Looking ahead to a Christmas special

Aled Jones in the Christmas celebration at the DLWP
Aled Jones in the Christmas celebration at the DLWP

Following a sell-out summer performance, Adam Hepkin’s The Magic of the Musicals is back at the De La Warr Pavilion for a Christmas show on December 6 starring Aled Jones.

Aled Jones has been a household name since the 1980’s. He will forever be remembered as one of the most successful boy sopranos having made a professional debut as a 12 year old performing the role of the Angel in Handel’s Oratorio ‘Jeptha’ on BBC2 and BBC Radio 3.

Emily Carey at Magic of The Musicals - photo by Legend studios

Emily Carey at Magic of The Musicals - photo by Legend studios

He performed countless concerts all over the world including a spot at the Hollywood Bowl and sharing the stage with maestro Leonard Bernstein. Singing the ‘Chichester Psalms’ with the composer conducting was a huge highlight. Aled had already released 12 albums by the time ‘Walking in the Air,’ from The Snowman, was released. The record reached No. 5 in the UK charts in 1985. He also performed ten sell-out live ‘Snowman’ shows that year. Since then, Jones has a total of 30 albums to his name – selling over 7 million copies to date.

Many will know Aled as the presenter of his Classic FM show and as host of his own TV show, ‘Weekend’ on ITV1. However, his stage career has seen him take the lead role of Caractacus Potts in ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ in Cardiff to great acclaim. In 2009 he joined the cast of Irving Berlin’s ‘White Christmas’ in the starring role and played in Plymouth and Manchester. Aled returned to ‘White Christmas’ to star in London’s West End at the end of 2014.

Aled will be joined by star of Avenue Q and “reigning Queen of new musical theatre” Julie Atherton, star of stage and screen, Emily Carey and a host of other West End performers.

The professional soloists will be supported by a fantastic community choir, The Magic of the Musicals band and dancers, choreographed by Stephanie Hepkin.

Producer and director Adam Hepkin has said, “The production has gone from strength to strength over the past few years and I am delighted that Aled will be joining us at Christmas along with Julie, Emily and the other incredible performers. It is a pleasure to be bringing this all new show to the De La Warr Pavilion. Expect festive favourites, Lloyd Webber, Sondheim, Gershwin, Rogers and Hammerstein and everything in-between, culminating in a magical White Christmas finale.”

Tickets are available from the De La Warr Pavilion box office (01424) 229111 and range from £14 - £30. Following the sell-out of the recent production in June, early booking is strongly recommended as availability is extremely limited.