Enjoy Celebrity Radio’s Jonathan Ansell Life Story Interview…..
Jonathan Ansell is an English singer & actor, formerly the high tenor of the vocal group G4 who shot to fame on X-Factor in 2004.
Since leaving G4 he’s gone on to tour the UK, have top 10 albums and appear in many Musicals and productions.
Ansell is one of the most powerful and respected tenors in the business.
Hear a rare and exclusive interview from 2008…..
Ansell was born in Bognor Regis in 1982, where both his parents were Primary school teachers. Influenced by his mother’s tapes of Pavarotti and the Three Tenors, Ansell joined the West Sussex Boys’ Choir conducted by Arthur Robson, at the age of eight.
He toured extensively with the choir to Florida, Germany, and France, performed in the Royal Festival Hall and sang many times in Arundel Cathedral. Ansell stayed with the choir until his voice broke at the age of 16 when he lost the ability to sing treble but after puberty found he had developed a high tenor voice instead.
Ansell attended the Anglican Bishop Luffa School in Chichester. He achieved his Grade 8 as a treble at 13 and received his Grade 8 as a tenor at 17. Ansell published a solo album in 2001 with his savings.
After a performance of Love Changes Everything at a choral society concert in Littlehampton, Ansell’s local MP Howard Flight, who was in the audience, arranged for him to have a preliminary audition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Ansell suffered from Glandular Fever from early September 1999 to mid-February 2000, and so the audition was rearranged.
After working with music teacher Martin Elliott, he won a place at the Guildhall two years later.
While at the Guildhall School, Ansell’s singing teacher was Adrian Thompson, who has a similar voice to Ansell and he described their lessons as working together.
At that time, Ansell’s academic studies fell below the standard. Diagnosed as dyslexic, an agreement was reached where he stayed as a pupil.
Recorded 2010 by Alex Belfield for the BBC and Celebrity Radio.