Aled Jones was born and brought up in Llandegfan, Anglesey, and was first discovered singing as a choirboy in Beaumaris. In 1980 he began singing in the choir of Bangor Cathedral under Andrew Goodwin. He began his career at a very young age at local eisteddfods and concerts. At the Urdd Eisteddfod in 1982, he won the solo and the Cerdd Dant solo competitions for competitors under 12.
Aled quickly shot to fame with his top five Christmas single Walking in The Air, which came from the animated film, The Snowman. Interestingly, it was Peter Auty, not Aled, who sang the song in that film. In 1985 he performed in front of the Queen, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dame John Sutherland and Leonard Bernstein. Several of his 16 recordings went Gold and Platinum.
After attending the Royal Academy of Music, London, Aled unveiled his matured baritone voice in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat musical. He returned to television as presenter of BBC Songs of Praise. Aled has made several successful recordings as a baritone, some featuring the voices of Libera. Aled is currently co-manager of The Choirboys.
Aled Jones This is an extraordinary collection of his finest performances, including music from his native Wales, and many well-known classical favourites.
Cover image is the same as CD Hear My Prayer, but it's a different CD.
Aled Jones Contains all tracks from Aled's first recording, Diolch Â Chan. Tracks 1 - 5 (recorded in 1985) are issued here for the first time. Last two tracks are bonus tracks from his "Too Young to Know" single.
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Aled Jones Joan Sutherland, Emma Kirkby, Aled Jones, Joas (Boy soprano), Choir of New College Oxford, Edward Higginbottom. Recorded in St Jude's Church, London May/June 1985.
Athalia was atyrannical queen, a worshipper of Baal who had established domination overthe Jews, the daughter of Jezebel who visited her in a dream and gave herthe premonition of her impending overthrow and death. There are only sixcharacters in total, plus of course the chorus, and the most significantof these other than Athalia is the boy Joas, the true king of Judah.
The BBC made a film about Aled Jones at the time of this recording which included some of the footage of the original concert performance before Hogwood took to the studio.
Aled Jones 1985, 60 min. Metropolitan Museum of Art. 24 chants populaires exercées par Aled Jones et Gerald Finley, avec le Royal College of Music Chamber Choir. Filmé à la Cathédrale de Bury St. Edmunds.
Aled Jones Westminster Cathedral Choir 60 min, Baritone Benjamin Luxon, Boy Soprano Aled Jones, actor Emlyn Williams and the Westminster Cathedral Choir perform "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing," "Adeste Fidelis," and "Good King Wenceslas," in this celebration of the holiday season filmed at Westminster Cathedral.
Aled JonesNicholas Sillitoe 60 min. Aired 21 June 1985. Directed by Angela Pope. A music documentary from the Omnibus series about a young Welsh choral singer (Aled Jones) on the verge of puberty. The mystery of what will happen to the young treble's voice upon his journey from adolescence to adulthood is explored in this family-viewing special. Nicholas Sillitoe makes a brief singing appearance during an audition.
Aled Jones Aled Jones and the BBC Welsh Chorus bring to life music both sacred and secular, set against a backdrop of locations in the Holy Land. Aled sings on tracks 2,4,6,8,10,12,15. Soundtrack is BBC REC 564. 60 min.
Aled Jones First broadcast on 1984-12-24. The BBC Welsh Chorus & Aled Jones sing popular carols from the sites of the Nativity story in Bethlehem. Also contains 3 peotry readings from Isla Blair. Aled sings "The Little Road To Bethlehem", "O Holy Night", "Ave Maria". Aled Jones & BBC Welsh Chorus: "Once In royal David's City".
Aled Jones by Aled Jones with Darren Henley, 256 pages.
Aled tells of the pressure of childhood fame and his determination to forge a career after his voice broke, and how he is back in the charts and selling out his live performances.
As well as chapters on Iwan Davies, Derek Barsham, and Denis Wright, amongst others there are also chapters under the following headings: The Temple Boys, The Manchester Boys, The Music Hall Boys, The Fleeting Boys, and The Broadcast Boys.
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This book is available for the cost of postage and packing only if the set of six The Better Land CD albums is ordered.
Libera / Angel VoicesAled Jones (non-treble) This 2 CD set makes a small feature of Songs of Praise presenter Aled Jones. He sings 5 songs spanning both CDs and Libera join him on 3 of them - CD1 tracks 4 & 21 and CD2 track 4. Libera have their own song, "Sanctus II", on CD2. "The Songs of Praise Theme Tune" is the version from the year 2000 rather than the 2001 version which stars Steven Geraghty.