Only Men Aloud
Merry Little Christmas
Monday 9 December, 7.30pmBook now
With Very Special Guests John Owen-Jones and Sophie Evans
After the rip roaring success of their Decade Gala Celebration at the Wales Millennium Centre last year, Only Men Aloud are going back out on the road this Winter to have a Merry Little Christmas with their fans across Wales. Joining them this Christmas will be the award-winning West End and Broadway superstar John Owen-Jones, who will join them in Cardiff and Swansea, and fresh from starring as Glinda in Wicked in the West End, Tonypandy’s very own Sophie Evans.
2018 also saw Only Men Aloud release Favourites - a collection of some of our best-loved songs from the last ten years! From Rhythm of Life to Amazing Grace and a whole lot in between, this eclectic mix of songs have been performed up and down the country but appeared on record for the very first time.
Since winning Last Choir Standing, Only Men Aloud have gone on to achieve great success. In 2009, their album Band of Brothers won a Classical Brit Award for Best Album of the Year. They have toured every year since winning the show, all around the world and have worldwide record sales of over 300,000.
Over the years, Only Men Aloud have built up a strong fan base across the world and were honoured to be asked to sing at the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, at the very moment the Olympic Flame was lit to an estimated global TV audience of 900 million people.
OMA have given many memorable performances, with numerous appearances at outdoor festivals and proms. They have performed twice at The Royal Variety Performance, been seen on numerous television programmes and are familiar faces at sporting events; they sang at the opening ceremony of the Ryder Cup in 2010 and the Ashes in 2015. The group have undertaken many successful tours of the USA including performances at the famous Ravinia Festival in Chicago, the Smithsonian Festival in Washington DC and the North American Festival of Wales in Minneapolis.
OMA have now recorded five studio albums and plans are taking place for a sixth. Recent notable engagements have included performing at The UEFA Champions League Final Celebrations in Cardiff, and a trip to Mumbai in India for the group’s very first appearance in Asia.
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John Owen-Jones is an award winning and record-breaking West End and Broadway actor and singer who has performed extensively in theatre, television, radio and in concert all over the world. He has also worked as a presenter, voiceover artist and director. He is probably best known, however, for his critically acclaimed and hugely popular performances as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables and as The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera.
John holds the record for being the youngest actor in West End history to have played Jean Valjean in Les Misérables (a role he also played twice on Broadway) and has performed as The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera nearly 2000 times - more than any actor in the show’s entire West End run.
John appeared in special finales for the Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera 25th anniversary performances at the O2 and Royal Albert Hall. He is in the unique position of being the only actor to have the opportunity to reinvent both Valjean and The Phantom – in brand new Cameron Mackintosh productions that have toured the UK and the world to great acclaim. In an online poll, John was voted the “Best Ever Valjean” and “Best Ever Performer in Les Misérables" by fans of the show worldwide and his performance as Valjean can be heard on the ‘Les Misérables Live!’ album. John will return to the show in the West End this year to be part of the Les Misérables All Star Concert where he will share the role of Jean Valjean with Alfie Boe.
John has released six solo albums which he also produced. ‘Hallelujah’ EP (2006) 'John Owen-Jones' (2009), 'Unmasked' (2011) ‘Rise’ (2015) Music of the Night (2016 - Japan only release) ‘Bring Him Home’ (2017) and ‘Spotlight’ (2019).
Hailing from Tonypandy in the Rhondda Valleys, Welsh singer and actress Sophie Evans came to prominence in 2010 when she was picked from over 10,000 hopefuls to appear on the hugely popular BBC series Over The Rainbow. After making it to the final at only 17, Sophie was named runner-up and was subsequently chosen by Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber to don the legendary ruby slippers and play the alternate Dorothy in selected performances of The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium in 2011. In February 2012 Sophie was handed the role of Dorothy full time, become a leading lady of the West End at the most famous theatre in the world; a role she would continue in until the show closed in September that year.
Alongside her role in The Wizard of Oz, Sophie studied Performing Arts at the prestigious Arts Educational in London, which had been generously funded by Lord Lloyd-Webber. She also found time in her hectic schedule to perform live around the country, as well as various TV appearances, most notably on the S4C show cariad@iaith/love4language and as the subject of the ITV documentary Dare To Dream, which charted a year in Sophie’s life.
Broadcast in December 2012, BBC One Wales’ The Really Welsh Christmas Show also saw Sophie performing alongside the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and guests including Michael Ball and Only Boys Aloud, in her own Christmas special. That month also saw her embark on a Christmas tour with Russell Watson, performing at the London Royal Albert Hall and Manchester Bridgewater Hall, which led into her first solo UK tour in early 2013, and a busy summer of festival appearances around Wales.
2013 also saw Sophie make her big screen debut in Edgar Wright’s The World’s End, starring alongside Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Martin Freeman.
In early 2014, she was part of an all-star cast performing, Irving Berlin: From Rags to Ritzes, beginning in London and later touring nationwide. She also featured as Debbie in the BAFTA Award winning film Pride, directed by Matthew Warchus.
2014 saw the release of Sophie’s debut album ‘The Studio Sessions’, offering an intimate take on some of her best loved songs including ‘Over the Rainbow’ and covers of Elton John’s ‘Your Song’ and John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’. Later that year Sophie toured Japan with Paul Potts. Christmas 2014 Sophie did another Really Welsh Christmas show with BBC Wales.
At the beginning of 2015 Sophie toured the UK with Britain’s got Talent runners up Richard and Adam. In September 2015 Sophie returned to the West End for a run of 'You won't succeed on Broadway if you don't have any Jews' at St James theatre.
In 2016 Sophie travelled the world with the Michael Flatelys 'Lord of the Dance'. She did a 10 week run on Broadway, an American and Canadian tour and parts of Asia. Towards the end of 2016 Sophie joined Ross Leadbeater on his Great British Songbook tour. Christmas 2016 saw Sophie debut in a New Christmas musical at The Salisbury Playhouse 'The Night Before Christmas' written by Gareth Machin and composed by Glyn Kerslake.
Sophie re-joined the cast of Lord of the Dance to complete their 2017 UK and Ireland tour and joined the cast of The Knights of Music with Phillip Schofield, which toured the UK. She finished 2017 with a concert of ‘A Night at the Musicals’ at Cardiff’s St. David’s Hall.
2018 was another ground-breaking year for Sophie. She is now playing her dream role of Glinda in Wicked on the West End to great critical acclaim and performed aboard the STAGES Cruise in the Autumn.
This year, Sophie has travelled overseas to perform amongst a star-studded line-up in ‘Voices of the West End’, a series of shows in Tokyo, Japan.