X-Factor opera singer in Bristol

PUBLISHED: 17:53 27 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:38 25 May 2010

A POP opera golden boy is set to make his musical debut in a vocal masterpiece at the Bristol Hippodrome.

A POP opera golden boy is set to make his musical debut in a vocal masterpiece at the Bristol Hippodrome.

Jonathan Ansell, who won the heart of the nation as lead vocalist with X-Factor runners-up G4, has been cast in his musical debut, starring in Bill Kenwright's production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Whistle Down The Wind.

From February 15-20 audiences can see the show as it embarks on a national tour throughout the UK.

In a twist of fate the story follows a bright-eyed and youthful Swallow who discovers a mysterious man hiding in her family's barn.

While the rest of the townspeople are searching for a fugitive escaped from jail, Swallow gathers the town's children who make a pact to protect their new found saviour from the cruelties of the outside world.

An extraordinary and uplifting tale, Whistle Down the Wind is based on the beloved 60s film and features numerous multi-award-winning songs, including Boyzone's international smash hit No Matter What.

The musical shows how powerful love can be when the innocence of childhood collides with the cynicism of the adult world.

Jonathan's dramatic rise to fame comes in the wake of three years of multi-million-selling success with G4, but it is his solo achievements that have sent his career into orbit.

In a stunning combination of multi-award-winning songs, powerful all-new staging and epic storytelling, Whistle Down the Wind is a record-breaking theatrical sensation that is both mesmerizing and moving.

Tickets, priced £17.25- 34.50, are available on 0844 8472325.

The Weston & Somerset Mercury has teamed up with The Hippodrome to offer four lucky readers the chance to win tickets to see Whistle Down the Wind at 7.30pm on February 16.

To enter the competition, simply click on the link below and answer the following question by 10am on February 5: Which opera group did Jonathan Ansell join after appearing in X-Factor?

Usual Archant rules apply and the editor's decision is final.

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