ALed Jones sings ‘O Holy Night’ with star 12-year-old treble in Christmas duet

21 December 2022, 10:34 | Updated: 21 December 2022, 21:53

Aled Jones and Malakai M Bayoh sing at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden
Aled Jones and Malakai M Bayoh sing at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden. Picture: Classic FM

By Kyle Macdonald

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.

In November 2022, Malakai M Bayoh made his Royal Opera House debut. He sang the role of Oberto in Handel’s opera Alcina alongside seasoned operatic stars Lisette Oropesa and Mary Bevan.

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).

Read more: What are the lyrics to ‘O Holy Night’, in French and English?

Aled Jones and Malakai M Bayoh sing ‘O Holy Night’

12-year-old Malakai Bayoh is a member of the Schola Cantorum of The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School. Aled and Malakai sing in St Paul’s Church Covent Garden, London.

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We’re featuring this wonderful new recording on Classic FM this festive season, so make sure you’re listening.

Aled and Malakai also recorded Howard Blake’s classic seasonal tune ‘Walking in the Air’ from The Snowman, which we will soon be featuring exclusively on Global Player.

Since the first performance was released on 21 December, it’s very fair to say Malakai’s voice has had quite the impact on social media. Thank you for all the wonderful comments on the video.

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