STAR INTERVIEW: Renowned singer and presenter’s career went “mad” after he was spotted in choir

Aled Jones ahead of 'Songs of Hope and Inspiration' show at Royal & Derngate NNL-151103-131622001
Aled Jones ahead of 'Songs of Hope and Inspiration' show at Royal & Derngate NNL-151103-131622001

While his voice may be best known for its Christmas hits, renowned UK choral singer and presenter, Aled Jones, will be marking springtime at Northampton’s Royal & Derngate with his ‘Songs of Hope and Inspiration’ latest tour on April 1.

Having just released his 30th album and returned from a tour in Australia, he said: “This show will be a mixed bag: some of my new songs, some of the old favourites and plenty to sing along to.”

The Anglesey-born artist is best known for topping UK charts with his version if Walking in the Air - originally sung by Peter Auty - which was used in a Toys R Us advert and in later editions of Christmas film, The Snowman.

“Living in the country in Wales we didn’t have as many TV channels so I didn’t often hear myself performing,” he said. “When I started college the jokes got a bit much, but I’m too old to care now.

“It was a great product and it helped to earn me money at times when I didn’t have work. I’m proud of it.”

The 44-year-old is a familiar voice on music programmes on television and on the radio. He currently presents Classic FM on Sunday mornings and ITV chatshow, Weekend.

He said: “My career is half-and-half: I do presenting work from April to September and sing in shows over the winter.”

His musical career began when he was spotted singing in a local choir as a child.

“A lady asked to record me singing and I didn’t think anything of it at the time, but then I got a record deal and it went mad from there.

“I got to travel the world and meet some amazing people. One of the highlights was performing at the Hollywood Bowl in my young teens because I got to go to Disneyland after – that didn’t happen every day for a Welsh country boy in the 80s.

“Performing for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in their living room was incredible too.”

Aled moved to London, where he now lives with his wife and two children, at 18 years old. Straight away he began his acting career at none other than Northampton’s Royal.

“While I was in one Welsh play and barely needed to act at all, I was terrible in a production of Martin Chuzzlewit and was told to go to acting school – which I did.”

But it isn’t all choral and classical music at home. “I love listening to everything from Sam Smith to Eminem,” he said. “When I was younger you had to be into pop or classical, but now even my daughter has a bit of everything and that’s brilliant.”

To book tickets, call the Box Office on: Northampton 624811 or visit: www.royalandderngate.co.uk.