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'Fastest-selling' album for choir
Cr Meibion Froncysyllte
National Eisteddfod audiences are used to seeing the choir compete
A male voice choir has produced the fastest-selling classical album of all time, according to their record label.

Denbighshire-based Fron Male Voice Choir - which has a combined age of 3,979 - has sold 165,000 copies of the debut album in just three weeks.

Universal Classics said Voices of the Valley had beaten the previous fastest- selling act, The Three Tenors.

Choir chairman Dave Jones said they were on an "exciting journey" which was both "wonderful and unreal".

"We knew it would sell well, probably in Wales, but this has taken everyone by surprise," he said.

We are keeping our feet firmly on the ground
Dave Jones, choir chairman

Since the Voices of the Valley CD was released it has sold faster than albums from The Three Tenors, Russell Watson and Hayley Westenra.

The 60-strong choir, which started in 1947, has been approached by potential new members since their success.

Mr Jones warned, however, that anyone wanting to join has to do so for the right reasons.

"We are on an exciting journey at the moment, but it is hard work. We practice twice a week so it is quite a commitment."

Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir
The choir's members range in age from 18 to 85

The journey shows no sign of slowing down with arrangements being made for an UK-wide tour in the new year.

It will include three shows in Wales with the choir supported by a brass band.

They are also waiting with "bated breath" at the prospect of a film being made about them.

Their successful run began when they were spotted by the former manager of boy band Blue.

Zygi Kamasa offered to manage the choir and get it a recording contract.

The choir are taking the accompanying celebrity status in their stride however.

"There is nothing more ordinary than the Fron Choir and whilst what is happening is both wonderful and unreal - we are keeping our feet firmly on the ground," Mr Jones added.


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