Opera star releases Christmas single
Singer Jonathan Veira is swapping opera houses for festive hymns as he releases a Christmas single promoting the real reason for the season ...
The former Glyndebourne and English National Opera star lends his baritone vocals to Graham Kendrick’s classic Thorns in the Straw, first released in 1994.
“Thorns In The Straw is absolutely classic Kendrick, the hook is so unbelievable and as a story-telling power-ballad. It is a mega song,” says Jonathan, who goes on to explain his love of the song originates in its vulnerability and how it reminds us of the true significance of Christmas. The lyric starts at the nativity, but skilfully journeys through to the Easter account of Jesus on the cross, and the ‘Father forgive’ moment:
"Since the day the angel came, it seemed that everything had changed, the only certain thing was the child that moved within …"
The words of a great song tell a story in an accessible and memorable way. Thorns In The Straw is a reminder of the importance of Christmas and communicates the passion and significance of Jesus’ birth.
Jonathan has performed extensively on the operatic stage for over 25 years, including Glyndebourne, Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the English National Opera, as well as appearing on many UK television and radio broadcasts, and regularly for the BBC Proms. His rich vocals add an emotive quality that lead this song straight to the heart.
The single is available from iTunes now, and for £2.49 includes three tracks; Thorns in the Straw, Joy to the World and His Eye is on the Sparrow.