|John Owen Jones|
Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera star John Owen-Jones is the latest big name star to join the 2012 Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod concert series line-up.
Owen-Jones, who is originally from Burry Port, will feature in the Grand finale musical extravaganza on Sunday 8 July. The award-winning and record-breaking West End and Broadway performer joins classical singer and Go Compare advert star Wynne Evans, Evans’ brother Mark Llywelyn Evans, soprano Fflur Wyn and Côr CF1 on the iconic Llangollen Pavilion stage.
The announcement comes as concert and field tickets are officially released on general sale via the Box Office (01978 862001) and on the Eisteddfod website.
John Owen-Jones says, "I'm really looking forward to performing at the Llangollen Eisteddfod’s Grand Finale, so much so that I'll be flying in from Dublin especially to sing there. Everyone taking part are going to make sure the audience that night go home feeling the Eisteddfod kept the best show for last!"
Owen-Jones is currently reprising his role as The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera having previously a successful stint between 2001 and 2005, and becoming the longest running Phantom.
Other names confirmed to appear at Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in 2012, between Tuesday 3 July and Sunday 8 July, include Alfie Boe, Karl Jenkins, Lesley Garrett, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and instrumentalists Alison Balsom and Nicola Benedetti.
John Owen Jones – Artist Biography
John Owen-Jones, from Burry Port in South Wales, is an award winning and record-breaking West End and Broadway performer. He is best known for his performances as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables and as The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera.
After training at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, John, at the age of twenty six became the youngest actor ever to play the role of Jean Valjean in the West End production of Les Miserables. He is one of only a handful of actors to have played the role of Valjean both in the West End and on Broadway following the revival of Les Miserables at the Broadhurst Theatre, New York in 2008. In a worldwide online poll, John was voted the “Best Ever Valjean” and “Best Ever Performer” in Les Miserables, by fans of the show.
John returned to play the role of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables for its 25th anniversary tour and was recently awarded the Manchester Evening News Award for the Best Actor in a Visiting Production for his performance as Jean Valjean, on the tour. The Manchester Evening News described his performance as “a truly astonishing achievement that must be one of the greatest stage performances of all time.” John was also part of the Valjean quartet featured in the finale of the Les Miserable 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 Arena, London.
John is currently reprising his role as The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, at her Majesty’s Theatre, London. He initially played the role nearly 1500 times from 2001 to 2005, making him the West End’s longest running Phantom. The Daily Mail described John as being “better than all the talented actors who preceded him in the role.”
Other roles include Ravenal in Raymond Gubbay’s production of Showboat at the Royal Albert Hall, Cleante in Moliere’s The Hypochondriac at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Mr Elanson in A Little Night Music at the Royal National Theatre.
John has performed as a soloist in concerts around the world from Bangkok to Bangor, North Wales! John has been a presenter for BBC Radio Wales and has made numerous appearances on television. John’s first solo recording ‘Hallelujah’, was released in 2006 on the Sain Label and his second album “John Owen Jones” was released in 2009. His third album will be released early next year, to coincide with a new UK tour of Phantom in January 2012.
2012 Llangollen International Eisteddfod
Tuesday 3 July – Sunday 8 July
2012 concert schedule in full –
Tickets on general and online sale from Monday 5 December 2011
Tuesday 3 July 2012
One World, One Stage, One Llangollen Welcome – Performances by some of the best and most colourful competitors of Llangollen 2012
Tickets - £15, £10
Wednesday 4 July 2012
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert
Alison Balsom, Lesley Garrett and Nicola Benedetti with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Tickets - £35, £28, £15
Thursday 5 July 2012
Alfie Boe at Llangollen featuring All Singing, All Dancing Show Choirs competition
Tickets - £30, £20, £15
Friday 6 July 2012
Karl Jenkins’ The Peacemakers and Valentina Nafornita (Winner – Cardiff Singer of the World 2011)
Tickets - £25, £20, £15
Saturday 7 July 2012
Choir of the World – The Pavarotti Trophy
Tickets - £25, £20, £15
Sunday 8 July 2012
Grand Finale – Wynne Evans, John Owen Jones, Mark Llywelyn Evans, Fflur Wyn, Côr CF1 and many more
Tickets - £25, £20, £15
Six days of the best music and folk dance from all over the world in one place! More than 4,000 competitors, from over 50 countries will take part, including some rare visitors from South Korea, China, Moldova, Slovakia.
Full booking info:
Reserve your tickets from MONDAY 5 DECEMBER 2011! Online booking at www.international-
Box Office: 01978 862001 9.30am to 4.30pm weekdays.
By post: Llangollen Eisteddfod Box Office, Royal International Pavilion, Abbey Road, Llangollen, LL20 8SW.
Season Tickets: amazing offers!
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Platinum Season Ticket – £185 (Days and evenings, except Tuesday day. Official Souvenir Programme included)
Gold Season Ticket - £125 (Valid Tuesday to Sunday CONCERTS only) Official Souvenir Programme included
Silver (Day) Season - £70 (Valid Wednesday to Saturday Competitive Session only)
Weekend Ticket – £80 (Friday – Sunday evening concerts including Saturday day)