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Aled Jones: Dychwelyd Adre

Gwledd o gerddoriaeth a chyfle i edrych 'nol ar fywyd Aled Jones wrth iddo ddychweld i Gadeirlan Bangor ar gyfer cyngerdd arbennig. A look at the life of Aled Jones as he sings ...


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-# Ar Hyd Y Nos #

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-Aled Jones is coming home.

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-Home to North Wales.

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-Home to the cathedral that's

-been an integral part of his life.

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-Home for a very special performance.

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-# Stars look down

-and tell their story

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-# All through the night

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-# Here's the way to a land of glory

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-# All through the night

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-# Other light seems merely darkness

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-# When true beauty shines upon us

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-# Heaven's family tranquil over us

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-# All through the night...

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-The unique sound

-of Aled's remarkable voice...

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-..made him

-one of the world's youngest stars.

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-Now, more than 30 years

-since he last performed...

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-..with Bangor Cathedral Choir...

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-..he's back home to sing...

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-..with a very special guest.

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-The voice of his younger self.

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-# See how smiles a star serenely

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-# All through the night

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-# Beaming at the earth so keenly

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-# All through the night

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-# Night is old age with grief coming

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-# But adorning man and evening

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-# Pale light from us

-will be streaming

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-# All through the night #

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-Who'd have thought it - Aled's

-voice at 15 and Aled's voice at 45!

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-I've changed a lot as a person...

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-..but since I'm singing with

-my younger self in the concert...

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-..ending the One Voice tour

-in Bangor...

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-..where I began as a chorister

-makes perfect sense!

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-To tell you the truth, as a child,

-I couldn't wait to leave Anglesey...

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-..and head to London's big arenas

-amid all the hustle and bustle.

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-Now, when I go home to Anglesey...

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-..there's no feeling like it.

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-Hiya.

-A pint of beer, please. Thanks.

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-There's nowhere in the world

-like Anglesey.

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-I'm lucky to have travelled...

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-..to places like Australia,

-America and Japan...

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-..but the minute

-I arrive at Bangor Station...

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-..and cross Menai Suspension Bridge,

-there's no feeling like it.

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-I believe

-that Wales is part of me...

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-..in what I sing, what I present

-and whatever I do.

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-Anglesey runs through my veins.

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-By the time Aled Jones

-turned 16 years of age...

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-..he'd released 16 albums and

-sold more than six million records.

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-Some news from the pop charts - it's

-not about Boy George or Wham!...

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-..it's about Aled Jones.

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-14-year-old Aled Jones was

-flown by helicopter to Cardiff...

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-..to mark his winning

-two gold discs.

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-Walking in the Air changed his life

-for good and made him a global star.

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-He sang before Pope John Paul...

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-..the Queen, Prince Charles...

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-..and Princess Diana.

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-As a child, he was one of

-the most famous names in the world.

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-As an adult, he's gone on

-to release album after album....

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-..and forged a career as a presenter

-performer and broadcaster...

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-..securing him international status.

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-His career would've been impossible

-had he not made a crucial decision.

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-A decision

-Aled made as a nine-year-old boy.

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-The decision to join the choir

-at Bangor Cathedral.

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-I remember walking in

-and I couldn't believe the place.

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-I'd never seen a church as big

-as this. The history was palpable.

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-I was a slight child...

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-..so walking into this place

-was incredible for me.

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-I'd never been here before.

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-I'd been to

-the parish church in Llandegfan...

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-..but I couldn't believe

-these surroundings.

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-To tell you the truth, I didn't

-expect to become a chorister.

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-I came here for piano lessons.

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-Before I knew it I was a probationer

-standing there as a nine-year-old.

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-I worked my way up to be

-one of the lead choristers too.

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-Everyone says nowadays

-that singing in a choir...

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-..makes you a happier person...

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-..but I already knew that

-as a 9, 10 and 11-year-old child.

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-I was very proud of being

-a member of Bangor Cathedral Choir.

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-Children at school mocked me,

-saying, "You wear a skirt"...

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-..but I didn't care.

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-I believed I was singing the best

-music in the best surroundings...

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-..and it was a real privilege

-to be able to do that.

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-You don't just learn the notes

-and learn to read music...

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-..you also learn to communicate

-with fellow choristers...

