A RHOS-on-Sea opera extraordinaire has netted more than £10,000 for charity with his powerful voice.

Baritone John Ieuan Jones’ live lockdown concerts from his home have been a huge success and raised significant funds for a variety of charities.

His most recent lockdown concert raised more than £1,800, despite apprehensions about the number of people that would tune in after lockdown restrictions were lifted. More than 200 people watched the recent concert live and since then it has had a staggering 7,000 views.

He said: “The concert went really well. It was my third online concert and therefore I was well used to the routine by now which meant I could relax a little more. With lockdown easing, I was afraid it wouldn’t gain as much interest, however, I am pleased this was not the case and I was able to raise a good amount of money for both charities.

“I have raised around £10,000 with gift aid between the three concerts, and I am so incredibly grateful to the people who have so generously donated."

Before the pandemic, the singer was due to perform in Canada and was going to start a contract at the Grange Park Opera in Surrey.

However, despite the change in plans John ieuan has used his skills to raise funds for the Wales Air Ambulance, neurological disorder charity Ataxia UK, the DPJ Foundation, Mind, Hope House Children's Hospice and St David's Hospice.

Yet despite lockdown, he has managed to tread the boards - virtually - with a host of special guests.

The most recent concert included tenor and Wales Air Ambulance Ambassador Rhys Meirion, who joined John Ieuan for a duet. He was also joined by four of his good friends, Ryan Vaughan Davide, Erin Rossington, Steffan Lloyd Owen and Eiry Price, who joined him for a rendition of Anfonaf Angel.

Another previous concert included special guest Sir Bryn Terfel, who is patron of the Wales Air Ambulance.

John Ieuan added: “I would like to thank every single person who has supported me during these concerts. I’ve been blown away by people’s generosity and it made the effort of putting these concerts on totally worth it. I am extremely happy I have been able to do something small to help some incredible charities during this difficult time and I will continue to help in whichever way I can.”

Lynne Garlick, Wales Air Ambulance Fundraising Manager, said: “It is wonderful to hear that people like John Ieuan Jones thought of different ways to not only entertain the public during these difficult times but to also fundraise for so many charities.

"To have raised over £10,000 is just incredible. His support is much appreciated, and I’m pleased over 200 people tuned in to enjoy listening to the talented opera singer.

"Thank you to everyone who has donated. John Ieuan’s efforts have not gone unnoticed.”