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All sheet music for "The Snowman" and "Walking In The Air" since 2010 is published and available from Chester Music Ltd, part of The Music Sales Group, www.chesternovello.com It can be purchased online from MusicRoom.com, or from music retailers.
"Walking In The Air" is also available in a concert piano-only version arranged by the composer direct from Highbridge Music as part of the collection of piano pieces called "Lifecycle", available form Amazon or from Highbridge Music; enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Howard Blake describes 25 years of The Snowman animated film and 10 years of The Snowman Stage Show at Sadler's Wells Peacock Theatre in London's West End and plays "Walking in the Air". View the recording here.
The classic original Columbia album conducted by Howard Blake with treble soloist Peter Auty and narration by Bernard Cribbins is available from Sony Music Entertainment CDX71116CD, Amazon and retailers.
The 2010 DVD film of The Snowman Live Stage Show narrated by Joanna Lumley is available from Sony Music Entertainment, CDR 81267; also from Amazon and retailers.
|25th November 2016||Aled Jones, Classic FM
ONE VOICE AT CHRISTMAS - OUT NOVEMBER 25th.
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Aled Jones returns to duet with himself on his brand new Classic FM album, 'One Voice at Christmas'.
The follow-up to this year’s no.1 album One Voice.
Released on 25th November on the Classic FM label.
Following the massive success of 'One Voice' earlier this year, Aled Jones MBE returns with a brand new duet album titled 'One Voice at Christmas' ; a collection of popular classics including his worldwide smash, 'Walking in the Air,' which was first a UK hit more than 30 years ago.
Re-arranged for 2016 by Howard Blake, 'Walking in the Air' leads the 13-track album which includes traditional Christmas songs such as 'O Holy Night' and 'O Come, O Come, Emmanuel', through to seasonal favourites including 'Little Drummer Boy' (duet with Sir Terry Wogan), 'Away in a Manger,' 'In the Bleak Midwinter' and 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas'.
Once again, Aled duets with his younger self – man and boy – on the album which features a brand new setting of 'It Came Upon a Midnight Clear', composed by Howard Goodall, plus a collaboration with guitarist John Williams on 'Silent Night'.
In April this year, Classic FM presenter Aled released his first duet album, 'One Voice', on the Classic FM label following the discovery of the last ever recordings of him as a boy. A unique concept, the album went straight in at no.3 in the UK Album Chart, and dominated the no.1 position in the Classical Chart for a staggering 14 weeks.
Aled Jones has had an extraordinary career over the past three decades. He has performed for Her Majesty the Queen, the Pope and numerous members of the Royal Family. He has released more than 30 albums generating 8 million albums sales and counting. He has performed across the world from the Hollywood Bowl to The Vatican and from Buckingham Palace to the Sydney Opera House, via the Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Never staying in his comfort zone, he has performed in English, Welsh and Japanese.
Millions know him for his radio and TV presenting work which includes his Sunday breakfast show on Classic FM and his own flagship ITV show 'Weekend'. However it is his music and his voice which has in-grained him in the fabric of music since the 1980s. His charity work has also led to Aled to release two singles with Sir Terry Wogan, one of which is featured on the album with Little Drummer Boy.
Aled said, “The support I had from Classic FM for 'One Voice' was overwhelming and making the album brought back such brilliant memories. To go back in the studio and do it again for Christmas is just a dream come true. 'Walking in the Air' caps off such a great year for me and I’m thrilled to give it a new lease of life. Who knows, maybe we’ll get to the top of the Christmas chart again!”.
One Voice at Christmas will be released on Friday 25th November on the Classic FM label.
For more information, please visit: www.classicfm.com/shop
One Voice at Christmas – Track Listing.Produced by IAN TILLEY.
|25th November 2016||Aled Jones tenor and treble ('One Voice'), Classic FM
At the request of Aled Jones, Howard Blake has created a new arrangement of his global hit song 'Walking in the Air', which Aled Jones has recorded for Classic FM to be released November 25th 2016 as the star-track or single on his new album - 'One Voice' - volume 2.
His current album, 'One Voice' has been at number one in the Classic FM music charts for more than 13 weeks.
Aled will sing a completely new tenor line with orchestral backing both of which tracks have been composed by Howard Blake. Against these tracks will be synched Aled's original treble track as recorded for EMI in 1985.
PETER AUTY VERSION 1982
Howard Blake wrote both words and music for the original theme-song of 'The Snowman' animated film and also orchestrated and conducted it. The first orchestral recording of the entire film including the song 'Walking in the Air' was made in CTS Studios Wembley on July 5th 1982 conducted by Howard Blake. The boy chosen as soloist was Peter Auty, at that time a chorister at St Paul's Cathedral. His voice was tracked on at De Lane Lea Studios, Dean Street, London on July9th 1982, supervised by the composer. In 2016 Peter Auty is a prominent tenor soloist with Covent Garden Opera.
ALED JONES VERSION 1985
In 1985 Blake was contacted by advertising agency Saatchi and Saatchi who asked if he would re-record 'Walking in the Air' as a track to a TV ad series for Toys 'R Us. Blake asys: 'I rang Peter Auty but his voice had unfortunately broken. I was recommended to use Aled Jones who recorded the song in Abbey Road. I was unable to conduct as I was now under contract with CBS/Masterworks in regard to 'The Snowman' which was starting to go platinum as an LP. The conductor on the EMI session was John Altman. The orchestral arrangement used was my original printed score but a couple of bars were transferred from the end of the 'dripping' scene to provide an intro. At my suggestion this version was released as a single on EMI and went on to become a chart hit (variously at no.3 and no.5.)
|23rd November 2016
- 1st January 2017
|Birmingham Rep/Sadler's Wells/Robert North dance company, Peacock Theatre, Kingsway, London
Aled Jones' new recording of 'Walking in the Air' was heard for the first time on 23rd November 2016 accompanying the Snowman and the boy's great aerial flying scene in the Sadler's Wells stage show /ballet at the Peacock Theatre, Kingsway, London. The album to be released by Classic FM/Global features the song as the star track of the second 'One Voice' album, Aled's classic treble recordings of himself as a boy duetting with himself as the tenor he is now in an arrangement specially created by composer and lyric-writer of the famous song from 'The Snowman' - Howard Blake.