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Debut album for 'Hollywood' choir
Froncysyllte choir with mayor of Wrexham
Wrexham Mayor George James congratulated the choir
A north Wales choir have released their debut album with one of the world's biggest record labels.

The Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir, based near Llangollen, was signed by Universal Music Group after being spotted by the manager of boy band Blue.

Voices of the Valley was released on 20 November, the same day as Westlife released an eighth album.

The choir's story could now be made into a Hollywood movie after a British

producer optioned the rights to a film.

Plans for a media launch in London were changed last week after the choir voted to stay at home.

Daniel Glatman with choir members
Manager Daniel Glatman with the youngest and oldest choristers

Instead they opted for a celebration lunch and a free concert for friends and family at the Bryn Howel hotel in Llangollen on Monday.

Wrexham mayor George James attended the launch party, and said the "whole world" would now take notice of musical talent in north Wales.

He added: "This is not Cardiff or Swansea, this is Wrexham. We have the talent here in north Wales.

"It's an honour and a privilege to be here."

John Hughes Roberts, chairman of the Welsh Association of Male Voice Choirs, said: "This is going to open doors for many, many choirs."

I love working with them. They are lovely guys, there's no egos amongst them, and it's a real honour to be a part of this
Manager Daniel Glatman

Choir chairman Dave Jones said the group had been on a "wonderful adventure," and could not believe their overnight success.

The choir were signed by Daniel Glatman, manager of former boy band Blue, after he saw them perform at a wedding.

He joked that he was now working with the world's oldest boy band - with a combined age of 3,974.

Mr Glatman said the choir's website had jumped from around 50 hits a month to more than 200,000 since news of their signing broke two months ago.

He added: "I love working with them. They are lovely guys, there's no egos amongst them, and it's a real honour to be a part of this."




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12 Oct 06 |  North East Wales

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