Jon Christos

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Jon Christos
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Background information
Born (1976-03-23) 23 March 1976 (age 38)
Origin Salford, Greater Manchester, England
Genres Classical, Crossover (music).
Years active 2004–present
Labels Roots Music Group
Website Jon Christos.com

Jon Christos (born John Christodoulou 23 March 1976, Salford, England) is an English singer and local radio presenter.[1]

A classically trained tenor, he is best known for an album of operatically-styled crossover music.

Biography[edit]

Early years and education[edit]

Born John Christodoulou in Salford, Greater Manchester to a British mother and a Greek Cypriot father. He started playing the violin at the age of 4, quickly changing to the piano. He studied at the renowned Chethams School of Music in Manchester and then the Royal Northern College of Music.[2][3]

Whilst at the RNCM Christos took lead tenor roles, such as Tamino in Mozart's The Magic Flute and Count Almaviva in the college's production of Rossini's The Barber of Seville performed at the Aix-en-Provence music festival in Southern France. Around this time he sang Ernesto in Clonter Opera's production of Donizetti's Don Pasquale.[4]

In 1996 he made his Manchester Bridgewater Hall debut in Berlioz's L'Enfance du Christ under Kent Nagano. He has also performed many times in major oratorios, such as Handel's Messiah, as well as works such as Verdi's Requiem at venues including the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall.[5]

"Chasing the dream"[edit]

Deciding on a change in direction, Christos approached the manager and producer Perry Hughes (former manager of Russell Watson) [6] which led to the release of Christos' debut album Northern Light,[7] followed by a Granada TV documentary, in their Chasing The Dream series.[8] This included footage of Christos' trip to the USA on 6 September 2005, to perform with Erich Kunzel and his Cincinnati Pops Orchestra at a special "9/11" commemorative concert.[9] Northern Light reached number 6 in the classical albums charts.[10]

2006–present[edit]

In July 2006 Christos accompanied conductor and composer Carl Davis in a Sports Symphony themed concert in Pamplona, Spain.[11] He again performed with Davis, in October 2006 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Glasgow and Edinburgh[12] and in May 2007 with the Halle Orchestra at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall.[13]

Christos also accompanied Davis in June 2007 at James Bond theme concerts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic,[14] and the next month at Leeds Castle in Kent. In the summer of that year Christos headlined the Northern Proms in Durham.,[15] the autumn saw him perform at the Royal Albert Hall Football Reaching out for Africa charity concert organised by Patti Boulaye,[16] and in the winter he sang at the Professional Footballers' Association Centenary Match at the City of Manchester Stadium and the following gala Centenary dinner at Manchester's G-Mex centre [17] with Natasha Marsh.

He also performed with Alfie Boe and Garðar Thór Cortes as the new Three Tenors at the launch of the new Cunard Line ship the MS Queen Victoria at Southampton in the presence of Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.[18]

During 2008 Christos's notable performances included, Friday Night is Music Night from the Chichester Festival Theatre, Music For Champions, with Carl Davis, Birmingham Symphony Hall.[19] and the televised Professional Footballers' Association awards Grosvenor House Hotel.In the summer Christos returned to Hyde Park, Hyde, Greater Manchester for a third consecutive time supporting the Manchester Camerata.In the autumn he sang with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under the direction of Anthony Inglis, the Welsh Guards Band and Natasha Marsh before over 2,000 people in Liverpool Cathedral to commemorate the final visit of RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 to the port. Dignitaries attending included the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Simon Weston, Beryl Bainbridge and John Prescott.[20]

2009 began with a sad occasion for Christos, singing at the memorial service of Sara Roache, wife of his friend Coronation Street actor William Roache. Duetto,[21] a new collaboration between Christos and soprano Jenny Williams was launched and was featured on a live BBC Radio Lancashire broadcast (July 3). The summer saw Christos headline The QuexSpitfireProms at Birchington near Margate, Kent, accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra [22] under the direction of Anthony Inglis.[23] In September he sang at the live televised BBC Proms in the Park [9] from Buile Hill Park, Salford, Greater Manchester, an event which also featured the BBC Philharmonic and singer/songwriter Chris de Burgh. The following month saw him star with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool to celebrate the birthday of the flagship Cunard liner RMS Queen Mary 2.[24] The year ended with Christos starring in a Raymond Gubbay Christmas spectacular concert at The O2 arena (London) introduced by Mylene Klass and accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Choral Society, Alison Jiear and Stephanie Corley (soprano's).[25]

