Aled Jones MBE has announced that he will be joined on his upcoming 2022 UK tour by classically trained pianist and composer Tamara Konstantin.
Having performed for HRH Prince Charles, Tamara has been honoured by her country of origin and had her highly acclaimed compositions played on Classic FM and BBC Radio. But music is actually her third successful career – she was the first female political presenter on Georgian TV, before becoming VP of an oil company. Ten years ago she returned to her early love of music and three successful albums followed. Her most recent body of work, Resilience (released by Lastman Music), combines her own mesmerising and passionate compositions with her love of Chopin’s romanticism, Rachmaninoff’s strength and Beethoven’s dynamism. Created during the pandemic, it is a testament to Tamara’s belief in the power of music to console, uplift, and bring people together.
Tamara will perform with her trio, the Three Graces, which includes world renowned cellist Jiaxin Lloyd Webber and violinist Elly Suh.
Aled will also be joined by the classically trained Brit Nominee soprano Carly Paoli. Born in the UK but with strong Italian roots, Carly has duetted with José Carreras for HRH The Prince of Wales at Windsor Castle and with Andrea Bocelli, subsequently shown on PBS television. Her new album, Carly Paoli & Friends released September 2021 is an eclectic selection of duets ranging across the musical genres. Featuring artists such as Joseph Calleja, Elaine Paige and Tony Hadley, in one of the stand-out spiritual numbers she is joined by Aled himself in a new version of the beautiful Irish hymn, Be Thou My Vision.
Beginning at St Mary’s Church in Nottingham on 23rd February, the tour will take in some of the most stunning holy buildings in the UK, including Bristol Cathedral, Manchester Monestary, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, Coventry Cathedral and Durham Cathedral, before ending at St Asaph Cathedral on 26th March.
The tour will see Aled perform tracks from his album Blessings, which features songs from a range of different faiths – Quaker, Christian, Catholic, Muslim and Buddhism – including uplifting hymns, texts and scriptures set to music.
40 years have passed since Aled was a choir boy at Bangor Cathedral, having gone onto receive countless prestigious awards, record-breaking sales and chart successes. He is the original classical crossover star, having performed for the Pope and the Royal Family, received an MBE and racked up over 10 million album sales throughout his extraordinary career.
After beginning his career at the age of 12, Aled became one of the world’s most successful boy sopranos, releasing 12 hit albums in 4 years, with the defining moment being Walking In The Air, the hit song from the family-favourite film The Snowman. He has since released over 40 albums, and has over 40 silver, gold and platinum discs.
Aled has also forged an extensive career as a TV & Radio presenter. He hosts the most listened to show on Sunday on Classic FM, and has been a firm favourite presenting Songs Of Praise on BBC 1 for almost 20 years.
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