Welsh Singer Aled Jones to Host Cardiff Centenary Concert
Published: 17 Oct 2018
National treasure and one of the world's most successful boy sopranos Aled Jones is swapping singing for compering duties later this week at the RAF in Concert tour - the last official celebration of RAF100.
Aled has been a household name since the 1980's when he made his professional debut at just 12 years old, performing the role of the Angel in Handel's Oratorio 'Jeptha' on BBC2 and BBC Radio 3. Since then, his career has taken him all over the world and he has had over 10 million album sales and over 40 Silver, Gold and Platinum Discs from his 30 plus albums - including his most recent album, One Voice which soared to number one in last year's classical chart.
As a broadcaster, he has forged an extensive career, having worked for BBC Radio 2 and 3, and BBC Radio Wales. Aled also hosts the Classic FM Sunday Breakfast Show and has become a popular favourite on the station and enjoyed his own magazine show ITV Weekend.
In 2013 Aled was awarded an MBE for his services to the music and broadcasting industry. He will host the RAF in Concert tour when it reaches the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff on Friday (October 19).
He said: "What better way to bring the curtain down on a year-long series of thrilling events marking the RAF's Centenary than with a rousing musical tribute by the RAF's talented bandsmen and women at the Wales Millennium Centre. It's a great opportunity not only to enjoy a fabulous night out but also to say a big 'thank you' - so I hope people will join me for this special occasion."
From rousing military marches to toe-tapping big band numbers and timeless classical pieces, accomplished musicians from the RAF's principal bands and Salon Orchestra are set to deliver a rousing finale to the first 100 years of the RAF.
The concert will feature classic military tunes including The Dambusters March and Spitfire Fugue and national favourites such as British Grenadiers, Home Sweet Home and Saucy Arethusa, as well as the big band sound of Glenn Miller's In the Mood and Keep 'em Flying.
For tickets visit the Wales Millennium Centre box office at https://www.wmc.org.uk/ or call 029 2063 6464.