Last updated: 07 January 2011
Situated in the beautiful Vale of Llangollen in North Wales, some 15 miles from Chester, the village of Froncysyllte is the home of one of Wales' most distinguished male choirs.
The Fron Choir was formed in 1947 under the baton of Lloyd Edwards, with the object of competing at the then newly-established International Musical Eisteddfod, a competitive festival which is held annually in the nearby town of Llangollen.
Having honed their vocal and musical skills on the competitive stage and winning prizes at Llangollen and festivals in Malta and Athens, the Fron Choir has toured extensively, including to Paris, Cologne, San Sebastian, Toronto, Vancouver, Seattle and Chicago.
In October 2006 an unlikely news story hit the headlines. It was announced that Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir had signed to Universal Music Group.
The choir signed the deal after being spotted at a wedding by Daniel Glatman, manager of boy band Blue. "When I first saw them they were absolutely fantastic," he said. "They just blew me away and I realised we just had to capture that passion and the amazing sound in a recording studio."
British film producer Zygi Kamasa also optioned the rights to a film. "The story of this choir who were picked from obscurity to be signed by the biggest record label in the world is a classic feelgood story that has huge potential, particularly when you consider that the average age of the singers is 60," he said.
The Fron Choir's debut album, Voices Of The Valley, was released in November 2006 and became the best-selling classical album of that year and the fastest-selling classical album of all time. They have subsequently released three further albums and a DVD.
Voices Of The Valley (2006)Welsh music's surprise hit of 2006, the Fron Choir's 59th year. Read the BBC Music review