Jon’s love for music began at an early age when he started to play the violin at the age of 4, then soon after the piano which took him to the renowned Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. Singing soon became his first love though and it was this that took him to the Royal Northern College of Music as a Major Scholarship recipient.
The release of Jon’s début album “Northern Light” in 2006 was accompanied by the showing of a Granada TV documentary ‘Chasing The Dream’ giving a superb insight not only into Jon Christos the man, but also the album recording process. Also included was footage of Jon’s début in the USA, performing with the famous Erich Kunzel and his Cincinnati Pops Orchestra at a special ’9/11′ commemorative concert. Jon’s vocal artistry wowed Kunzel, in particular his performance of Puccini’s Nessun Dorma and the impromptu performance of the US National Anthem which made him a legion of fans in America.
Jon has performed on regional and national UK, American and European TV a number of times including ITV’s Christmas Eve concert from Norwich Cathedral, chat show Lunchtime with Des & Mel, Act of Worship for Peace, Easter service, six performances on BBC 1′s Songs of Praise show, Fox News and the Sky Sports PFA Football Awards. He was also a vocal coach on BBC’s Just The Two Of Us, and has been a judge on the BBC Radio 2′s Young Chorister of the Year competition as well as performing live four times on BBC Radio 2′s illustrious Friday Night is Music Night show.
Highlights of Jon’s appearances over the last couple of years include Summer Prom concerts at Hyde Park and Heaton Park in Manchester, the Northern Prom in Durham, Manchester Five Stars Scanner Appeal Concert, a St Georges Day Extravaganza with the Royal Marines Band at The Bridgewater Hall, three Brighton Dome Christmas Concerts and performances of the “Sport Symphony” with Carl Davis across Europe.
Jon has also performed with Carl and The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in Liverpool and at Leeds Castle in Kent, and with the CBSO in Birmingham and at Vila Castagnoli in Tuscany. Jon performed for Football Reaching Out For Africa at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the launch of the new Cunard cruise liner The Queen Victoria at Southampton in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Welsh Guards Band in Liverpool Cathedral to commemorate the final visit of RMS Q.E.II. Jon also sang at the televised opening ceremony of the FINA World Swimming Championships at the Manchester Evening News Arena.
Jon has performed at a number of high profile sporting events including the Powergen Rugby Cup Final at Twickenham, The Heineken Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, The Professional Football Association Centenary Match at the City of Manchester Stadium and at the following gala Centenary dinner at Manchester’s G-Mex centre, Bolton’s Reebok Stadium, Salford Rugby League’s The Willows, several half-time concerts at The City of Manchester Stadium, and he was the first artist to perform at the New Wembley Stadium for an England Under 16 International and also performed at Wembley for the Championship, F.A. Trophy and League One play-off finals.
In July 2008 started his own two hour live radio show called “Why We Love” on BBC Radio Lancashire, looking into what from a musician and producers point of view made songs from over the decades so successful and popular.
Jon is also a proud good will Ambassador for the U.N. and Patron of EDN (Eating Disorder Network).