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19 November 2012, 15:10
Celebrating eight years in the music industry, pop-classical crossover group Il Divo popped in to Classic FM to share the secrets of their success with Jamie Crick.
Classical crossover four-piece Urs, Sebastien, Carlos, David, otherwise known as Il Divo, are gearing up for the release of their greatest hits album on November 26, after an illustrious eight years of taking the charts by storm. But when treading the line between pop and classical music, how do they decide which music will be well-received?
Tenor David Miller said Il Divo's trademark musical style arose from something of an experiment, and the group never expected such enduring success.
"We had no template," he said. "We had no map to follow - it was just trying to figure out: how do we use our voices, and how do we take these songs that the record company has given us to interpret, and how do we turn this into something that straddles two worlds at the same time but then has its own unique sound?"
Their latest disc includes pop classics like Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On and Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You, with Il Divo's signature operatic twist.