International opera, concert and recording star, Jon Christos, has a quarter of a million notes on his mind – the staggering £250,000 he is aiming to raise for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research by Christmas!
Jon, together with sensational new operatic discovery, Jenny Williams, will be singing their hearts out in numerous department stores, shopping centres, theme parks and train stations nationwide over the coming months, with all proceeds going direct to the charity.
Jon, 34, from Eccles, Greater Manchester and Jenny, 22, from Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, commenced their fundraising tour at Marks & Spencer’s flagship store in Manchester earlier this month, and after wowing thousands of customers during their subsequent performances at Marks & Spencer’s Handforth Dean and Milton Keynes stores recently, the duo are now well on the way to achieving their target with £10,000 being raised so far for the charity that seeks to beat blood cancers.
“We are delighted to have two such superb artists willing to donate so much of their spare time to raise this incredible amount for us,” says Claire Hoyle, Head of Community Fundraising at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. “No charity could possibly continue their work without the support of people like Jon and Jenny, and we are extremely grateful to them as a result.”
Jon, who is managed by music business guru, Perry Hughes (Perry has worked with some of the biggest names in music and entertainment over the years, on top of developing many artists for such major record labels as Decca/Universal and Sony BMG), formulated the idea with David Gregory – founder and company manager of ‘The David Gregory Charity Singers’, an organisation that seeks to provide a platform for up-and-coming artists to regularly showcase their talents to the public, whilst raising funds for many a charitable cause.
“We're under no illusions that this is a mammoth task, which we will work tirelessly to achieve,” says Jon. “It is also one that creates a win-win situation for all by raising a staggering amount for a charity that does so much for so many people, whilst allowing us to entertain the public with music they know and love, but haven't heard in such a way before.”
Jon and Jenny first performed as a duo at the Manchester Prom Concert at Hyde Park in 2009. Since then, they have gone onto captivate countless audiences with their unique take on numerous opera and pop classics at a variety of high-profile engagements including the televised BBC ‘Proms in the Park’ concert at Buile Hill in Salford, Greater Manchester (alongside the BBC Philharmonic), the Johnstone Paint Cup Final at the new Wembley Stadium (in front of a crowd of over 70,000), the Queen Mary ll 5th anniversary concert at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool (alongside the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic) and the Maggie Jones Memorial Service (‘Coronation Street’s Blanche Hunt) at Salford Cathedral, Greater Manchester.
Previous to forming the duo – the first of its kind, Jon’s solo career included concerts with such acclaimed conductors and orchestras as Erich Kunzel and his Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (‘9/11’ commemorative concert), the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Scottish National and the Halle orchestras under the direction of BBC Proms veteran, Carl Davis, and the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Anthony Inglis.
The critically acclaimed Tenor, has also appeared in concert alongside such stars as Katherine Jenkins, Jonathan Ansell, Mylene Klass, Hayley Westenra, Chris De Burgh, Mick Hucknall, Rick Astley, and as part of the new Three Tenors with Alfie Boe and Garðar Thór Cortes at the launch of Cunard’s new line ship, the MS Queen Victoria at Southampton in the presence of HRH Prince Charles – The Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker-Bowles – The Duchess of Cornwall.
Jon’s TV, radio and recording credits include BBC TV’s ‘Songs of Praise’ (6 performances), ITV’s ‘Today With Des & Mel’, Granada TV’s ‘Chasing the Dream’, BBC TV’s ‘Just the Two of Us’ (Vocal Coach), Channel M (TV for Manchester – Guest Presenter), BBC Radio 2’s ‘Friday Night is Music Night’ (4 performances), BBC Radio Lancashire’s ‘Why We Love’ (a weekly 2-hour show presented by Jon), and such compilation album releases as ‘Classical Voices 2010’, ‘The Classical Album 2009’, ‘The Number One Classical Album’ (2006 and 2008), as well as his debut album, ‘Northern Light’, which reached No. 6 in the classical albums chart in 2005.
Note to Editors:
For further details please contact:
The David Gregory Charity Singers
Tel: +44 (0)7515 531 860
For more information on Jon Christos, Jenny Williams and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, please visit:
Jon Christos and Jenny Williams’s Management:
Roots Music Group
Tel: +44 (0) 161 728 5686
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