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-..and sing with others...

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-..and when to

-take a breath correctly.

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-Now I'm here, I'm mindful

-I don't slouch in case I have a row!

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-I learned a lot about life,

-not just about music.

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-Bangor Cathedral

-will be in my heart forever.

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-The minute I walk in here

-I almost feel as if I own the place!

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-God and me!

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-Fantastic. Well done.

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-Amazing. How are you?

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-Good, thank you.

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-Good, thank you.

-

-Nice to see you. That was brilliant.

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-How long

-have you been working on that piece?

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-A long time.

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-There were no girls in the choir

-when I sang here. What's happened?

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-Is the choir better with girls?

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-Is the choir better with girls?

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-Yes.

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-No.

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-Rehearsals at the cathedral

-were on a Thursday night.

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-It was only the choir

-who turned up to sing...

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-..but often, a woman by the name

-of Hefina Orwig Evans joined us.

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-She always said to Mam, "You should

-record his voice before it breaks.

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-"Your son is incredible."

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-Mam, Dad and I thought, no,

-there's nothing special about me.

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-I just felt lucky

-I got to sing the solos.

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-Unbeknown to us,

-Hefina wrote to Sain...

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-..and I received a letter

-through the post...

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-..inviting me to record an album.

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-I said, "Why not? It'd be

-a nice memento for Nain and Taid!"

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-We released the record

-and the rest is history.

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-# Gentle breeze

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-# Gentle breeze

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-# Silently passing the door

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-# Mary lying on her bed of straw

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-# Watching her baby fair

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-# Thoughtfully gazing upon his face

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-# Nursing the Maker of God's grace

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-# Singing a sweet melody

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-# Sleep, sleep, my dearest one

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-# Sleep until morning comes

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-# Sleep

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-# Sleep

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-# Sleep

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-# Sleep awhile

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-# Sleep awhile

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-# Until the shepherds come

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-# Come, come, to a humble home

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-# Wise men in turn arrive

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-# Sleep until Herod

-arrives with his sword

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-# Sleep for a while

-then awake Living Word

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-# Sleep till the cross be thine

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-# Sleep, sleep

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-# My dearest one

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-# Sleep until morning comes

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-# Sleep

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-# Sleep

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-# Sleep #

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-# Oh, Danny Boy

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-# The pipes, the pipes are calling

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-# From glen to glen

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-# And down the mountainside

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-# The summer's gone

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-# And all the roses falling

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-# It's you, it's you must go

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-# And I must bide

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-# But come he back

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-# When summer's in the meadow

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-# Or when the valley's hushed

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-# And white with snow

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-# It's I'll be here

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-# In sunshine or in shadow

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-# Oh, Danny boy

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-# Oh, Danny boy

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-# I love you so #

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-Someone made me feel very old

-the other day.

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-He said I was

-the world's first crossover artist.

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-The outstanding young treble,

-Aled Jones.

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-With the success

-of his first album...

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-..Aled's career took off.

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-Overnight

-and still just a teenager...

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-..the young soprano

-was commanding attention.

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-My life changed overnight,

-to be honest.

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-Monday to Friday

-I tried to be a pupil...

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-..at Ysgol David Hughes

-in Menai Bridge...

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-..and then Friday, Saturday, Sunday

-I was in London, Hollywood...

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-..Rome or Japan.

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-I was a guest on the Wogan show

-more times than anyone else.

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-I appeared on the show

-11 times in all.

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-Have you any girlfriends?

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-Yes, hundreds.

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-Thousands, but unfortunately,

-they're all over 60!

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-It was an incredible four years.

-It was a fantastic experience.

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-The most momentous year was 1985...

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-..the year of Walking in the Air.

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-# We're walking in the air

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-# We're floating

-in the moonlit skies #

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-Walking in the Air was one of

-my last recordings as a child.

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-The reason I sang

-Walking in the Air...

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-..was because the boy who sang the

-song on the cartoon, Peter Auty...

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-..his voice had broken

-when they needed a boy soprano...

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-..to sing only 10 bars of Walking

-in the Air on a Toys R Us advert.

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-I walked into the studio,

-recorded the 10 bars...

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-..and the producer, John Altman,

-said, "We've got four hours left.

