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The Fron Male Voice Choir: Voices Of The Valley Live

The Fron Male Voice Choir: Voices Of The Valley LiveWales has always been known for
  spawning ultra-talented singers, so
  it comes as no surprise that The Fron
  Male Voice Choir has captured such
  hauntingly beautiful songs, performed
  with such splendour, on a wonderful
  DVD, Voices Of The Valley Live
...”

TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE NEAR-PERFECT ACOUSTICS of the lovely St Jude's Church in London's Hampstead Garden Suburb, the Fron Male Voice Choir was filmed during Proms at the St Jude's 2008 Music Festival for a very special DVD, Voices Of The Valley Live.

The atmospheric, early 20th Century church designed by Lutyens provides the ideal venue for the rousing performance of such exquisiteness and clarity that could only be achieved with sixty enthusiastic Welsh male voices in full song. The result is a collection of glorious, uplifting and delightfully poignant songs.

Chairman and 1st Tenor David Jones praises the church as having "amazing acoustics" and being "a wonderful place to sing" and speaks of the choir being established in 1947 to coincide with a North Wales initiative to reunite the people of the world in music, song and dance after the Second World War. There are some great shots of the architecture and decoration of the church.

The Fron Male Voice Choir took an incredible 58 years to hit the big time. The choir was spotted at a wedding in 2006 by Daniel Glatman, the former manager of boy band Blue, and immediately signed them to UCJ — putting them on the road to stardom and earning them the reputation of the oldest boy band in the world!

One of the highlights of the DVD is an intimate documentary following the 'boys' on the road and interviews with them in the stunning Froncysyllte Valley that gives the amateur choir its name. Members of The Fron Male Voice Choir balance their singing with their everyday lives and among the line-up is a prison warder, a fireman, a farmer, an undertaker and a builder.

The concert DVD is Directed by John FD Northover and the accompanist is Alwena Nutting. Twenty three songs are featured, all given the classic Fron treatment. The choir's rendition of such popular songs as You Raise Me Up and the fabulous Unchained Melody are mixed in with You'll Never Walk Alone, Can't Help Falling In Love, The Beatles' Yesterday and the emotive Softly As I Leave You, which is about a dying man talking to his wife and is sung very sympathetically. These songs are featured along with others on the Fron Male Voice Choir's albums Voices Of The Valley and Voices Of The Valley Encore.

Traditional Welsh songs — that throughout the choir's sixty years have become part of the live Fron Male Voice Choir experience — are also performed on the DVD. A number of highlights are worth mentioning: the rousing When The Saints Go Marchin' In, the overwhelmingly beautiful Battle Hymn Of The Republic and the terrific encore Amen/This Little Light Of Mine that is performed without one single hint of breathlessness. Closing with the Welsh National Anthem (Land Of My Fathers), the concert reflects pride in the choir member's talents and in their country.

The Fron Male Voice Choir's musical director Ann Atkinson is the only female and her mezzo soprano voice is fabulous and emotive. Ann's solo verse on How Great Thou Art is heartfelt and lovely and she performs on songs that include World In Union — which should be adopted as the theme song for 2009! — and Panis Angelicus as well as three more solos as DVD extras. Ann is very visual and is clearly as passionate about the choir as the men.

In what has been described as one of the most momentous and astonishing rises ever, The Fron Male Voice Choir's debut album for UCJ rocketed the 'boys' and their solo female musical director Ann Atkinson to the top of the classical charts. Selling almost one million copies (and still rising), Voices Of The Valley Live spent two months at the top of the classical chart and became the fastest selling classical album ever.

This is riveting stuff with beautiful songs; beautifully sung and at once dramatic, gentle, soft and boisterous. If you enjoy indulging yourself in a musical extravaganza of delightful male choir voices at their utmost best, you should invest in this wonderful DVD.

Fremantle Home Entertainment is proud to announce the release (on 3 November, 2008) of Voices Of The Valley Live, the first-ever DVD from the phenomenally successful, multi-platinum selling The Fron Male Voice Choir. Catalogue Number: FHED2501.

The debut DVD coincides with the release of their third studio album Home for Universal Classics and Jazz (released 10 November 2008).

Voices Of The Valley Live
Tracklisting

1 Gospel Train | 2 Dyrchefi'r Fi (You Raise Me Up) | 3 Unchained Melody | 4 Gwahoddiad (Invitation) | 5 My Little Welsh Home | 6 The Miller's Song | 7 Panis Angelicus | 8 Tydi a Raddaist (Thou Gavest) | 9 Yesterday | 10 Suo Gn (Lullaby) | 11 Softly As I Leave You | 12 When The Saints Go Marchin' In | 13 Battle Hymn Of The Republic | 14 Can't Help Falling In Love | 15 Ar Lan y Mr (On The Sea Shore) | 16 You'll Never Walk Alone | 17 How Great Thou Art | 18 World In Union | 19 Bring Him Home | 20 The Rose | 21 Rhythm Of Life | 22 Amen | 23 Land Of My Fathers (Welsh National Anthem).

Extras

Documentary: The Story Of The Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir (over 20 minutes) | Ann's extra solos: 1 Habanera (from Bizet's Carmen; 2 Dido's Lament (from Purcell's Dido And Aeneas; 3 David Of The White Rock.

"The Fron Male Voice Choir has captured such hauntingly beautiful songs, performed with such splendour, on a wonderful DVD, Voices Of The Valley" — Maggie Woods, MotorBar

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