The new decade began as the previous year with Christos singing this time at the memorial service of Maggie Jones (actress), who played Blanche Hunt in the long running British TV series Coronation Street. [26] Much of the year was devoted to charity raising events throughout the UK (see Charity Work section), but during the summer Christos returned to Cheshire to perform in the popular Tameside Splendid Weekend classical concert.[27] Autumn appearances included a return to Buile Hill Park Salford to present and perform at the BBC Proms in the Park televised live concert featuring John Barrowman and Juliette Pochin [28] and the Inspiration for Women Awards at Cadogan Hall, London.[29] 2011 appearances included a performance at the Inspiration for Women Awards at Royce Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles USA hosted by Alison Sweeney.[30] During 2012 Christos duetted with Jenny Williams at the Inspiration for Women Awards Cadogan Hall, London, Beverley Knight, Matt Cardle and Blake also appeared at the event.[31] In February 2013 Christos joined with other artists to create a new show 'Broadway and Beyond' with the intention of taking it to the corporate stage as well as smaller theatres around the country.,[32] during the summer the show was performed at Jodrell Bank supporting the Halle Orchestra.[33] During 2014 Christos was booked to perform on Cunard and P&O cruise ships by Garston Entertainment Ltd.[34] He also headlined the Spirit of Salford Weekend with Ren Harvieu.[35]

TV and Radio[edit]

In 2005 Christos performed on an ITV Christmas Eve service from Norwich Cathedral with Rick Astley and Hayley Westenra.[36]

During 2006, he performed on BBC 1's Songs of Praise show, appeared on ITV in an Easter Service, the ITV lunchtime chat show Today with Des and Mel, and on a special ITV Act of Worship Peace Service again from Norwich Cathedral.[37]

He also performed on BBC Radio 2's long-running Friday Night is Music Night show.[38] and was a judge on the BBC Radio 2's Young Chorister of the Year competition[39]

Since 2007 he has been a guest TV presenter for Channel M in Manchester and began his own radio show, Sacred Thoughts, on Premier Christian Radio. In 2008 Christos began presenting a weekly popular music show every Sunday afternoon called "Why We Love" for BBC Radio Lancashire, in which he dissects songs of a variety of genres to explore, from a musical point of view, their success and popularity.[40] Due to BBC local radio cuts the Christos show will end after 2012.[41] 2009 and 2010 saw him perform at BBC Proms concerts which were broadcast live on BBC Television via the Red Button (digital television)[42] During 2011 Christos appeared fleetingly with Jenny Williams on Britain's Got Talent, their performance being farcically interrupted when a dog strayed on to the stage.

Sporting events[edit]

Christos has performed at a number of high profile sporting events, including appearances at the Powergen Rugby Cup Final, the 2009 England vs Scotland 6 Nations Championship Rugby Union game at Twickenham along with Jonathan Ansell, the Heineken Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff and was credited as the first man to sing at the new Wembley Stadium.[43] In 2008 he sang at the opening ceremony of the FINA World Swimming Championships at the Manchester Evening News Arena,[44] and also at a tribute to some of Great Britain's Olympic and Paralympic medallists, including three times cycling gold medallist Chris Hoy.[45] Other sporting venues he has performed at are Old Trafford the home of Manchester United F.C., the City of Manchester Stadium, the Reebok Stadium Bolton, Edgeley Park home of Stockport County and Sale Sharks, Deepdale home of Preston North End, Boundary Park home of Oldham Athletic and The Willows home of his local Rugby League team Salford City Reds.

Charity Work[edit]

Christos is also Patron of the EDN (Eating Disorder Network) charity.[46] Other charities he has supported include The Red Cross, The Kirsty Howard's Appeal, The Prince's Trust, Help The Aged, Variety, the Children's Charity, Alder Hey Children's Hospital, the Five Stars Scanner Appeal for Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and in 2009 joined forces with the prestigious Harold Riley (artist), a protégé of LS Lowry, to create a limited edition CD of the Ewan MacColl track Dirty Old Town, to be sold in aid of Christie Hospital.[47] During 2010 Christos campaigned for the charity Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research by singing at numerous department stores, shopping centres, theme parks and train stations nationwide. [48] [49] Christos continued his countrywide charity tour during 2011 and 2012 to include Macmillan Cancer Support Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Help for Heroes, during 2011 he also performed at a charity concert in Portugal hosted by Sir Cliff Richard.[50] Since 2009 Christos and singing partner Jenny Williams have been touring the UK for the 'Sing for Life' Campaign. They have been serenading the public at major shopping centres raising money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. To-date this year (2012) alone stands at over £100,000.[51]

Coeliac disease[edit]

Christos first began to experience stomach problems in October 2006, with the pain severe enough to cause problems with his singing. On the way to a concert in Scotland in November he had a complete blackout. The results of blood tests in March 2007 confirmed he was suffering from Coeliac disease, an autoimmune disease that can only be treated by the strict removal of gluten from the diet.[52]

Other[edit]

Christos is a distant cousin of singer George Michael.[7] He has been vocal coach to cricketer Andrew Flintoff.[53] Although an avid Manchester City F.C. fan, Christos sang at Manchester Cathedral for the wedding of Manchester United F.C. star Gary Neville.[54] and at the Manchester City Premier League winning celebrations in Albert Square, Manchester before an estimated 100,000 fans on May 14, 2012.

