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Fron choir busks its way to glory


Male voice choir steal the show

It might not have the glitz and glamour of the world's most famous music halls and prestigious award ceremonies.

But the Froncysyllte Male Voice choir are on their way to being crowned Britain's best... buskers.

The choir from near Wrexham are said to have "wiped the floor" in The Culture Show's Busking Challenge, beating the likes of the Charlatans and Supergrass.

The choir, dubbed the world's oldest boy band, will feature on Thursday's episode on BBC2 at 2320 BST.

The Culture Show has been running the busking challenge since October 2007, and every week a different band or singer is asked to busk in public to become "unfamous" for 15 minutes.

As well as The Charlatans and Supergrass, others to have taken part include Moby and Dirty Pretty Things.

I never would have guessed that a male voice choir would win the Busking Challenge, way ahead of the likes of some the top rock bands
Eddie Morgan

Executive Producer of the programme, Eddie Morgan said: "The Fron Choir just blew people away and have stolen the show.

"I never would have guessed that a male voice choir, of relatively senior citizens, would win the Busking Challenge, way ahead of the likes of some the top rock bands and singers in Britain like Supergrass, the Charlatans, Moby and Roisin Murphy.

"But quality is quality and the choir's performance in Chester was brilliant. They are worthy winners."

With a combined age of nearly 4,000 years, the Fron Choir, based near Wrexham, has risen to worldwide fame since they were spotted by the manager of boy band Blue at a wedding.

Their debut album, Voices of the Valley, went on to sell more than half a million copies and remained at number one in the classical chart for 11 weeks.

They were also nominated for the Classical Brits best album award in 2007.

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