

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