As Aled Jones celebrate his milestone 50th birthday, BBC Wales invites viewers to join him as he takes a festive trip down memory lane.
Classic FM and Songs of Praise presenter Aled is arguably best known for being the voice behind one of the most iconic Christmas songs ever – ‘Walking in the Air’. During his remarkable career he’s released 40 albums, presented radio and television programmes, and performed for some of the biggest names in the world – including Pope John Paul II and the Queen. He revisits some of these stand-out moments in his career through nostalgic archive footage in the company of some celebrity friends, including writer and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth, and the man who wrote ‘Walking in the Air’, Howard Blake.
Reflecting on the celebration, Aled says: “What a birthday treat it’s been to be able to look back over my career. I’m very thankful that I’m still able to do what I love the most – singing has always been my true love. And I’m so thankful for the musical training I had growing up in North Wales. Without it, I doubt whether I would be following this path now. As I approach this landmark birthday with some trepidation it’s been a joy to reminisce on the past and revisit many of my musical friends. Making this programme touched my heart and I hope it leaves the audience ‘Walking on Air!’”
In this one-off documentary, Aled also returns to Anglesey to reminisce about his childhood and to celebrate his Welsh roots. There’s also a surprise in store when he watches footage he never knew existed of some of his earliest performances. And there’s also an exclusive performance by Aled on Llandysilio Island.
The documentary, Aled Jones at 50 will be on BBC One Wales on Wednesday, 30th December at 7:30pm and will also be available on BBC iPlayer.