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Giving It Away

- Classical Music in Lockdown, and other fairytales

Stranded in London when the Coronavirus pandemic hit, Welsh opera singer Paul Carey Jones began chronicling the voyage of the classical music industry through the perils - and opportunities - of a global pandemic. Based on his hit blog series Coronaclassical, this book is his lockdown story so far.

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“A powerful traversal of life in the pandemic... he has a keen intellect that he applies with fluency and wit - all of this shines through in his writing.” - Mark Valencia, Opera Magazine 

"Paul Carey Jones turns out to be an addictively brilliant writer" - Support Action

"His view is alert and complex, evaluating developments with a searching but sceptical eye. There's no shortage of good ideas in his approach to a problem that has found operatic managements the world over wrong-footed, literally giving away the valuable assets of their recorded performances. A steadily rising Wotan, he explores Wagner's most complex character in further essays which also cover Tosca's death and other matters largely vocal and all worth encountering." - George Hall, BBC Music Magazine

"Something good to come out of lockdown." - John Suchet 

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Discography

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Enaid - Songs of the Soul
2007 Recordiau Sain
with Llyr Williams (piano)

"a strong dramatic sense, a powerful piece of declamation, 
a straightforward outpouring of rich, golden tone"

- International Record Review

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Songs Now - British Songs of the 21st Century
2012 Meridian Records
with Ian Ryan (piano)

"A fine, powerful voice - full of atmosphere, adventure and bite from beginning to end" - Music Web International

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Song Lied Cân
2019 Ty Cerdd Records
with Katharine Dain (soprano), Jocelyn Freeman (piano)

"A strong programme... Standout moments include the premieres of The Flowing Sand and The White Amaryllis" 

- BBC Music Magazine

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Tom Jones (Edward German)
2009 Naxos
with David Russell Hulme (conductor)

"Paul Carey Jones makes a sonorous mark"

- International Record Review

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Under Milk Wood: An Opera (John Metcalf)
2014 Ty Cerdd Records
with Wyn Davies (Musical Director)

"it was Paul Carey Jones whose flair with the words shone out, along with his impressive range of baritone colour" - Opera Magazine

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2117 / Hedd Wyn (Stephen McNeff)
2022 Ty Cerdd Records
Libretto by Gruff Rhys

 

"The piece romps along, full of changing moods and orchestral colour - McNeff’s lyrical gifts find affecting outlet" - The Guardian

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Jackie O (Michael Daugherty)
2009 Dynamic DVD
with Christopher Franklin (conductor) 
Damiano Michieletto (director)

"Paul Carey Jones seems spot-on accurate in his depiction of Andy Warhol" - Opera News