On May 3rd 1983, the late Hefina Orwig Evans of Bangor wrote a letter to the SAIN Recording Company singing the praises of a 12 year-old boy soprano from Llandegfan, Anglesey who was the lead soloist with the Bangor Cathedral Choir. She had just returned from a service where Aled Jones had sung Hear my Prayer with the choir, and she says: “it would be such a tragedy were his voice to break without a record of it”. That letter started the recording career of one of the best treble singers the world has ever seen.
Sain released his first album in 1983, and after hearing Aled’s voice, Dr George Guest, then Master of music at St John’s College Cambridge, and well known for his excellent boys’ choir, immediately hailed it as one of the three best treble records ever, and played it to the members of his choir as a lesson in voice production and control, and in musical interpretation. He wrote:
“… It is impossible to write of his new record without using words that convey a kind of perfection that cannot be attained in our imperfect world!”
Having released a number of albums on the SAIN label, Aled moved on to record for other labels and became the first person to have two classical albums in the Pop Charts at the same time.
Now in his forties, Aled Jones has pursued his singing career and is one of the few child singing stars who has carved out a successful career as an adult. He is a TV presenter on BBC’s ‘Songs of Praise’ and ‘Escape to the Country’ as well as many programmes on Welsh Television, and has presented radio programmes for Classic FM as well as Radio Wales and Radio Cymru.
He spent a year on stage as Joseph in ‘Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat’ in the West End, and came to national limelight while competing on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.
In 2002 he was presented with a Gold Disc to mark sales achievement by SAIN’s Managing Director, Dafydd Iwan, who said : “This calibre of treble singing is very rare indeed, and we will probably never see his likes again”.