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-"Do you know the song?" I said,

-"No, I've only learnt 10 bars."

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-He said, "Let's go through it

-and we'll record the whole song."

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-If I hadn't done that, Walking in

-the Air wouldn't have been recorded.

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-I recorded the song, it went to

-number one in the charts...

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-..and number five

-in the other charts.

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-# We're walking in the air

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-# We're floating

-in the moonlit skies #

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-That's enough of that rubbish!

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-This morning I did an interview

-with BBC Cornwall or wherever.

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-They all say, "We're

-coming to Walking in the Air"...

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-..expecting me to freak out.

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-If I had a problem with the song...

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-..then I'd be

-in The Priory crying every day.

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-It's impossible to avoid that song

-at Christmas in Britain.

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-If I'm in Homebase or B&Q,

-it plays on the system.

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-It plays on the system

-on aeroplanes.

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-When the children were younger...

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-..they loved pointing at me, saying,

-"It's you," but not any more!

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-Three years at the Royal Academy,

-two years at Bristol Old Vic...

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-..I've sung you 16 songs and you

-applaud Walking in the Air the most!

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-While Walking in the Air defined

-the career of his younger self...

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-..his adult career is divided

-between performing as an artist...

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-..and working

-as a TV and radio broadcaster.

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-More recently, as the presenter

-of ITV's Weekend programme.

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-I've just finished

-my Saturday morning programme...

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-..and here are the questions

-for this afternoon's programme.

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-What happens is,

-I get the research notes...

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-..and then I compile the questions

-to ask and shape the chat.

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-I've been doing that

-since the series began.

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-A lot of work goes into the

-programme so I have to do it right.

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-One minute there's music,

-the next there's in-depth chat.

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-I get to discuss things with guests

-that they wouldn't talk about on TV.

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-I love it.

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-As a child...

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-..I worked a lot with Terry Wogan.

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-I was lucky

-to work with him as an adult too.

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-I used to refer to him as

-my radio dad and he called me Son.

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-I remember him saying to me, "I've

-got some advice for you, Jones.

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-"Spread yourself

-as thinly as possible...

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-"..as it makes it more difficult

-for people to get rid of you."

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-And that's what I've done.

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-I do many different programmes

-for TV and radio.

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-I'm on Classic FM and Radio Wales,

-I sing, do tours and record albums.

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-I do something different every day,

-which is great. I enjoy that.

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-I often complain I'm tired

-but it's my own doing.

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-I've got fingers in lots of pies!

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-This is Classic FM's main studio.

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-I broadcast on Sunday mornings but

-I also present Classic FM Requests.

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-The news has finished.

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-I'm ready

-for my first link of the show.

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-There are 30 seconds left of this

-cello piece and then I'm on the air.

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-That's a musical clue

-as to how it's going to be.

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-Welcome along

-to Classic FM Requests.

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-What I like about Classic FM

-is that it's ageless.

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-The listeners range in age

-from small children to adults....

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-..who love listening at home.

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-When I was a child

-you either liked pop...

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-..or classical music,

-but nowadays...

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-..children like all kinds of genres,

-which is fantastic.

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-You never know

-who the next caller's going to be.

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-Classic FM Requests.

-Email via classicfm.com

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-Hi, Aled,

-this is Sally from North Wales.

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-I'm heading off on a spa break

-but I'm full of a stinking cold.

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-Could you find something to cure my

-spirits and life my soul? Thank you.

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-Poor you.

-Nothing worse than a stinking cold.

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-Hopefully the spa will help.

-I think it will.

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-Have a great time,

-or as we say in North Wales...

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-..good luck and enjoy yourself.

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-Bet you didn't know

-I could speak Welsh. Course you did!

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-The best thing about the studio is,

-say I'm missing Wales...

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-..and I need

-a bit of red in my soul...

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-..I can alter the mood

-and I'm back in Wales!

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-I feel as if I'm at

-the Millennium Stadium now...

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-..about to sing Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau!

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-The bosses don't like me

-turning it all red usually!

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-Life without music

-would be impossible.

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-My wife and children say

-that I sing all day every day.

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-They're not always pleased about

-that. The kids tell me to be quiet.

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-But I sing here

-without me realizing it.

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-It's in my soul. It's who I am.

