A special ChildLine

Greg Francis and the the National Concert Orchestra

Greg Francis and the the National Concert Orchestra

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Blackpool-based band leader Greg Francis has teamed up with chart topping tenor Russell Watson for a special charity concert at Southport Theatre in aid of ChildLine.

A Voice for the Children will take place on Saturday, March 17 and will also feature singer Janette Monroe and the Greg Francis Orchestra.

Salford-born Russell – who got some of his first breaks in Blackpool – never imagined he’d someday become one of the world’s greatest tenors.

Winning four Classical Brit Awards, Russell has now graced the stage of some of the biggest venues in the world including Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, and Old Trafford.

Now he is set to become the “voice for the children” to support the 25th anniversary of ChildLine.

The singer, who has recovered from two near-fatal brain tumours, also returns to the stage next summer with a brand new UK tour.

Janette Monroe, who has performed with him on many occasions, is a singer-songwriter whose compositions have featured in Disney films and albums. She has performed all over the world and for British royalty.

The 25-piece Greg Francis Concert Orchestra (pictured above) – including string section and members of the National Orchestra of Great Britain – will be the accompaniment for the evening.

Blackpool-based Greg has worked with some of the worlds leading orchestra’s and has built up a career scoring arrangements for film and TV, including Memphis Belle and Stars in their Eyes.

Locally Greg has led bands at Blackpool Tower Ballroom and was the resident band leader at the Sands Venue for much of last year

Blackpool Grand Theatre pantomime regular Steve Royle will be hosting the evening.

A comedian and BBC Radio presenter, Steve has toured with the likes of comedy heavyweights Peter Kay and Steve Coogan.

Tickets are £25, call 0844 871 3021 or visit Southport Theatre box office between Monday and Saturday, 11am to 4pm.