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Aled Jones
Aled Jones at a book signing in 2006
Aled Jones at a book signing in 2006
Background information
Born December 29, 1970 (1970-12-29) (age 36)
Bangor, Wales
Genre(s) Christian music
Occupation(s) Musician and Broadcaster
Instrument(s) Vocals (Baritone)
Years active 1983 - present
Label(s) Universal Classics and Jazz (UCJ)
Website AledJones.co.uk


Aled Jones (born 29 December 1970) is a Welsh singer and television/radio personality and broadcaster who first came to fame as a boy soprano. He is the only child of Nest and Derek Jones, and was raised in a Welsh-speaking community in the small Anglesey village of Llandegfan, and attended Ysgol David Hughes. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (960 × 1280 pixel, file size: 180 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Aled Jones Metadata... December 29 is the 363rd day of the year (364th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 2 days remaining. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Bangor, in north Wales, is one of the smallest cities in the United Kingdom. ... This article is about the country. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... A musician is a person who plays or composes music Musicians can be classified by their role in creating or performing music: A singer (or vocalist) uses his or her voice as an instrument. ... Note: broadcasting is also the old term for hand sowing. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ... Baritone (French: baryton; Deutsch: Bariton; Italian: baritono) is most commonly the type of male voice that lies between bass and tenor. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Universal Music Group (UMG), formerly MCA Music Entertainment Group, is the largest business group and family of record labels in the recording industry. ... December 29 is the 363rd day of the year (364th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 2 days remaining. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... This article is about the country. ... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ... Boy soprano (or treble in British English; see below) is a term applied in music to a young male singer with an unchanged voice in the soprano range. ... An only child is a child with no siblings, either biological or adopted. ... Anglesey (Welsh: , pronounced (IPA)), is an island and county at the northwestern extremity of Wales. ... Llandegfan is a large village in the south of Anglesey, north Wales. ... Ysgol David Hughes is the largest Secondary School in Anglesey, Wales. ...

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Biography

Born in St. David's Hospital in Bangor, Wales, Jones joined the choir of Bangor Cathedral aged 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. He is best known for singing "Walking in the Air", the song from Channel 4's animated film The Snowman, based on the book by Raymond Briggs. The song reached No. 5 in the UK charts. Contrary to popular belief, neither the version in the film - nor the version in the 1982 re-release - was performed by Aled, but by Peter Auty, a St. Paul's Cathedral choirboy. Bangor, in north Wales, is one of the smallest cities in the United Kingdom. ... This article is about the country. ... Bangor Cathedral from Bangor Mountain Bangor Cathedral is a place of Christian worship situated in Bangor in North Wales in the United Kingdom. ... Sain (Welsh for Sound), in full - Sain Recordiau Cyf (Sound Records Ltd) is an influential Welsh record label, which was instrumental in the Welsh folk revival. ... Walking in the Air is a song written by Howard Blake for the animated short The Snowman, which has been broadcast on TV and published on videotape and DVD; also released as a single, LP and CD. In The Snowman, it was performed by a St. ... It has been suggested that Channel Four Television Corporation be merged into this article or section. ... Animation refers to the process in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. ... The Snowman is a childrens book by British author Raymond Briggs, published in 1978. ... Raymond Briggs in his studio Raymond Briggs (born January 18, 1934) is a British illustrator, cartoonist, and author who has achieved critical and popular success among adults and children. ... Peter Auty is a former choirboy who sang with the St Pauls Cathedral. ...


In the same year (1982) he won the solo and the Cerdd Dant solo competitions for competitors under 12 at the Urdd Eisteddfod. Urdd Gobaith Cymru, literally, the Welsh League of Hope, but normally translated as the Welsh League of Youth, or merely referred to as the Urdd, is a Welsh-medium youth movement with over 1,500 branches and over 50,000 members (as of 2006). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


His recording career was temporarily halted when his voice broke at sixteen, but he had already sold more than six million albums and sung for the Pope and the Queen, as well as presented numerous children's television programmes. He also enjoyed the distinction of being the first artist to have two classical albums listed simultaneously in the popular music charts. Coat of Arms of Pope John Paul II. The Letter M is for Mary, the mother of Jesus, to whom he held strong devotion Pope John Paul II (Latin: , Italian: Giovanni Paolo II) born   [] (May 18, 1920, Wadowice, Poland – April 2, 2005, Vatican City) reigned as Pope of the Catholic... Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor; born 21 April 1926) is Queen of sixteen sovereign states, holding each crown and title equally. ...


Following the breaking of his voice, he studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. In 1995 he secured a leading role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and met his future wife, Claire Fossett, while touring in Blackpool. The couple married in 2001 and have two young children, a five-year old daughter Emilia and a two-year old son Lucas. The Royal Academy of Music (RAM) is a constituent college of the University of London, and is one of the leading music institutions in the world. ... The Coopers Hall (right) became the theatre foyer in the 1970s The Bristol Old Vic is a theatre complex and theatrical company in the centre of Bristol, England. ... Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was the first musical theatre show written by the team of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. ... It has been suggested that South Shore, Blackpool be merged into this article or section. ...


