John Jones in Patience

John Jones (1959-62)

[Born New Tredeger, Bedwellty, South Wales 3 Jan 1930]

Ernest John Claude Jones made his first professional stage appearance with the George Mitchell Singers, appearing with that organization in the pantomime Mother Goose in Edinburgh in December 1958. When he joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in December 1959 as a tenor chorister, he was forced to abandon his first name due to Equity rules, and was known as John Jones for the duration of his tenure with the Company, until April 1962.

After leaving the D'Oyly Carte, Jones worked with several touring variety and seasonal shows as tenor soloist. He returned to Gilbert & Sullivan on at least one occasion, singing Ralph Rackstraw in H.M.S. Pinafore as a guest artist with a British Army Garrison near Reading in 1969.

Once more known as Ernest Jones, he currently runs an agency (Bristol Extra Services Team, or BEST) for film and TV actors, dancers, specialty artists, models, and other performers.

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