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Hollywood beckons for male choir
Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir
The choir record some of their works
A north Wales choir have been signed to one of the world's biggest record labels, amid hopes their story could become a Hollywood movie.

The potential of Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir, based near Llangollen, was spotted at a wedding by Daniel Glatman, manager of boy band Blue.

They have signed a lucrative deal with Universal Music Group, home to artists like Eminem and 50 Cent.

A leading British movie producer has also optioned the rights to a film.

The story of this choir who were picked from obscurity to be signed by the biggest record label in the world is a classic feelgood story
Film producer Zygi Kamasa
Mr Glatman said: "When the hairs on the back of your neck stand up you know you can't ignore it."

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

The choir is well known on the Eisteddfod circuit after competing in local competitions since 1947, since being formed by coalminers to promote neighbourly goodwill.

But now they look set for international stardom after signing with Universal Classics and Jazz, the label which also has Jamie Cullum and Katherine Jenkins on its books.

Their story has also been followed by film producer Zygi Kamasa, who worked on Bend It Like Beckham and George Clooney's Good Night and Good Luck.

He has optioned the rights to their story, which it is hoped will follow in the footsteps of other British success stories like Brassed Off and Calendar Girls.

Mr Kamasa said: "The story of this choir who were picked from obscurity to be signed by the biggest record label in the world is a classic feelgood story that has huge potential, particularly when you consider that the average age of the singers is 60."

Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir
The choir have come a long way since their origins in 1947

The choir's debut album, Voices of the Valley, is due for release on 20 November.

The release date means the choir is expected to be up against re-formed former boy band Take That in the album charts.

Mr Glatman broke the news to the choir on Thursday that they could be starring in their own film.

He said: "When I first saw them they were absolutely fantastic.

"They just blew me away and I realised we just had to capture that passion and the amazing sound in a recording studio."

Dennis Williams, 75, was a founder member of the choir in 1947 when aged 16 and is now its oldest member.

He said: "When we were first approached by Universal I never thought it would be this big, but now it's started it's just like a juggernaut.

"We're very excited and are thoroughly enjoying it."

He added he hoped it would help encourage youngsters to join male voice choirs.

The choir's current youngest member, Matthew Hayward, 18, said: "It's still a bit weird at the moment. My great-grandfather was a founder member so it's great to be a part of this choir."

Asked if he joined his friends in listening to modern music he said: "It's always been about the choir for me - none of this computerised rubbish".




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