Welcome to the website of John Owen-Jones.
John is an award-winning and record-breaking West End and Broadway actor & singer - probably best known for his performances as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables and as The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera.
This is John's official website and is the only place where you can get up-to-date information on john's upcoming performances and recordings.
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JOHN WILL RELEASE HIS NEW ALBUM 'RISE' ON MARCH 2nd 2015
The album was recorded in London and Wales and will be John's third album for the Sain label.
It features 12 brand new tracks and will also include 3 previously released limited edition singles as bonus tracks.
The full tracklisting is as follows:
13. O HOLY NIGHT featuring The West End Gospel Choir
14. ANTHEM FAWR Y NOS (Music of the Night from The Phantom of the Opera - in Welsh)
15. ADRE'N OL (Bring Him Home from Les Miserables - in Welsh)
THE ALBUM IS AVAILABLE TO PREORDER NOW
FROM THE SAIN WEBSITE
OR FROM AMAZON.COM
JOHN TO RETURN TO JAPAN IN MAY 2015
John will return to Tokyo to perform in two Musicals meets Symphony Concerts at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre on May 2nd and 3rd 2015. He will once again join the Yomiuri Nippon Orchestra (conducted by Toshiaki Umeda) to perform songs from the musicals after a hugely successful series of sold out concerts last year. This time he will be joined onstage by Japanese performers Kei Aran, Akinori Nakagawa, Seiko Niizuma, Genki Hirakata and chart topping Britain's Got Talent winners Collabro!
JOHN TO PERFORM IN CARDIFF IN MARCH
John will appear in 'Wales at Number One' Concert at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff on Sunday March 1st. Appearing alongside Sophie Evans, Lucie Jones and Steve Balsamo (among others) he will perform a selection of numbers from the worlds of rock and pop all made famous by Welsh artists such as Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones and Manic Street Preachers.
More info on the show and details on how to buy tickets can be found HERE
JOHN SET TO TOUR THE UK AS SPECIAL GUEST ON KATHERINE JENKINS 'HOME SWEET HOME' TOUR
In February and March, John will be special guest on superstar Katherine Jenkins' UK tour. John will join Katherine and her orchestra (conducted by Anthony Inglis) in venues in England, Scotland and Wales.
John says: "Having been a fan of her work for a long time, I am absolutely delighted to be appearing alongside Katherine on what I'm sure will be a hugely successful tour. I can't wait to be on the tour next spring and sing in some of the finest venues in the country. I'll also get to hear Katherine sing every night!"
The tour schedule is as follows:
Wed 11-Feb-2015 - Cambridge Corn Exchange
Thu 12-Feb-2015 - Guildford G Live
Sat 14-Feb-2015 - Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Sun 15-Feb-2015 - Brighton Dome
Tue 17-Feb-2015 - London Royal Festival Hall
Wed 18-Feb-2015 - Bristol Colston Hall
Fri 20-Feb-2015 - Plymouth Pavilions
Sat 21-Feb-2015 - Bournemouth International Centre
Mon 23-Feb-2015 - Sheffield City Hall
Wed 25-Feb-2015 - York Barbican
Thu 26-Feb-2015 - Edinburgh Usher Hall
Sat 28-Feb-2015 - Gateshead Sage 1
Mon 02-Mar-2015 - Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Tue 03-Mar-2015 - Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Thu 05-Mar-2015 - Llandudno Venue Cymru Theatre
Sat 07-Mar-2015 - Birmingham Symphony Hall
Sun 08-Mar-2015 - Birmingham Symphony Hall
Tue 10-Mar-2015 - Ipswich Regent
Wed 11-Mar-2015 - Southend Cliff Pavilion
Fri 13-Mar-2015 - Oxford New Theatre
Sat 14-Mar-2015 - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Tickets are on sale now and are available HERE or by calling 0844 811 0051 / 0844 826 2826.
The 21 date tour will follow the release of Katherine's new album 'Home Sweet Home' on November 17th through Decca Records
For more information on Katherine Jenkins, visit her website www.katherinejenkins.com
John performed at two charity gala dinners at The Savoy Hotel in London late last year.
On Wednesday November 17th he performed songs from the musicals of Cameron Mackintosh alongside West End stars Sophia Ragavelas and Sofia Escobar and TV's "Britain's Got Talent" winners Collabro at The Childline Ball to raise funds for the NSPCC.
On Sunday December 7th, John appeared alongside the likes of Sir Trevor McDonald, Henry Goodman and Ben Miller at the Stardust at the Savoy dinner to raise funds for the One to One Children's Fund.
DUE TO PHENOMENAL DEMAND FOR TICKETS FOR THIS SHOW JOHN ADDED AN INTIMATE SOLO DATE IN TOKYO. The show, at Yomiuri Otemachi Hall on 28th September, featured John Quirk on piano and special guest Sophie Evans. Tickets for this show sold out in 9 minutes!
