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21 December 2022, 10:34 | Updated: 3 January 2023, 11:51
He was the iconic chorister voice of the 1980s, but this festive season tenor Aled Jones sings a duet to introduce a great treble voice of our time.
A legendary treble voice of the past, meets one of the most gifted young singers of today.
12-year-old Bayoh is a member of the Schola Cantorum of The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School in West London. His singing career had begun as a cathedral chorister at St George's Cathedral Southwark, also in London.
Eager to showcase the young singer’s talent, national choral treasure and Classic FM presenter Aled Jones invited Bayoh to duet with him, in a session recorded in the beautiful St Paul’s Church Covent Garden, otherwise known as ‘The Actors’ Church’ because of its long association with the theatre community.
And in that beautiful 17th-century space, the two performed Adolphe Adam’s much-loved carol ‘O Holy Night’ (watch below).
Since its release in December, the video has gained over 15 million views across YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.
Aled and Malakai also recorded Howard Blake’s classic seasonal tune ‘Walking in the Air’ from The Snowman.
It’s very fair to say Malakai’s voice has had quite the impact on social media during this Christmas season. Thank you for all the wonderful comments on the video.
Malakai is a once in a generation talent - I can barely post this typing through the tears on my iPad keyboard listening to this. This young chap has one the most incredible treble voices I’ve ever heard. Wowzers.— Stephen Baysted (@StephenBaysted) December 21, 2022
And if you’re anywhere near Covent Garden, do pop in to St Paul’s Church, to take in the beautiful space or some of their services and events.