'WALKING IN THE AIR' DUET VERSION FOR TENOR, TREBLE, AND STRING ORCHESTRA op.681 (August 2016)

An arrangement specially created for ONE VOICE AT CHRISTMAS a recording using the original treble voice recording of 1985 along with the tenor voice in the present
Published by: chester/highbridge
Commissioned by: One Voice at Christmas
Instrumentation: treble, tenor and string orchestra

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Note on Lyrics: Howard Blake
Duration: 3:30
First Performance: Peacock Theatre London on the first night of the Sadler's Wells, Birmingham Rep 'Snowman Stage Show' 23rd November 2016

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 anna@annamenzies.com

Recordings Available
ONE VOICE AT CHRISTMAS
Released: 25th November 2016
Recorded: 9th August 2016
Artists: ALED JONES
Available from: Amazon UK

Released by Global/Classic FM 25.11.2016

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.

Performances

25th November 2016 Aled Jones, Classic FM

LATEST NEWS

18/10/2016 8:49pm

ONE VOICE AT CHRISTMAS - OUT NOVEMBER 25th.


You can buy now on this link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Voice-Christmas-Aled-Jones/dp/B01M2VAIHR/

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. 
 
  • Includes hit single 'Walking in the Air' with new arrangement by Howard Blake.
  • Collaboration with John Williams on 'Silent Night'.
  • Brand new setting of 'It Came Upon a Midnight Clear' composed by Howard Goodall.
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.
  • Walking in the Air
  • O Holy Night
  • In the Bleak Midwinter
  • Silent Night
  • O Come, O come, Emmanuel
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  • Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
  • Away in a Manager
  • Little Road to Bethlehem
  • It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
  • Hwiangerdd Mair
  • Come unto Him
  • Little Drummer Boy

25th November 2016 Aled Jones tenor and treble ('One Voice'), Classic FM

NEW RECORDING

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.

Related Works


'THE SNOWMAN CONCERT VERSION for narrator (or film), boy soprano and orchestra' op.323 (October 1983) (Audio Sample Available)
A concert work based on the score for the animated film with narration written by Howard Blake (based on the picture-book by Raymond Briggs and with his permission)
'THE SNOWMAN (animated children's film)' op.310 (September 1982)
Channel 4 animated film directed by Diane Jackson, wordless except for the featured song, 'Walking in the Air', music and lyrics by Howard Blake who also composed, orchestrated and conducted the score. Oscar nomination, best short film; BAFTA best children's programme; Bafta TV nomination - best graphics; Grand Prix Tampere International Short Film Festival etc
'Walking in the air (Theme from 'The Snowman') for voice and piano' op.323b (September 1983)
The song from the animated film of 'The Snowman' extracted from the complete score arranged for piano by the composer
'Walking in the air (easy piano version)' op.335b (January 1984)
Easy piano version of the Snowman song with lyrics and guitar chords (Publisher's arrangement)
'We're Walking In The Air' op.343 (January 1985)
A version for a cappella voices
'Walking In The Air - Instrumental Versions' op.364b (1986)
An arrangement of the theme song from The Snowman for organ
'Walking in the Air-Instrumental Versions' op.364c (January 1986)
Walking in the air for flute and piano
'Walking In The Air - Instrumental Versions' op.364d (January 1986)
Walking in the Air for Easy Piano
'Walking In The Air - Instrumental Versions' op.364e (January 1986)
Walking in the Air for trumpet and piano
'Walking In The Air - Instrumental Versions' op.364f (January 1986)
Walking in the air for clarinet and piano
'Walking In The Air - Instrumental Versions' op.364g (January 1986)
Walking in the air for recorder and piano
'WALKING IN THE AIR (catalan & castllian versions)' op.371y (February 2009)
translations by miguel bota totxo
'Walking In The Air (For Girls Choir And Orchestra)' op.434 (December 1991)
An arrangement for the girls' choir 'Cantamus'
'Fantasia on Walking In The Air' op.539 (December 2004)
Organ arrangement for Carlo Curley
'Walking In The Air' op.558 (September 2005)
A new orchestration by the composer
'WALKING IN THE AIR (a duet version for treble, tenor & orchestra)' op.576 (August 2006)
A new version of the song from The Snowman composed for Aled Jones
'Walking In The Air (for wind band)' op.582A (January 1996)
The theme from The Snowman arranged by Stephen Barnwell
'WALKING IN THE AIR (a cappella version for S.A.T, 2 Bar., Bass)' op.585 (July 2007)
developed from a shorter version originally written for The King's Singers
'WALKING IN THE AIR for string quartet' op.615 (August 2010)
A version of the Snowman song for string quartet, extracted from the Suite for String Quartet
'Walking in the air (extract Lifecycle)' op.616 (September 2010)
a special arrangement for Chen Shocann and William Chen
'WALKING IN THE AIR for violin and piano' op.620 (December 2010)
Concert arrangement
'WALKING IN THE AIR FOR SATB CHORUS AND PIANO' op.624 (May 2011)
A re-arrangement of version for SATB and Orchestra opus.335a
'WALKING IN THE AIR FOR SA CHOIR AND PIANO' op.624a (May 2011)
A re-arrangement of the version for SA and Orchestra opus.434 (1981)
'WALKING IN THE AIR FOR UNISON CHILDREN'S CHOIR, SOLO TENOR OBBLIGATO AND ORCHESTRA' op.626 (June 2011)
The song from the animated film of The Snowman specially arranged for BBC 'Songs of Praise' Christmas Day 2011
'THE SNOWMAN - FILM OF THE LIVE STAGE SHOW' op.628 (November 2010)
DVD VIDEO FILM with additional narration spoken by Joanna Lumley. Made for Sony Music Entertainment UK. Executive producers Stuart Rogers and Howard Blake
'Walking in the Air for guitar' op.652 (October 2013)
An arrangement made for Craig Ogden
'Walking in the air for brass enemble' op.653a (December 2013)
'WALKING IN THE AIR FOR PIANO QUARTET' op.667 (November 2014)
Specially arranged for the Gloucester Music Society

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