” Walking In The Air ” is by Aled Jones, is a Welsh singer who rose to fame for this cover version of the song from the British TV station Channel 4’s animated film The Snowman. It was released in the United Kingdom by record label HMV ( His Masters Voice, owned by EMI ) in 1985.
The song was written by English composer Howard Blake OBE. Howard’s career has seen him produce over 650 works and has lasted more than fifty years. He is best known for this song. However, he is also recognised for his concertos, oratorios, ballets, operas and numerous other instrumental pieces.
In an interview with British newspaper The Telegraph, Howard explained his inspiration for the song ” I decided I wanted to write a symphony based on the theme of innocence, but I wasn’t sure where to start. Then I was walking along the beach one day, thinking about this symphony, when six notes came into my head “.
He added, ” There is something about that tune that spells something to people about freedom and joy and loss and all the things they would like to regain “.
The original 1982 version of ” Walking in the Air ” was performed by St Paul’s Cathedral choirboy Peter Auty who went uncredited on the film due to the rush to get it released; Peter was paid £300 for his work.
Peter has gone on to be one of Britain’s leading tenors and has continued to work across the world with many companies including Essen Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Nationale Reisopera and New Zealand Opera.
In the film, based on the children’s storybook by Raymond Briggs ( Raymond Redvers Briggs ) was adapted for the newly formed British TV station Channel 4 by Dianne Jackson and produced by Snowman Enterprises, Channel 4 Television Corporation and TVC London. After the first screening on Channel 4 in 1982 The Snowman was an instant hit and nominated for an Oscar, the animation continues to be a favourite with both children and adults to this day.
The Snowman is a children’s picture book without words, first published in 1978 by Hamish Hamilton in the United Kingdom and later the same year by Random House in the United States.
A brief description of the film by Jonathan Broxton for imdb.com states ” Wordless (save for the song “Walking in the Air”) animated adventure about a young English boy who makes a snowman one Christmas Eve, only for it to come to life that night and take him on a magical adventure to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus “.
Originally the song was released in the United Kingdom in 1985 ( re-issued from 1982 ) and featured Peter Auty and the Sinfonia of London; it peaked at number forty-five on the UK Singles Chart.
Aled Jones released a cover of the original and had much higher success. This version of the song, also released in 1985, entered the UK chart on the 23rd of November and peaked at number five. It spent three weeks in the Top Ten and a total of sixteen weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 5
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Ireland 10
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