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Last Updated: Friday September 02 2005 11:57 GMT

Choirboys sign 500k record deal

The Choirboys
Three choirboys are celebrating after landing a massive 500,000 deal with top record label Universal Classics.

CJ Porter-Thaw, 10, and Patrick Aspbury and Ben Inman, both 12, have spent the summer recording their first album after being spotted by talent scouts.

The trio were all discovered singing in their school choirs, and now sing for the same company as Jamie Cullum and opera singer Luciano Pavarotti.

Their album includes choral music and versions of theme tunes like Mr Bean.

Green Day fans

The band, called The Choirboys, also feature the music to The Vicar of Dibley on their CD.

Patrick and CJ were both discovered singing at King's School near Cambridge, and Ben was found in the choir at Minster School in Nottingham.

Despite being signed to a classical label, they say they all love US rock band Green Day.

Universal Classics general manager Dickon Stainer said the boys were picked on the strength of their amazing voices.

"We auditioned hundreds of boys and these are the three best singers we could find in the whole country," said Mr Stainer.

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