Aled Jones swoops on Shrewsbury
PUBLISHED: 15:10 12 August 2011 | UPDATED: 19:50 20 February 2013
On September 17, Aled Jones kicks off a new national tour at Shrewsbury's Theatre Severn. Debbie Graham puts the questions to him ahead of his visit
He was the boy who walked on air with The Snowman, gave a private performance for the Prince and Princess of Wales and recorded 16 childhood albums. He has since gone on to carve out an incredible recording and presenting career, fronting much-loved BBC shows including Songs of Praise and Escape to the Country. He currently hosts BBC Radio 2s flagship Sunday show Good Morning Sunday and has a new album out at the end of this month, called Forever.
On September 17, Aled Jones kicks off a new national tour at Shrewsburys Theatre Severn. He is a regular visitor to Shrewsbury, previously recording an episode of Songs of Praise at St Chads Church. Debbie Graham puts the questions to him ahead of his visit to the town.
Q: Are you looking forward to returning to Shrewsbury?
A: I am indeed. It will kicking off the tour and I am really looking forward to it.
Q: Will you get a chance to take in the sights of our beautiful county?
A: Sadly not; as ever I have stacks on so have to shoot off, but Im not complaining. It is great that after all these years I am still doing something I really love.
Q: What can the Theatre Severn audience expect?
A: Singing of course, plus a section called Ask Aled...the audience can ask me what they like. It is a casual affair - the audience love it and so do I as I get to interact with them.
Q: How important is singing and music to you?
A: Singing has always been a part of my life. I cant remember a time when it has not been. Singing is like breathing to me. I am lucky to make a living out of it and have seen the world and met and worked with some great people.
Q: Who has been the most inspirational person you have ever met?
A: Gosh, thats a hard one as I have met so many people in my life who have achieved so much. Got to say my wife Claire is pretty special!
Q: What has been your most memorable performance?
A: I performed for the Queen and forget my words....that was rather memorable!
Q: If you are not working what is your idea of a perfect week end?
A: I work too much really and I always have to be up by 4.30am on Sunday mornings for my BBC Radio 2 show; however, it is great to be with my wife and two children. I love the Arsenal and have a season ticket so try to get to see them when I can - its a great way of letting off steam.
Q: Tell us something people dont know about you?
A: I would love to own a village pub!!
Q: Do you ever get fed up of Walking in the Air, the track from The Snowman that gave you your big break?
A: I love it and it is always in my live shows....me as the young Aled on a backing track and as I am now. It is quite spine tingling. I will never tire of performing that song; it has enabled me to have a great life and I am always grateful.
Q: What do you hope for the future?
A: To be healthy and working is all I can hope for. I am so lucky and I never take it for granted. I have my singing career, broadcasting on Songs of Praise and Escape to the Country and my radio career on Radio2, Radio 3 and Radio Wales. I have been blessed.