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Aled Jones (born 29 December 1970) is a Welsh singer and television/radio personality and broadcaster who first came to fame as a treble. He is the only child of Nest and Derek Jones, was raised in the small Welsh-speaking community of Llandegfan, in Angleseymarker and attended Ysgol David Hughesmarker. He is now notable for presenting Songs of Praise on BBC 1, BBC Radio 2's Good Morning Sunday and The Choir on BBC Radio 3.

Biography

Jones was born in St. Davids Hospital in Bangormarker, Walesmarker, the son of Nest Rowlands, a teacher, and Derek John Jones, a draughtsman for a shipbuilder. Jones joined the choir of Bangor Cathedralmarker at age nine and was Lead Soloist within two years, although he never made Head Chorister. The remarkable clarity of his treble voice was appreciated by a member of the congregation, Hefina Orwig Evans, who wrote a letter to local record company Sain, and he was duly signed. In 1982 he won the Cerdd Dant solo competitions for competitors under 12 at the Urdd Eisteddfod.

Aled Jones became famous for the cover version of "Walking in the Air", the song from Channel 4's 1982 animated film The Snowman, based on the book by Raymond Briggs. The record reached No. 5 in the UK charts in 1985. (However, the version used in the film was not performed by Jones, but by Peter Auty, a St. Paul's Cathedralmarker choirboy.)Aled Jones also with the National Philharmonic Orchestra was behind the Santa Claus The Movie, Original motion picture soundtrack, Every Christmas Eve 1985.

His recording career was temporarily halted when his voice broke at sixteen. By this time he had recorded sixteen albums, sold more than six million albums and sung for Pope John Paul II, the Queen, and the Prince and Princess of Wales in a private recital, as well as presenting numerous children's television programmes. He sang at the wedding of music celebrities, Bob Geldof and Paula Yates in 1986. He also had the distinction of being the first artist to have two classical albums listed simultaneously in the popular music charts.

He went on to study at the Royal Academy of Musicmarker and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre Schoolmarker, before beginning his adult recording career, with a largely religious/inspirational repertoire. In 1995 he took the leading role in the long-running production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on Blackpool Pier.

He also worked with Mike Oldfield ("Pictures in the Dark") and Leonard Bernstein ("Chichester Psalms"). In 1986 he sang the oratorio Athalia with Emma Kirkby.

He has recorded twenty-four albums to date, many of which reached gold or platinum status in the UKmarker and Australia. He performs as a lyric baritone, though he has expressed a desire to move into the traditional register of the tenor.

He was a presenter on Classic FM as well as on Welsh radio (BBC Radio Wales and Radio Cymru) and television (S4C). In 2006 he joined the BBC, taking over from Don Maclean on Good Morning Sunday on BBC Radio 2 and The Choir on BBC Radio 3.

In 2005 he launched his eponymous autobiography, written in collaboration with Darren Henley.

Following the launch of his first baritone album, Aled (on the Universal Music label) in Australia in May 2003 when he went there on a promotional visit, he has since successfully toured in concert there three times : December 2003, August 2006 and October 2008.

Personal life

While performing on Blackpoolmarker Pier in 1995 as the lead in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Aled met his future wife, Claire Fossett. The couple married in 2001 and now live in London with their two children, Emilia and Lucas.

Discography

Albums

  • Diolch â Chân (1983)
  • Ave Maria (1984)
  • Voices from the Holy Land (1985), also on VHS
  • All Through The Night (1985), UK #2
  • Carols for Christmas (Christmas Album) (1985), also on DVD
  • Aled Jones With The BBC Welsh Chorus (1985) UK #11
  • Aled - Music from the TV Series (1986)
  • Where E'er You Walk (1986) UK #36
  • Pie Jesu (1986) UK #25
  • An Album Of Hymns (1986) UK #18
  • Handel: Athalia (1986)
  • Sailing (1987)
  • Faure: Requiem Bernstein: Chichester Psalms (1986)
  • The Best of Aled Jones BBC Records(1985)
  • The Best of Aled Jones 10 Records (1987)
  • The Very Best of Aled Jones (1988)
  • From the Heart (2000), as baritone
  • Aled (2002) UK #27
  • Hear My Prayer (2003), as boy soprano
  • Higher (2003) UK #21 This includes a guest track with Julian Lloyd Webber
  • The Christmas Album (2004) UK #28
  • A Journey With Aled Jones (2005)
  • Aled (Re-issue) (2005) UK #33
  • New Horizons (2005) UK #21
  • You Raise Me Up – The Best of Aled Jones (2006)
  • Reason To Believe (2007)


Singles



Talking books

  • The Story of Classical Music (2004)
  • Famous Composers (2005)
  • The Story of Jesus (2006)


DVDs

  • The Little Prince featuring Aled Jones (2004)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Carols for Christmas (2004)
  • Aled Jones - Christmas Carols (2008)


VHS

  • Aled Jones - New Born King - A Festival Of Carols From London's Westminster Cathedral (1992)
  • Voices From The Holy Land (1985)
  • Aled Jones - Carols For Christmas


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