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-I've sung since birth.

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-When the music's playing...

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-..I'll sing along or whistle along

-to the music because it's in me.

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-It's who I am.

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-I released 16 albums as a child.

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-But it was a fantastically simple

-process for me.

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-I'd record in a Penarth church with

-Hefin Owen and Merfyn Williams...

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-..and soundman Geoff Atkins.

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-They'd be in a lorry outside...

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-..and I'd be with Huw Tregelles

-in the church.

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-People would say to me...

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-.."You must've spent months

-on that song to get it so good."

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-But the truth is,

-I'd turn up in the morning...

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-..I'd sit on the organ stool

-with Huw Tregelles...

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-..and if it was Bist Du Bei Mir,

-I'd say, "Huw, it's a bit high."

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-"OK, I'll transpose it." So

-he transposed it and I recorded it.

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-That's how we recorded an album.

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-That's how we recorded an album.

-

-But nothing lasts forever.

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-Soon, the time came

-when the soprano voice...

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-..that had defined Aled

-for so long broke.

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-I was at the same church in Penarth

-and I'd recorded four songs.

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-My voice didn't sound the same,

-I had a bit of a cold.

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-I remember

-shouting over the intercom...

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-.."How's the voice?"

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-"OK, we'll try it once more -

-it sounds flat in some places...

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-"..and sharp in others."

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-I was never sharp or flat.

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-I said, "Is Mam there?" They said,

-"No, she's gone shopping."

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-Truth is, Mam was there but she was

-crying, Geoff and Hefin were crying.

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-They knew

-this was the beginning of the end.

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-We went for lunch together...

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-..and I was with Merfyn in the car.

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-I said, "I know you've spent

-a lot of money on this session...

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-"..but do you mind if I don't go

-back because I want to finish now."

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-I'm welling up, just recounting

-the story! Merf said, "Don't worry."

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-Britain's

-most outstanding schoolboy singer...

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-..has announced his retirement

-at the age of 16.

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-Is this not premature? I gather

-your voice hasn't broken yet.

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-It's changing,

-it's getting a bit deeper.

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-It's better to quit

-on a high note than a low note.

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-I've never regarded my voice

-breaking as a negative thing.

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-It was something very positive.

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-I was looking forward

-to becoming a man.

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-I was looking forward

-to my voice breaking.

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-You don't want to be singing like

-a boy soprano when you're 19 or 20!

0:22:420:22:47

-So when I made the decision

-to give up singing...

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-..I didn't have a problem with it.

0:22:510:22:53

-I knew I'd sing again in future...

0:22:540:22:56

-..whether it be in the bath

-or at the Albert Hall.

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-That wasn't up to me,

-it was in the lap of the gods.

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-I was going to be happy, regardless.

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-If I could sing at home, great, if

-I could sing on stage, better still.

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-# A simple youthful lad am I

0:23:100:23:14

-# Who loves at fancy's pleasure

0:23:140:23:18

-# I fondly watch the blooming wheat

0:23:180:23:22

-# Another reaps the treasure

0:23:230:23:26

-# Oh!

-Wherefore still despise my suit

0:23:260:23:30

-# Why sighing keep thy love?

0:23:300:23:34

-# For some new charm

-thou matchless fair

0:23:350:23:40

-# I day by day discover

0:23:400:23:44

-# While hair adorns this aching brow

0:23:440:23:48

-# Still I will love sincerely

0:23:480:23:53

-# While ocean rolls its briny flow

0:23:530:23:58

-# Still I will love thee dearly

0:23:590:24:03

-# Then tell the truth,

-in secret tell

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-# And under seal discover

0:24:080:24:13

-# If it be I or who is blest

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-# As thy true heart's best lover #

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-# "Bring me," said David

0:24:520:24:55

-# "The harp I adore"

0:24:560:25:01

-# I long ere death calls me

0:25:010:25:04

-# To play it once more

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-# Help me to reach

0:25:100:25:14

-# My beloved strings again

0:25:140:25:19

-# On widow and children

0:25:200:25:24

-# God's blessing remains

0:25:240:25:29

-# Last night I heard

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-# A kind angel thus say

0:25:420:25:47

-# "David, fly home

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-# "On the wings of thy lay"

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-# Harp of my youth

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-# And thy music, adieu

0:26:010:26:06

-# Widow and children

0:26:060:26:11

-# God's blessing on you #

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-Hello there. How are you?

