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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.

 

Latest News

 

JOHN TO RECORD NEW ALBUM!!

John is currently preparing to record his new album scheduled for release in Spring 2015. Currently in preproduction, the as-yet-untitled album will be John's third for the Sain Records label. More details will be released when available. Watch this space!

 

JOHN TO PERFORM FOR THE FIRST TIME IN JAPAN

John will be a very special guest in two "Musicals meet Symphony" concerts on 1st and 2nd October at the Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The show will contain famous songs from the greatest musicals and will feature the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra conducted by Masahiko Enkoji.

Appearing alongside John will be Japanese performers Kanji Ishimaru, Megumi Hamada, Ikusaburo Yamazaki and Rena Sasamoto.

Although sold out, some returns tickets may be available HERE

DUE TO PHENOMENAL DEMAND FOR TICKETS FOR THIS SHOW JOHN HAS ADDED AN INTIMATE SOLO DATE IN TOKYO. The show, at Yomiuri Otemachi Hall on 28th September, features John Quirk on piano and special guest Sophie Evans. Tickets for this show sold out in 9 minutes!

SOPHIE EVANS

 

JOHN QUIRK

 

 

 

 

 

JOHN TO PERFORM IN SWITZERLAND - EXTRA DATE ADDED!

 

On Oct 4th and Oct 5th, John will return to Geneva, Switzerland for a solo concert. After previously appearing in Geneva with Ruthie Henshall and Sharon D. Clarke in 2012, John will perform at the Simply Studio Theatre for an intimate show with pianist John Quirk for "John Owen-Jones:Live and Unplugged" Tickets go on sale on July 1st for what is sure to be a sell out show. You can get tickets and info HERE

 

JOHN TO PERFORM IN THAILAND IN OCTOBER

 

October 17th will see John performing with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra at the Thai Cultural Center in Bangkok, Thailand. John returns to the venue after performing a sell out concert there a number of years ago. This time he will be joined by Phantom star Leila Benn Harris and the orchestra will be conducted by Mike England. For more info go HERE

 

LEILA BENN HARRIS

 

 

 

 

MIKE ENGLAND

 

 

On October 26th, John will appear 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 will also feature Tom Hollander, Alex Jennings, Siân Phillips, Jonathan Pryce and Griff Rhys Jones and the Camerata Wales Orchestra.You can book tickets and get more info HERE

 

 

John will appear as a guest on new S4C variety show "Llwyfan" in October

 

 

 

 

 

 

The series, filmed at Y Ffwrnes Theatre in Llanelli, features music and chat is currently being transmitted on Saturday nights on S4C

For more info on the show go 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 ALS 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!

YOU CAN DONATE TO JOHN'S JUST GIVING PAGE HERE - until Octobe

YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE INFO ON THE WALK AND THE CHARITY HERE

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!

 

 

 

Marti Webb

Petula Clark

 

 

 

 

 

Joe McElderry

Sophie Evans

 

 

 

 

 

Rumer

 

 

 

Rhydian Roberts

 

 

Tony Hatch

 

 

 

Michael Grade

 

 

 

John appeared at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Friday 25th July in a special edition of popular Radio 2 music show Friday Night is Music Night.

The show was recorded and transmitted live with the Scottish Symphony Orchestra to commemorate the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

 

The evening was hosted by R2 DJ Ken Bruce and also starred West End performer Gloria Onitri, Colin Jackson, Sir Matthew Pinsent, Steve Cram and Dame Kelly Holmes.

 

Gloria Onitri

 

 

 

Ken Bruce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On August 2nd John performed in concert at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in Llanelli, Wales.

 

Appearing alongside John in the "100 Years of Welsh Song" concert was Wynne Evans and Shan Cothi. The concert w as conducted by John Quirk.

 

Wynne Evans

Shan Cothi

 

John Quirk

The Eisteddfod Concert was televised and shown in August on S4C.

 

 

John released a brand new Welsh language version of Music of the Night (Anthem Fawr Y Nos) on June 23rd

This version of the classic Phantom of the Opera track will ONLY be available for digital download and will not be available on CD. The track can purchased from the Sain Records website and Amazon and iTunes along with a re-released Welsh language version of Les Miserables track Bring Him Home (Adre'n Ol)

You can watch John perform the track on S4C programme Cariad@Iaith HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

John recently took part in celebrity version of popular Welsh language TV show 'Cariad@Iaith' which was screened on S4C 14th - 20th June.

As well as terrestrial TV, you can find S4C on Sky (134), Freesat (104),

Virgin TV (166)

 

Watch the entire series on the S4C website HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Hosted by Matt Johnson and Nia Parry the show will air every night on S4C from 16th June to 20th June with the series winner being crowned in the show's finale, broadcast on 21st June. A special episode introducing all the celebs will be shown on Saturday 14th June. Other celebs on the show include Neville Southall, Suzanne Packer and Ian 'H from Steps' Watkins.