He also worked with Mike Oldfield ("Pictures in the Dark") and Leonard Bernstein ("Chichester Psalms"). In 1986 he sung the oratorio Athalia with Emma Kirkby. Michael Gordon Oldfield (born May 15, 1953 in Reading, England) is a multi-instrumentalist musician and composer, working a style that blends progressive rock, folk, ethnic or world music, classical music, electronic music and more recently dance. ... Pictures in the Dark is a song by Mike Oldfield released as a single mainly in Europe in 1985. ... Leonard Bernstein (IPA pronunciation: )[1] (August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was an American conductor, composer, and pianist. ... The Chichester Psalms is a choral work by Leonard Bernstein for countertenor, choir and orchestra (3 trumpets in Bb, 3 trombones, timpani, percussion (5 players), 2 harps, and strings). ... The structural and rhetorical achievements in Athalia project a dramatic concept that may be unique in Handels output. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Aled has since resumed his recording career, with a largely religious repertoire. He has recorded sixteen albums to date, many of which reached gold or platinum status in the UK and Australia. He is a lyric baritone, though he has expressed a desire to move into the traditional register of the tenor. Baritone (French: baryton; Deutsch: Bariton; Italian: baritono) is most commonly the type of male voice that lies between bass and tenor. ... In music, a tenor is a male singer with a high voice. ...


In 2003 he visited Australia twice; a promotional tour in May to launch his first baritone album ALED and then in December that year for his first concert tour.


He has been a presenter on Classic FM and regularly presents Songs of Praise, as well as various programmes on Welsh radio (BBC Radio Wales and Radio Cymru) and television (S4C). In autumn 2004 he participated in the BBC One pro-celebrity ballroom dancing game show Strictly Come Dancing, partnering Lilia Kopylova. Aled preferred the Latin dancing to the ballroom, as he found the latter confusing and hard to follow. The pair came fourth, but Aled was said to have enjoyed the experience enormously, and credited the physically strenuous competition with his recent, significant weight loss. Classic FM is the United Kingdoms first national commercial radio station, broadcasting classical music in a popular and accessible style. ... Songs of Praise is a BBC television programme based on religion and ethics, based around traditional Christian hymns. ... BBC Radio Wales is the BBCs national radio station broadcasting to Wales in the English language. ... BBC Radio Cymru is BBC Wales Welsh language radio station, broadcasting throughout Wales on FM since 1979. ... S4C (Sianel Pedwar Cymru, which is Welsh for Channel Four Wales) is a television channel in Wales. ... BBC One (styled BBC1 until 1997) is the most watched domestic channel of the British Broadcasting Corporation. ... Strictly Come Dancing is a British television show, shown on BBC One based on ballroom dancing. ... Lilia Andreievna Kopylova (born 18 June 1978 in Moscow, Russia) is a professional dancer. ...


Aled left Classic FM at the beginning of 2006 and joined the BBC, taking over from Don Maclean on Good Morning Sunday from 7-9am on Sunday Mornings and The Choir on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday evenings from 6.30-8pm. The British Broadcasting Corporation, usually known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion... Don MacLean is a British comedian, born 11th March, 1944, who hosted BBC television series Crackerjack with Michael Aspel, Peter Glaze, and Jan Hunt in the 1970s. ... BBC Radio 3 is a domestic UK BBC radio station, which devotes most of its schedule to classical music. ...


His next album, titled New Horizons was released in October 2005 and reached #21 in the UK.


During Christmas 2005, Aled was one of the performers who took part in the BBC show Celebrate Oliver! and was the guest presenter for and performed in the second show of the BBC four-part series The Sound of Musicals in January 2006. On Christmas Day 2005 he presented a Christmas special on Welsh-language TV channel S4C (Nadolig Aled), and was earlier in the year featured on a special edition of Welsh church music program Dechrau Canu, Dechrau Canmol talking about his faith and the impact of church music in his life. The Sound of Musicals is a 2006 four part BBC series starring several diffrent musical theatre actors who perform acts from diffrent musicals. ... S4C (Sianel Pedwar Cymru, which is Welsh for Channel Four Wales) is a television channel in Wales. ... Dechrau Canu, Dechrau Canmol is a Welsh language church music programme, similar to BBCs Songs of Praise, currently aired on the Welsh television channel S4C and presented by Huw Llewellyn Davies. ...


August 2006 saw Aled on tour in Australia once again on his New Horizons tour...an eight-concert tour of five major cities. Australia is credited as being the only country (so far) that Aled has toured in concert outside the UK, something his enthusiastic fans in Australia sincerely appreciate.


Aled has since released a greatest hits compilation album: You Raise Me Up-The Best of Aled Jones in November 2006, featuring a reprise of his song "Walking in the Air", which has now become a duet between young and present Aled. You Raise Me Up-The Best of Aled Jones is a greatest hits compilation album by Welsh singer Aled Jones, released on the 27th November 2006. ...


On an epsisode of the BBC television programme Play it Again, broadcast in April 2007, Aled learned to play the drums. He progressed well enough to be able to perform the song Raging Storm live on stage with Chris de Burgh in Germany. The British Broadcasting Corporation, usually known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion... Chris de Burgh (born Christopher John de Burgh Davison on October 15, 1948) is an Irish musician and songwriter. ...


Aled is also very keen on botany.


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)

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Singles

Ave Maria (Latin: Hail, Maria or Hail, Mary) can refer to: The Hail Mary or Ave Maria, a prayer; also the time of day in Italy when the church bells toll. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Memory is the showstopper song from the musical Cats sung by the fat hoe Grizabella, a one-time glamour cat who is now a shell of her former self. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Walking in the Air is a song written by Howard Blake for the animated short The Snowman, which has been broadcast on TV and published on videotape and DVD; also released as a single, LP and CD. In The Snowman, it was performed by a St. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Pictures in the Dark is a song by Mike Oldfield released as a single mainly in Europe in 1985. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Morning Has Broken is a Christian hymn with lyrics written by Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965). ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ...

Talking Books

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

2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...

External links

  • Aled Jones' official website
  • A full album discography with track listings
  • Aled Jones on BBC Radio 2
  • The Aled Jones Fanclub
  • Aled Jones on Play it Again

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