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-I'm fine.

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-I'm the new patron

-of the William Mathias Music Centre.

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-I'm so proud of the role.

0:26:350:26:38

-I knew William well as a child.

-His wife was my voice coach.

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-I wouldn't be singing now

-without his wife.

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-She got me into

-the Royal Academy of Music.

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-Since Aled was famous as a soprano,

-after his voice broke...

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-..he had to face the possibility

-of never singing publicly again.

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-Yet he was determined

-to prove otherwise...

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-..and was aided by the late composer

-William Mathias and wife Yvonne...

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-..to retrain his voice.

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-William was a fantastic composer.

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-I sang his music

-as a chorister at Bangor Cathedral.

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-And Yvonne taught me to sing...

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-..so that I could study at the

-Royal Academy of Music in London.

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-My lessons with Yvonne Mathias

-had to be seen to be believed.

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-I'd reach their house

-at around 10.00am on a Sunday...

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-..and Yvonne and I

-would practise scales.

0:27:330:27:36

-At 11.00am William would emerge

-from his room...

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-..where he'd been

-writing brilliant music...

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-..and he'd say, "I'll play

-the piano. Yvonne, you get up."

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-I'd sing with William Mathias

-at the piano, which is surreal.

0:27:480:27:52

-We were at Rochester Cathedral

-and I talked about your dad...

0:27:520:27:56

-..bringing me a gin and tonic

-in a singing lesson.

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-I had to ring my mum to pick me up

-because I was a bit drunk!

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-William was a real eccentric and his

-passion was expressed in his music.

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-He'd play the piano while I'd sing

-and I'd think to myself...

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-..how lucky I was

-that this was happening to me.

0:28:140:28:17

-He was fantastic. I loved going

-to their house on a Sunday morning.

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-For me to be able

-to give something back...

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-..and help the centre is great.

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-# Dominus secum

0:28:280:28:35

-# Benedicta tu #

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-I think we have the best musicians

-and singers in the world in Wales.

0:28:430:28:47

-Seeing those young singers

-and instrumentalists...

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-..was an amazing experience.

0:28:510:28:54

-Following the crucial retraining...

0:28:560:28:59

-..Aled graduated after studying for

-three years at the Royal Academy.

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-He spent a period at the Bristol Old

-Vic Theatre School following that...

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-..before Aled decided to release

-his first album as a young man.

0:29:080:29:13

-The decision to come back

-and release albums as an adult...

0:29:140:29:19

-..was the first time I felt

-real pressure on my shoulders.

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-I had no idea how people

-would take to my new voice.

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-My first album, Aled, went to

-number one in the classical charts.

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-It was such a relief for me.

0:29:330:29:35

-There came even more pressure

-with the second album...

0:29:350:29:38

-..because I was worried I was going

-to be a one-hit wonder as an adult.

0:29:390:29:43

-When I heard the second album

-had gone to number one too...

0:29:430:29:47

-..I felt a huge sense of relief...

0:29:470:29:50

-..because I knew then that I had

-something to offer as an adult too.

0:29:500:29:54

-Aled the tenor has since released

-more than 30 records.

0:29:580:30:02

-But the release

-of the new album, One Voice...

0:30:020:30:05

-..provided an opportunity to feature

-both voices - tenor and soprano.

0:30:050:30:09

-Thank you so much.

0:30:090:30:11

-I was on tour with Ian Tilley,

-who produces my albums...

0:30:110:30:17

-..and who plays

-accompaniment for me on tour...

0:30:170:30:20

-..and I happened to have a tape...

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-..of the folk songs I'd recorded as

-a child that'd never been released.

0:30:240:30:29

-We listened to the tape

-and we couldn't believe it.

0:30:300:30:33

-I've never listened

-to my singing voice as a child.

0:30:340:30:37

-There are lots of my albums

-I've never listened to.

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-I'd go to the studio,

-record them and move on.

0:30:410:30:45

-This was the first time

-I'd sat in a car for four hours...

0:30:450:30:49

-..and listened

-to these folk song recordings.

