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Music to his ears... Aled qualifies to conduct weddings

- By Tara Fair

ALED Jones has qualified to lead funerals as a celebrant after discoverin­g his songs are some of the most requested for services.

The Songs of Praise frontman, 52, quietly trained for a year to do it – and can now also officiate at weddings, vow renewals and naming ceremonies.

Aled, who made his name with Walking In The Air aged 14, has since made more than 20 albums spanning hymns to traditiona­l songs.

He said: “It is so humbling knowing my music is used at such pivotal times in people’s lives.

“Now being able to share in those happy and poignant moments makes the music seem even more powerful.

“I’ve learnt a lot about different ceremonies and the process of building these.

“I can’t wait to be a part of those life-changing experience­s.”

The Classic FM presenter trained with Jennifer Constant and Penelope Boycott from The Academy of Modern Celebrancy.

He took lessons in airport lounges and even during lulls in filming on location.


Jennifer said: “Aled possesses all the attributes and life experience to become a phenomenal celebrant.

“His compassion comes through in the care and attention he pays to understand­ing each family’s unique needs through his training assessment­s.

“We admire Aled’s talent for bringing people comfort and crafting services that beautifull­y honour both the joy and grief woven through life’s journeys.

“It was a pleasure to take him through his accreditat­ion and we cannot wait to see where he takes this.” Aled recently celebrated a No1 album in the classical charts with One Voice – Full Circle.

ALED Jones has delighted and inspired people with his music throughout his life. His recordings are among the most popular requests at funerals, and now the Songs of Praise presenter can join families for these poignant occasions.

The 52-year-old former choirboy has qualified as a celebrant, meaning he can officiate at weddings, naming ceremonies and funerals. The Welshman’s gentle manner and warmth will lift the hearts of those gathered together. For these families, his presence will be a great comfort.

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