Bob Jones' pioneering podcast series dedicates time to the artists and organisations that make the classical world turn - this week he talks to Jonathan Ansell.
Jonathan Ansell is an English tenor formerly of the four-piece vocal group G4.
Life and Music
- A keen singer from a young age, Jonathan Ansell went on to receive vocal training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Here he met Ben Thapa, Michael Christie and Tom Lowe and formed the group G4, with the intention to busk in London to raise money to cover their student expenses.
- By 2004 G4 had risen to fame as they battled for the lucrative recording contract in the TV talent show, X-Factor. The group just missed out, but were instead signed by Sony BMG and went onto record three albums and perform in four sell-out tours.
- Since the group's split in August 2007, Jonathan Ansell has launched a career as a solo tenor, signing a five-album deal with Universal Records. He has also taken part in the recording of the 2007 Rugby World Cup anthem, 'World in Union' alongside 30 other classical artists, including All Angels and Hayley Westenra.
- Jonathan Ansell's debut album 'Tenor at the Movies' was released on 18th February 2008. It featured favourite movie soundtracks that span across time including 'Now we are Free' from Gladiator and 'My Own True Love' from Gone with the Wind.
Did you know?
Jonathan Ansell also has a career in musical theatre. In 2010 he made his début as The Man in the Bill Kenwright touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman's Whistle Down The Wind, and he played the role of Prince / Beast in a national tour of Beauty and the Beast for New World Productions in 2011.
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