PUBLISHED: 10:34 18 January 2011 | UPDATED: 20:41 20 February 2013
Aled Jones brings his festive show to Norfolk
The voice of Christmas
Ever since young Aled Jones sang the soaring theme to The Snowman, he has been associated with Christmas time. And now hes delighted to be bringing his special festive show to Norfolk, as he tells Angi Kennedy.
However many TV and radio programmes he fronts; however many million albums he sells, it is a fact of life that it is the refrain from Walking in the Air that will always pop into mind at the mention of Aled Jones.
Does he mind? How can he, when was the surprise success of this song that launched the teenager from Wales on a musical career that still sees him busy and fulfilled more than a quarter of a century on.
This month, Aled is in Norfolk for a sell-out concert at the Norwich Theatre Royal that he promises will lift the spirits of everyone in the audience.
The Norwich gig will be very much a Christmas concert I will be performing Christmas songs and carols, he says.
The audiences there are always really nice and I do hope they enjoy this one. It is a show to make people feel like Christmas has begun and to help them get into the swing of the season.
I have come to Norfolk a few times before and have performed there in the past. I have filmed for Escape To The Country there it is a very beautiful part of the world.
Aled Jones today is the consummate multi-media professional the charming host of BBCs Songs of Praise, as well as Cash in the Attic and Escape to the Country, and a regular voice on radio through his early morning Radio Two slot which he has been filling since Sarah Kennedys departure earlier this year, as well as his appearances on Radio Threes The Choir.
As a teenager he performed for the Pope, The Queen and The Prince and Princess of Wales, and since then has entertained thousands during his time on stage as Joseph in Andrew Lloyd Webbers Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and in Irving Berlins White Christmas.
I tend to have a private life as well as a public life. When I come home and close the door we dont even talk about it.
But while his talent has been consistently first rate and his career has placed him very much in the public eye, he has remained a very private man.
Aled explains: I tend to have a private life as well as a public life. When I come home and close the door we dont even talk about it.
Im just Dad again then. The children both like music, Emilia loves singing, dancing and acting, and Lucas can sing but prefers things like guns!
Family is fundamental to Aled. He met his wife Claire Fossett part of the famous circus family while he was on tour in Blackpool and they married in 2001. Their children are now aged eight and five, and although the family live in London, Aled often returns to Wales.
His hectic work schedule also means there is little time for headline-grabbing behaviour. He works long hours When I am doing the morning show on the radio I have to be up at 3.45am so Im in bed by 9pm, he admits and there is little let-up in his packed diary of filming, recording and touring.
The nice thing though is the variety, he says. I am doing different things all the time. I tend to take every day as it comes. It never stops, but it is always fresh and different. Its really not a bad mix, is it?
The run up to Christmas is typically busy, with the radio, filming and, of course, his Christmas concert tour that is coming to Norwich on December 19. He is also promoting his new album, Aleds Christmas Gift, which was released on November 29.
I know this is what every performer says but it is really true: This album is by far the best I have done as a man. There is a really nice feel to it, he comments.
And when Christmas Day arrives, Aled will have an early start on Radio Two. I will be on air from 6am until 9am, so I will get back home at about 9.15am when the kids are getting up. So it will be a busy morning.
Then well have some time off together to enjoy, and Ive got my 40th birthday on December 29. Ill be working early then too so Im not sure what sort of a day that will be maybe well have a bit of a party at the end of the week.
Aled Jones in Concert at Norwich Theatre Royal is on Sunday, December 19 at 7.30pm. For ticket prices and availability contact the box office on 01603 630000.