0:30:490:30:52

-I couldn't believe it, the voice

-was, I suppose I can say it now...

0:30:530:30:57

-..but my voice was fantastic.

0:30:580:31:00

-I couldn't get over

-how clear it was...

0:31:000:31:03

-..and my interpretation

-of the songs.

0:31:030:31:05

-Ian said, "You've

-got to do something with this."

0:31:060:31:09

-I said, "I had a dream that I was

-singing with my younger self."

0:31:090:31:15

-I still feel I'm the same person.

0:31:150:31:18

-When I sing...

0:31:180:31:20

-..the feeling I got from singing

-as a child is still there.

0:31:200:31:25

-If you gave me a song as a child

-I'd be able to sing it instantly...

0:31:250:31:29

-..and make the piece my own

-and that's still there.

0:31:290:31:32

-We went to LA to record the album...

0:31:330:31:36

-..and Eriskay Love Lilt

-was the first track.

0:31:360:31:39

-For five or eight bars

-we're singing together in unison...

0:31:390:31:44

-..and I remember turning to Ian

-and saying, "Did you feel that?"

0:31:440:31:49

-All the hair on my head,

-arms and neck stood on end.

0:31:490:31:54

-I've never had that feeling

-in a studio before.

0:31:540:31:58

-We knew we had something incredible

-on our hands.

0:31:580:32:02

-# Vair me o ro van o

0:32:040:32:09

-# Vair me o ro ven ee

0:32:090:32:15

-# Vair me o ru o ho

0:32:150:32:21

-# Sad am I without thee

0:32:210:32:26

-# When I'm lonely, dear white heart

0:32:350:32:40

-# Black the night and wild the sea

0:32:410:32:46

-# By love's light my foot finds

0:32:460:32:52

-# The old pathway to thee

0:32:520:32:57

-# Vair me o ro van o

0:32:580:33:03

-# Vair me o ro ven ee

0:33:040:33:08

-# Vair me o ru o ho

0:33:090:33:15

-# Sad am I without thee...

0:33:150:33:22

-The decision to end my career as a

-boy soprano wasn't at all negative.

0:33:260:33:31

-But looking back at my young voice

-and listening to it as an adult...

0:33:310:33:36

-..was a bittersweet experience

-but I was glad I could do it.

0:33:370:33:41

-There's plenty of footage of me

-singing as a child...

0:33:420:33:45

-..but no-one had heard this one

-and I was so proud of the vocals.

0:33:450:33:50

-It was a great experience

-singing along with my old voice.

0:33:500:33:54

-# Thou'rt the music of my heart

0:33:540:33:59

-# Harp of joy, o cuit no chridh

0:33:590:34:05

-# Moon of guidance by night

0:34:050:34:11

-# Strength and light thou'rt to me

0:34:110:34:18

-# Vair me o ro van o

0:34:180:34:24

-# Vair me o ro ven ee

0:34:240:34:31

-# Vair me o ru o ho

0:34:310:34:37

-# Sad am I without thee #

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-# Sleep, child, on my bosom

0:35:090:35:16

-# Snug and warm is she

0:35:160:35:23

-# Mother's arms are tight around you

0:35:230:35:30

-# Mother's love is under my breast

0:35:300:35:36

-# Nothing will be allowed

-to disturb you sleep

0:35:370:35:44

-# No man will do wrong with you

0:35:440:35:51

-# Sleep quietly, dear child

0:35:520:35:59

-# Sleep gently

-on your mother's breast

0:35:590:36:06

-# Sleep quietly tonight, sleep

0:36:140:36:21

-# Gently sleep

-you are the picture of beauty

0:36:210:36:27

-# Why do you now smile

0:36:280:36:34

-# Tenderly smiling in your sleep?

0:36:340:36:41

-# Are there angels above

-that are smiling

0:36:420:36:48

-# On you smiling merrily?

0:36:480:36:55

-# You smile back in your sleep

0:36:570:37:03

-# Sleeping quietly on my breast

0:37:030:37:11

-# Do not fear, it's only a leaf

0:37:190:37:25

-# Knocking, knocking on the door

0:37:250:37:32

-# Do not fear a lonely small wave

0:37:330:37:39

-# Washing, washing on the seashore

0:37:390:37:47

-# Sleep, my child,

-there is nothing here

0:37:480:37:54

-# Nothing to give you a fright

0:37:540:38:02

-# Smile quietly in my bosom

0:38:030:38:10

-# On the white angels over yonder #

0:38:110:38:19

-Following the success of Aled

-singing with his younger self...

