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Friday 14th December 2018: 8:00 PM - doors open at 7:00 PM

The festival is thrilled to announce a wonderful festive Christmas concert with the much loved and acclaimed singer, recording artist, radio broadcaster and TV presenter Aled Jones on Friday 14th December at the stunning setting of St Mary’s Church, Rye.

Aled will be performing repertoire from his impressive back catalogue, songs from his last solo album release ‘One Voice’ and a selection of seasonal classics to get us all in the festive spirit!

Aled has had an extraordinary career over the past three decades. He is the original crossover star and has sung for the Pope and the Royal Family, has received an MBE, released over 30 albums, with over 10 million album sales and counting and has over 40 Silver, Gold and Platinum Discs.

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 animated film The Snowman.

Aled will be joined by the 16 piece Fidelity International choir and very special guest, mezzo soprano singer Danielle Thomas who at the age of 11, Danielle made her television debut on BBC’s Songs of Praise where she sang Rick Wakeman’s arrangement of ‘Morning has Broken’ accompanied by Rick himself, after being scouted by the BBC.

Danielle is an award winning classically trained singer from Liverpool and is a versatile performer with genres of music varying from classical, classical crossover to musical theatre and also putting her own touch on popular songs.

We are delighted to be working with local charity The Music Well for this concert series. Please dig deep at this time of year to support this wonderful cause.

This is a wonderful opportunity to treat someone special at Christmas or why not get a group of friends together to experience a truly unforgettable concert.

Tier 1 tickets (Front pews)
Adults £50
Children £25 (Under 18’s)

Tier 2 tickets (Rear pews and side)
Adults £40
Children £20 (Under 18’s)

Artist: Aled Jones

Listen to Aled Jones

Aled has had an extraordinary career over the past three decades. He is the original crossover star and has sung for the Pope and the Royal Family, has received an MBE, released over 30 albums, with over 10 million album sales and counting and has over 40 Silver, Gold and Platinum Discs.

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 animated film The Snowman.

His latest album ‘One Voice’ released in November 2017 went straight into number 1 on the British Classical Artist Album Chart and reached number 3 on the UK Album Charts. It’s a collection of spiritual classics and saw Aled duetting with his younger self – man and boy, but also featured a few special surprises: for the very first time, the Classic FM presenter was joined by his 12-year-old son Lucas, to duet on one of Aled’s favourites hymns, The Lord is My Shepherd, arranged by Howard Goodall. An incredibly tender and heartfelt rendition brought this beautiful trilogy to a stunning finale.

Artist: Danielle Louise Thomas

Listen to Danielle Louise Thomas

Danielle Louise Thomas is an award winning classically trained mezzo soprano from Liverpool. She is a versatile performer with genres of music varying from classical, classical crossover to musical theatre and also putting her own touch on popular songs.

Danielle is well known and highly regarded within the North West and is the singer in residence for the City of Liverpool, singing at civic events for the City, which include Citizen of Honour Ceremonies and Freedom of the City Ceremonies. These ceremonies included a performance for the late Sir Ken Dodd. She performed many times with Sir Ken and feels honoured to have performed at his very last ‘Happiness’ tour in December 2017. She is the proud Ambassador of North West Cancer Research.

Danielle began training at the very young age of 9 with a local teacher, Mr Gerald Hunt before attending the Junior School of the Royal Northern College of Music studying Voice and Piano. At the age of 11, she made her television debut on BBC’s Songs of Praise where she sang Rick Wakeman’s arrangement of ‘Morning has Broken’ accompanied by Rick himself, after being scouted by a producer from the BBC.

Danielle regularly performs in support of British Armed Forces. In 2013, Liverpool held the final commemorations for the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic. This started with the final visit from HMS Illustrious where Danielle was asked to perform on board after the mess dinner. Later that year, Danielle performed with The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth in a charity concert held at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. It was a dream come true for her to be able to work with ‘some of the most talented musicians’.

A commemoration service was also held at Liverpool Cathedral. Danielle had the honour of performing John Rutter’s ‘Gaelic Blessing’ in front of Veterans, HRH Princess Royal, The City of Liverpool and the nation. The service was broadcast live on BBC One.

One of Danielle’s 2015 highlights was singing from the Cunard building balcony in Liverpool at the memorable 175th Anniversary, 3 Queens Event to an audience in excess of a million people.

2016 was a significant year for Liverpool as the City held a vigil for the 96 Hillsborough victims. The vigil was broadcast live all over the world including Sky News, ITV and BBC One. Danielle sang a ‘Stirring rendition of Abide with Me’.

More recently, Danielle sang with HM Royal Marines with performances at Cadogan Hall in London, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and regularly works with Sony’s classical trio ‘The Priests’.

Venue: St Mary’s Church

St Mary’s Church

Situated in the heart of old Rye, and providing marvelous views over the surrounding area and coast from its tower, St Mary’s has stood for the best part of 1000 years and is home to the oldest still-functioning pendulum clock in the country . It has some fine stained glass, including a window designed by the pre-Raphaelite Burne-Jones in the north aisle. St Mary’s provides a wonderful setting for our live events throughout the festival and has hosted artists including Antonio Forcione, Sarah Jane Morris, Ian Shaw and Ola Onabule.

Facilities at St Mary’s Church
Please note all performances will have an interval of approximately 20 minutes.

  • Licensed bar during performances
  • Unreserved theatre style seating
  • Wheelchair access

Address
St Mary’s Church
Church Square
Rye
East Sussex
TN31 7HF

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