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Only Men Aloud
These 20 young men from South Wales rocketed to stardom following their success on the television show Last Choir Standing in 2008.
Life and Music
- Within hours of being named The Nation’s Favourite Choir, Only Men Aloud signed a five-album deal with Universal Music. Their first release, a self-titled album, has sold over a quarter of a million copies and achieved gold status within a week.
- Only Men Aloud have now toured across the UK and USA and even performed at a private function for Camilla and Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace, at the Prince’s personal invitation.
- Only Men Aloud’s second album, Band of Brothers, released in October 2009, featured new interpretations of modern classics, Welsh traditional anthems and opera.
- The choir have collaborated with a wide variety of high-profile artists, including Josh Groban, Russell Watson and Welsh singers Bonnie Tyler, Rhydian Roberts, Bryn Terfel, Aled Jones and Katherine Jenkins.
Did you know?
In 2010 Only Men Aloud founded Only Boys Aloud to encourage singing among young men across South Wales. The group have already found great success, including an appearance on ITV1’s Britain’s Got Talent!
Founder Tim Rhys-Evans talks to Classic FM as the choir ready their new album and prepare for their Christmas tour.
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Over 160 young people from across the south Wales valleys have taken part in Only Men Aloud's latest venture: Only Boys Aloud.
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