0:38:280:38:33

-..it was decided

-that the duet should continue...

0:38:340:38:38

-..and what better way at Christmas

-than with a song...

0:38:380:38:42

-..that sums up Aled as a singer?

0:38:420:38:44

-We're recording the video

-of us singing together.

0:38:450:38:48

-It's fantastic.

-It's come full circle.

0:38:490:38:51

-Who'd have thought

-that as a 15-year-old...

0:38:520:38:55

-..recording the original...

0:38:550:38:59

-..that I'd be

-recording it again at 45?

0:38:590:39:02

-But I believe

-both voices fuse together nicely.

0:39:020:39:05

-I hope people enjoy it.

0:39:050:39:07

-I had a tear in my eye when I

-began singing it, to be honest.

0:39:080:39:11

-It's been pleasurable.

0:39:110:39:13

-And for such a special song there

-was only one way of launching it.

0:39:140:39:19

-We're here at City Airport in London

-and we're flying to Cardiff.

0:39:200:39:24

-I'll be singing

-Walking in the Air in the air!

0:39:240:39:27

-It's the first time I've done that

-at 18,000 feet.

0:39:270:39:31

-Someone came up with the idea of

-singing in an aeroplane, so why not?

0:39:330:39:37

-Walking in the Air

-has been rewritten by Howard Blake.

0:39:400:39:45

-We used the voice

-of my younger self...

0:39:450:39:48

-..so Little Aled

-is the little boy singing...

0:39:480:39:52

-..and my voice now is the Snowman,

-so it's a proper duet.

0:39:530:39:56

-Howard is a fantastic composer...

0:39:560:39:59

-..and he also likes to stretch me.

0:40:000:40:02

-I think

-there's a three-octave range...

0:40:020:40:05

-..in the part

-I've recorded as an adult.

0:40:050:40:09

-Howard's written an extremely

-high falsetto just for a laugh!

0:40:090:40:14

-# I'm finding I can fly

-so high above with you #

0:40:140:40:20

-Walking in the Air and

-The Snowman is part of Christmas.

0:40:250:40:28

-I'm proud my name is associated with

-something as good as The Snowman.

0:40:280:40:33

-The cartoon is fantastic.

0:40:330:40:35

-But when it comes to my Christmas...

0:40:360:40:39

-..I'm not at home singing Walking

-in the Air to my kids - not at all!

0:40:390:40:44

-Usually we spend Christmas

-with Nain and Taid...

0:40:440:40:48

-..or we're with Claire's mother

-up north.

0:40:480:40:52

-But if we happen to be at home...

0:40:520:40:54

-..we spend time as a family

-eating and drinking too much...

0:40:550:40:59

-..and watching telly.

0:40:590:41:01

-We just want to be together.

0:41:010:41:03

-As I get older...

0:41:220:41:24

-..I'm conscious

-that I'm not Superman.

0:41:250:41:27

-I like nothing more nowadays...

0:41:280:41:30

-..if I have

-four or five days off work...

0:41:300:41:33

-..than going to visit Nain and Taid,

-Mam and Dad, in Llandegfan.

0:41:340:41:39

-I say to myself, "Oh, I need this!

-I need to recharge the batteries."

0:41:400:41:44

-This place is so far removed

-from where I live in London...

0:42:030:42:06

-..and the work I do in London,

-which changes every half an hour...

0:42:060:42:10

-..from one place to the next.

0:42:100:42:12

-It couldn't be more different.

0:42:130:42:15

-It's just fresh air and sea...

0:42:180:42:20

-..which has

-long been a part of my life.

0:42:210:42:23

-As a child, I couldn't wait to get

-back to London's hustle and bustle.

0:42:290:42:34

-But when I come back

-to somewhere like this...

0:42:340:42:37

-..I feel the stresses and strains

-lifted from my shoulders.

0:42:370:42:41

-Once I reach Anglesey

-I feel completely different.

0:42:470:42:51

-It takes perhaps a day to unwind...

