A STAR from I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here has spoken exclusively to the Chronicle about his upcoming show in Theale and his time in the castle.

Singer Russell Watson will be performing at Englefield House in Theale on July 25 as part of the Heritage Live Concert Series.

The Last Night of the Heritage Proms with Russell Watson will feature the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by David Arnold, as well as featuring composer arranger and producer Mike Moran, coloratura soprano Christina Johnston, and very special guests The NHS Choir.

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Russell will perform an array of classics, from much loved standards such as Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory and Swing Low, through to uplifting showstoppers including You Raise Me Up and Bring Him Home, alongside a very special Phantom Of The Opera medley.

There will also be a Spitfire flypast and fireworks finale.

Speaking to the Chronicle, Russell said: "By the time I get back and get round to the point of doing Englefield House it will have been 18 months since I have stepped on a stage and sang in front of an audience.

Russell Watson

Russell Watson

"To say I’m excited would be the understatement of the year."

Russell explained he will be performing alongside The NHS Choir and will "show some public appreciation for everything the NHS have done for us over the last year" by thanking the choir and the NHS whilst on stage.

When speaking about lockdown, Russell said he found the first two or three months of this year "really quite difficult just wanting to have some kind of idea of when there might be some semblance of normality".

He explained he is looking forward to being able to see his mum who has been shielding for months.

As a performer, he also said he is "thrilled to be heading back on the road and getting out there again".

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Russell featured on last year's I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here series which was, for the first time, filmed in a castle in Wales instead of in the Australian jungle.

Speaking about his experience he said: "I have got to be honest I have no regrets at all, it’s one of the best experiences of my life."

He explained the distractions of life such as emails and social media were taken away from the camp mates and "it was like being a child again".