Gwyn Hughes Jones

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Welsh tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones will perform Bread Of Heaven in tribute to the late Gary Speed before Newcastle's home game against Chelsea on Saturday.

Hailing from Llanbedrgoch, Anglesey, he made his professional operatic debut in 1995 with Welsh National Opera as Ismaele in Nabucco. Among the roles he has sung for the company are Duca in Rigoletto, Rodolfo in La Boheme, Nemorino in L'Elisir d'Amore, the title role in Gounod's Faust and most recently Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly and Don José in Carmen.

He has also performed roles for other British companies and in Europe and America. Jones' extensive concert repertoire includes Verdi's Requiem and Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde.

He has appeared with many orchestras, among them the Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Trondheim Symfoniorkester, the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Jones will lead the 52,000-strong crowd in a rendition of the hymn while supporters in the East Stand hold up black and white cards showing the number 11 - the shirt Speed wore at Newcastle.

All supporters will be provided with hymn sheets at the turnstiles, and upon completion of the hymn a minite's applause will take place.