0:42:510:42:54

-..but after that I don't even

-want to check my email or anything.

0:42:540:42:58

-Though Emilia and Lucas

-were born in London...

0:43:050:43:08

-..and we all live in London -

-I have to work there for my work...

0:43:090:43:14

-..it's important for them

-to know where I was brought up too.

0:43:140:43:18

-They love coming to stay

-with Nain and Taid.

0:43:180:43:21

-They have so much room to run about

-in the woods, at the seaside...

0:43:210:43:25

-..and in the mountains

-and they love fishing.

0:43:260:43:28

-Everything they don't do in London.

0:43:290:43:32

-It's a bit different to London.

0:43:320:43:34

-It's a bit different to London.

-

-Yeah, definitely.

0:43:340:43:35

-You can relax more.

0:43:360:43:38

-Nain and Taid are lucky.

0:43:380:43:40

-As a child, I remember Dad saying,

-"Come on, we'll go sailing."

0:43:400:43:45

-I was about 12 years old

-and sometimes I thought...

0:43:460:43:49

-.."I'd prefer

-to play football with a friend."

0:43:490:43:53

-But being with Lucas

-on the Menai Strait...

0:43:530:43:56

-..and seeing him take in all

-the sights that I saw as a child...

0:43:560:44:01

-..gave me great pleasure.

0:44:020:44:03

-We're so lucky

-that Mam and Dad, Nain and Tad...

0:44:040:44:07

-..live in

-such beautiful surroundings.

0:44:080:44:10

-There's nowhere like Anglesey.

0:44:110:44:13

-Anything I do, I hope

-I do it to the best of my abilities.

0:44:250:44:28

-If I sing or

-if I'm presenting on TV and radio...

0:44:300:44:33

-..I hope

-I put my heart and soul into it.

0:44:330:44:36

-I'm very lucky.

0:44:360:44:37

-Looking back on my singing career as

-a child, I feel immensely proud too.

0:44:380:44:42

-I hope I come across

-as a genuine person...

0:44:430:44:48

-..and I hope I don't hurt anyone.

0:44:480:44:51

-I'm mindful now...

0:44:520:44:55

-..that I need that time off

-to recharge the batteries.

0:44:550:44:59

-I might think

-of going to Penmon or Llanddwyn...

0:44:590:45:03

-..or sit in one of the pubs

-in Beaumaris or wherever...

0:45:030:45:08

-..and just be.

0:45:080:45:11

-# Beside the sea

0:45:110:45:15

-# Red roses growing

0:45:150:45:17

-# Beside the sea

0:45:190:45:21

-# White lilies showing

0:45:230:45:27

-# Beside the sea

0:45:280:45:32

-# Their beauty telling

0:45:320:45:35

-# My true loves sleeps

0:45:380:45:40

-# Within her dwelling

0:45:420:45:45

-# Beside the sea

0:45:550:45:58

-# The stones lie scattered

0:45:580:46:02

-# Where tender words in love

-were uttered

0:46:020:46:08

-# While all around

0:46:090:46:12

-# There grew the lily

0:46:120:46:15

-# And sweetest branches

0:46:160:46:20

-# Of rosemary

0:46:200:46:23

-# Beside the sea

0:46:320:46:35

-# Blue pebbles lying

0:46:360:46:39

-# Beside the sea

0:46:390:46:42

-# Gold flowers glowing

0:46:420:46:46

-# Beside the sea

0:46:460:46:50

-# Are all things fairest

0:46:500:46:52

-# Beside the sea

0:46:530:46:56

-# Is found my dearest

0:46:570:47:01

-# Beside the sea

0:47:110:47:15

-# Are all things fairest

0:47:150:47:20

-# Beside the sea

0:47:220:47:26

-# Is found my dearest #

0:47:290:47:34

-# We're walking in the air

0:48:090:48:14

-# We're floating in the moonlit sky

0:48:140:48:20

-# The people far below #

0:48:200:48:22

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0:48:230:48:25

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Gwledd o gerddoriaeth a chyfle i edrych 'nol ar fywyd Aled Jones wrth iddo ddychweld i Gadeirlan Bangor ar gyfer cyngerdd arbennig. A look at the life of Aled Jones as he sings in Bangor.