response from the show's promoter
the recent article regarding Aled Jones's concert
in St David's Hall, Cardiff. I was the promoter of
to your report, there certainly were live musicians.
Aled was performing with four musicians and occasional
backing tracks. We believe with the programme he was
performing this was a very acceptable format. If we
had used a full orchestra the ticket price would have
been considerably higher and possibly put him out
of range of his core audience.
the charge of no explanation or apology being forthcoming,
this is because no explanation or apology is due.
respect of Hayley Westenra not being on the bill,
it was of course an Aled Jones concert, as the ticket
would have indicated, and the advertising clearly
stated that the two female soloists were alternating.
were pleased that we could showcase these quality
artistes on Universal Records label at no extra price
to the ticket buyer. Because of the length of their
contributions, we could not present both Hayley and
Katherine Jenkins on the same show. Hayley has performed
eight out of 14 shows, and as her album is out before
Katherine's she has by chance got a hit album whilst
on Aled's tour.
am sure Katherine, who incidentally is Welsh and already
very high profile, will also have a hit when her album
is released in the New Year, so anyone who attended
this Aled Jones concert will be in the fortunate position
of having seen a "star in the making".
have received many enthusiastic and complimentary
letters about the show. A typical comment is: "Aled
was perfect, technically and artistically brilliant,
and came across as a really nice chap as well. Please
can we have him back next year, preferably for two
evenings, one was simply not enough."
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