Discography[edit]

Singles:

Albums:

  • Northern Light (Jon Christos album) (2005)
  • The Opera Album 2006 (2006) features "Caruso"
  • A Treasury of Hymns (2006) features "Jerusalem"
  • Manchester City: The Album (2005) features "Blue Moon" and "City Till I Die" - a variation of Funiculì, Funiculà
  • The Number One Classical Album 2006 (2005) features "Jubilate Domum"
  • A Classic Christmas (2006) features "Jubilate Domum"
  • Songs for Sunday (2007) features "Jerusalem"
  • The Number One Classical Album 2008 (2007) features "Non ti scordar di me"
  • Poetry Serenade (2008)
  • The Classical Album 2009 (2008) features "Mamma"
  • Classic Voices 2010 (2009) features "Una furtiva lagrima"

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Details of Christos arranging and conducting various tracks from his Northern Light album appear within the album's cover booklet
  2. ^ This Is Lancashire - Music night from 'over the pond'
  3. ^ Manchester Evening News, scholarship references
  4. ^ Something for everyone - Sunday Sun
  5. ^ saddleworth_musical_society
  6. ^ http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/music/article-898762-details/A+voice+in+the+classical+wilderness/article.do
  7. ^ a b All About Manchester
  8. ^ Chasing the Dream - (Season 1 Episode 1) | LocateTV
  9. ^ Laura Pedersen
  10. ^ THE CHARTS: Music The Independent 21 Oct 2005
  11. ^ [1] Google translation from Spanish
  12. ^ http://living.scotsman.com/features/RSNO--Sporting-Scores-with.2820866.jp Edinburgh concert review
  13. ^ The Hallé
  14. ^ James Bond Night At The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic In June - James Bond 007 - CommanderBond.net - James Bond At Its Best
  15. ^ http://www.journallive.co.uk/culture-newcastle/2007/04/26/jon-s-riverside-proms-61634-18966587/
  16. ^ Support for Africa event
  17. ^ Singers Jon Christos and Natasha Marsh entertain the guests after dinner - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
  18. ^ Camilla names the Queen Victoria liner - Telegraph
  19. ^ FRIDAY NIGHT CLASSICS: MUSIC FOR CHAMPIONS - City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  20. ^ thousands-say-last-goodbye-to-the-qe2-queen-of-seas
  21. ^ Duetto bio
  22. ^ http://www.nso.co.uk/home.asp?pageid=4
  23. ^ Quex concert announcement
  24. ^ QM2 birthday celebration
  25. ^ Christmas spectacular
  26. ^ Maggie Jones memorialservice
  27. ^ http://www.manchestercamerata.co.uk/whats-on/concerts/hyde-park-tameside-concert
  28. ^ [2]
  29. ^ [3]
  30. ^ [4]
  31. ^ [5]
  32. ^ [6]
  33. ^ http://www.festivalsforall.com/article/the-hall-to-perform-a-very-special-close-encounters-prom-at-jodrell-bank
  34. ^ [7]
  35. ^ [8]
  36. ^ What's on TV this Christmas? - Telegraph
  37. ^ Peace Service at Norwich Cathedral held by ITV1
  38. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/orchestras/concertorchestra/concert_diary/fnimn_20070810.shtml A BBC Radio2 Friday Night is Music Night concert programme 14.Aug.2007
  39. ^ BBC - Suffolk - Faith - BBC Young Chorister of the Year
  40. ^ http://www.lep.co.uk/news/US-singer-interviewed-by-Lancashire.4760853.jp
  41. ^ http://www.how-do.co.uk/north-west-media-news/north-west-broadcasting/bbc-local-radio-faces-up-to-cuts-20111007100955605
  42. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms/2009/promsinthepark/salford.shtml
  43. ^ Manchester Evening News, Christos wins race to sing at Wembley
  44. ^ Speedo: Manchester 2008 9th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)
  45. ^ Olympic athletes tribute
  46. ^ http://ednuk.org.uk/content/view/74/94/
  47. ^ http://www.salfordadvertiser.co.uk/news/s/1184156_get_your_dirty_old_town_cd_signed_by_christos_and_riley
  48. ^ http://www.responsesource.com/releases/rel_display.php?relid=57306
  49. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lPHeyaSz-o&feature=related
  50. ^ http://www.inspirationsalgarve.com/events_view.asp?t=Stars+Sing+For+Charity&id=541
  51. ^ http://www.inspirationawards.com/hosts/jon-jenny.html
  52. ^ Manchester Eveniing News Coelic disease feature
  53. ^ http://thewisdencricketer.com/item.php?parent_id=12&child_id=12&item_id=270 Wisden
  54. ^ Nice day for a WAG wedding! Neville, Gerrard and Carrick get hitched | Mail Online

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