The show featured John learning Welsh in Nant Gwrtheyrn Language Centre whilst taking part in activities such as rock climbing, surfing and wake boarding! He even sings during the final episode!

 

 

 

 

Nia Parry

 

Matt Johnson

 

 

You can find out more info on the show and who the other celebrity contestants are HERE

You can get up to date info on the show on Twitter and on Facebook

 

 

John played his first solo headline London show on Saturday 21st June at a venue graced by many famous names from the world of music.

 

He appeared with his band (and musical director John Quirk) at a sold out show in the Matcham Room at the London Hippodrome Casino.

The venue has seen performances from the likes of legends such as Judy Garland, Tom Jones, Cliff Richard, Dionne Warwick and most recently pop star Prince!

 

 

 

 

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.

For more details go HERE

Update: John appeared in two further episodes of the show: a "best of series" episode and an "unseen footage" episode. The show is currently being repeated on Sky TV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elaine Paige

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"

The show, set in the 1970's, tells the hilarious story of some Welsh rugby fans who travel to Paris in the hope of seeing their beloved national team win the ultimate prize in rugby: the Five Nations Grand Slam.

The show is being developed at The Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff by writers Caryl Parry Jones and BAFTA Award winning Christian Phillips under the direction of Kim Gavin (Artistic Director of London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Closing Ceremonies)

 

Christian Phillips Caryl Parry Jones

Kim Gavin

Also taking part in the workshop were Kit Orton, Wil Thomas, Kate Robbins, Steve Elias and The Tenors of Rock.

 

Kit Orton

 

Wil Thomas

 

 

 

Kate Robbins

Steve Elias

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tenors of Rock

 

 

 

You can watch the whole original 1976 movie GRAND SLAM on YouTube HERE

 

GO HERE to read John's latest newspaper column.

 

 

On March 17th, John's first piece of songwriting 'Tell Me What Makes a Man' was released.

The song features on the album 'Love on 42nd Street' written by Dan and Laura Curtis. John co-wrote the song with Dan and Laura and recorded it earlier this year at Shabbey Road Studios in Wales.

The album also features performances by Samantha Barks, Lea Salonga, Sierra Boggess, Ramin Karimloo, Simon Bowman, Katie Treharne and competition winner Kasia Howley. All proceeds from the album will go to the BBC Children in Need appeal. You can hear an excerpt of the song and purchase the both the track and the album on Amazon or iTunes

The album has already topped the iTunes charts!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the 18th of April, John performed for the first time in Moscow, Russia!

He appeared as a special guest performer at The Golden Mask Awards Ceremony at The Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. The awards, sometimes referred to as the Russian equivalent of the Tonys or Oliviers, are part of the Golden Mask Festival and take place annually. John performed a version of the title track from the show along with Anna O'Byrne from the London production, David Arnsperger and Lauri Brons from the current Hamburg production and Dmitry Ermak and Tamara Kotova from the soon-to-premiere Russian production. John even handed out a couple of awards during the televised ceremony!

 

 

The Golden Mask Award

 

 

 

 

John is no stranger to special Phantom occasions of course, having performed at the 25th anniversary concert at the Albert Hall, London and in the Broadway production's special 25th anniversary finale at the Majestic Theatre, New York!

To watch a YouTube video of John's performance in Moscow, go HERE

 

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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!

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In January, John was in MSR Studios, New York where he recorded a concept album of a brand new Broadway musical.

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.

 

 

Adam Jacobs

 

Judy Kuhn

 

 

Doug Kreeger

 

Marissa McGowan

 

 

 

Alex Gemignani

Phillip Boykin

 

 

 

Jennifer Hope Wills

 

Richard Todd Adams

 

 

 

Watch this space for more info on this exciting project!

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O HOLY NIGHT - the new single OUT NOW!

 

On December 1st 2013, John released a brand new recording of the festive classic 'O Holy Night'

The track, produced and arranged by John Owen-Jones and Ben Robbins (based on an arrangement by David Phelps), also features the brilliant West End Gospel Choir and is released through the Sain Records label.

 

The physical CD also features extra track 'Til I Hear You Sing' (taken from John's acclaimed album 'Unmasked')

 

You can download the mp3 of O Holy Night from iTunes HERE

 

You can order the physical copy of O Holy Night for £2.99 (including free worldwide shipping) HERE

 

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On December 20th John appeared in the Christmas edition of BBC Radio 2's legendary live concert show 'Friday Night is Music Night'

 

John was joined by Louise Dearman, Capital Voices, Samantha Bond, Kenneth Cranham, Ken Bruce and the BBC Concert Orchestra

Full details HERE!

The show featured music guaranteed to fill you with festive joy!

 

 

 

 

Louise Dearman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samantha Bond

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kenneth Cranham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ken Bruce

 

 

 

 

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On December 23rd John appeared in 'A Night at the Musicals' concert at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff.

Appearing with John were Kerry Ellis, Sophie Evans, Ben Forster and Connie Fisher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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John's newspaper column for March (and all previous columns) can be found HERE

 

 

 

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