On Oct 4th and Oct 5th, John returned to Geneva, Switzerland for two sold out intimate solo concerts. After previously appearing in Geneva with Ruthie Henshall and Sharon D. Clarke in 2012, John performed at the Simply Studio Theatre with pianist John Quirk for "John Owen-Jones: Live and Unplugged"
Leila Benn Harris
John and Leila Benn Harris performing live on Thai television
On October 26th, John appeared in the Dylan Thomas Centenary Gala Concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at London's South Bank Centre
The show, part of the Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia Festival also featured Tom Hollander, Owen Teale, Robert Bathurst, Siân Phillips, Leslie Manville, Jonathan Pryce, Griff Rhys Jones and the Camerata Wales Orchestra.You can find more details about the festival HERE
On September 20th, John returned to Llanelli as a special guest of Llanelli Male Voice Choir in a concert to celebrate their 50th Anniversary. Read a review of the concert HERE
Cor Meibion Llanelli
IN AUGUST JOHN TOOK PART IN THE A.L.S. ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE TO RAISE MONEY AND AWARENESS OF MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE
John said: " My auntie and my grandfather both died as a result of Motor Neurone disease and it makes me very happy that at the time of writing, this challenge has raised awareness of MND (ALS in the rest of the world) and raised nearly £5million in the UK and $100 million in the US. It's a horrendous disease as it debilitates healthy active people like my grandpa and auntie slowly, painfully and relentlessly. There is no cure but with heightened awareness and donations surely we can fight MND until it's eradicated. I've donated. If you can then you should too. I nominate Earl Carpenter and the cast of Les Miz Broadway, Norm Lewisand the cast of Phantom Broadway, ALL members of Llanelli Youth Theatre past and present, and ALL members of S94 (my year at Central drama school)"
To see the video go HERE
IN JULY, JOHN TOOK TAKE PART IN "CERDDWN YMLAEN - WALK ON FOR AIR AMBULANCE WALES" CHARITY WALK ON JULY 10th/11th AND PERFORMED IN THE OPENING CONCERT ON JULY 4TH. HE RAISED OVER £1000 FOR THE CHARITY AFTER WALKING NEARLY 70 MILES IN THREE DAYS!
Since 2011, Rhys Meirion (pictured below), international Opera star and member of iconic welsh trio, The Three Welsh Tenors, has been an Ambassador for the Wales Air Ambulance.
As part of his support for the Air Ambulance, Rhys organises an annual walk that spans the entire length of Wales to raise funds for the vital service provided by Wales Air Ambulance. The service costs around £6million annually to operate, receives no public funding or National Lottery support and relies entirely on charitable donations to survive.
Rhys has raised close to £250,000 over the past two years from the highly successful walks, in which celebrities walk 200 miles across Wales’ most picturesque countryside. Amongst those walking the whole distance are TV naturalist Iolo Williams, rugby legend Robin McBryde, X-Factor star Lucie Jones, Welsh comedian Tudur Owen and singer Sioned Terry. The walkers averaged about 26 miles per day, and the walk will take eight days to complete. John joined the walk for the last 70 or so miles between Brecon and Cardiff. A special Just Giving page has been set up for each walker and it is incredibly easy to donate an amount, however small or large, to this valuable charity. Help John help Wales Air Ambulance!
To launch "Cerddwn Ymlaen", John appeared at Venue Cymru, Llandudno North Wales in the "Walk On" Opening Concert on Friday 4th July.
Appearing alongside John at the concert was Rhys Meirion, Lucie Jones, Sioned Terry, Tudur Owen, Elin Fflur and others.
Proceeds from the concert went toward the Wales Air Ambulance Charity.
John sang at Royal Festival Hall, London on Saturday July 5th
He appeared in concert with a 40 piece orchestra at the world famous venue as part of a stellar line up to celebrate the work of composer Tony Hatch in "Tony Hatch: A Life in Song"
John sang two songs written by the celebrated composer and was onstage alongside Petula Clarke, Marti Webb, Joe McElderry, Rhydian Roberts, Rumer and Sophie Evans. The evening was hosted by Michael Grade and Tony Hatch himself was interviewed onstage between songs!
John recently took part in celebrity version of popular Welsh language TV show 'Cariad@Iaith' which was screened on S4C 14th - 20th June.
The show, known in English as 'Love4Language', is a celebration of the national language of Wales. 8 non-Welsh speaking Welsh celebrities attempt to learn to speak Welsh in an intensive week long boot camp of lessons and activities..under the watchful gaze of TV cameras!
You can find out more info on the show and who the other celebrity contestants are HERE
On June 4th on the Sky Arts TV channel, John appeared as a guest on new TV series 'The Elaine Paige Show'. The episode was one of a six part series in which theatre legend Elaine Paige OBE performs and chats with guests from the world of musical theatre. Appearing on the show alongside John and Elaine are theatre director Sir Trevor Nunn CBE, lyricist Herbert Kretzmer OBE and performer Scarlet Strallen.
During June, John played the part of "Mog" in a development workshop of a new musical based on the legendary Welsh TV film "Grand Slam"
John performed a solo headining concert at the Swansea Grand Theatre on Feb 14th 2014. The show featured a twenty piece orchestra under the direction of John Quirk and was completely sold out.
On March 7th John appeared in concert at Venue Cymru, Llandudno, North Wales alongside the Three Welsh Tenors and Elin Fflur. The show featured a first for John - he sang Bring Him Home in Welsh and English!
John played the role of real life American naval hero Stephen Decatur in the musical "An American Victory." The story is based on the life of Decatur, his involvement in The First Barbary War and the lives of those affected by the war. The recording of the musical, by composer Lou Bucalo, also features Alexander Gemignani, Judy Kuhn, Adam Jacobs, Marissa McGowan, Doug Kreeger, Philip Boykin, Jennifer Hope Wills and Richard Todd Adams and an ensemble of Broadway performers under the musical direction of Larry Blank and Bob Billig. The record is being produced by seven time Grammy nominee Robert Sher and is slated for release in summer 2014.
On December 1st 2013, John released a brand new recording of the festive classic 'O Holy Night'
You can order the physical copy of O Holy Night for £2.99 (including free worldwide shipping) HERE
On December 23rd John appeared in 'A Night at the Musicals' concert at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff.