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Last Updated: Wednesday, 31 May 2006, 15:26 GMT 16:26 UK
'We will rock you,' declare choir
Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody first hit the charts in 1975
One of Wales' best known male voice choirs are aiming to reach new fans by introducing pop and rock songs to their repertoire.

Morriston Orpheus Choir has added the classic Queen hit Bohemian Rhapsody and Westlife's You Raise Me Up to their concert programme.

Musical director Sian Pearce said they would still perform traditional songs.

But she said that the 118-strong choir also hoped to appeal to a younger and broader audience.

Queen's rock opera single Bohemian Rhapsody, first released in 1975 and voted the UK's favourite hit of all time in a poll of more than 30,000 people, more recently helped X-Factor boy band G4 into the charts.

We wanted to try something a bit different this year
Sian Pearce, musical director

Ms Pearce said the song, with its many harmonies, was ideally suited to a large choir.

"Some pop songs don't translate across to choirs, let alone male voice choirs," she said.

"But Bohemian Rhapsody and songs by groups such as Westlife, who are male singers, are perfectly suited to a male choir."

The songs will be performed at the choir's anniversary concert in Swansea next month and are set to remain as part of the repertoire.

Ms Pearce added: "We wanted to try something a bit different this year. We have had some success at modern pieces before but this is the first time we've tried rock songs.

"Whilst it is very important that we perform the tradition pieces synonymous with the choir we hope these sorts of songs will appeal to a younger and broader audience too."

The choir's annual concert takes place at Swansea's Brangwyn Hall on 10 June.

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