Mary Ann Street
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After two acclaimed sell out tours in 2009, Only Men Aloud are back with a very special Christmas themed tour. The show will be a selection of festive Christmas repertoire, plus a mixture of songs from both of their albums and a few firm favourites. There are 2 peformances - a matinee and evening performance for the date in Cardiff.
Classical Brit Winners, Only Men Aloud was formed in 2000 by Tim Rhys-Evans. Tim’s primary aim was to encourage younger men to get involved with one of Wales’ oldest and best loved traditions, male voice singing. The group are unafraid to tackle music not normally associated with male voice choirs; their repertoire ranges from the 17th Century to the present day, and has included several world premieres in this time.
In 2008, Only Men Aloud entered what was to be the UK’s biggest choir competition to date, with choirs battling to become voted the best choir in the UK on BBC One’s hit Saturday night show Last Choir Standing. In October that year Only Men Aloud signed a five album, multi-million pound record deal with Universal Classics and Jazz, and joined Merlin Elite's management roster.
The choir's top-twenty debut album was recorded over five days at AIR studios in London, and achieved gold status within the first week of sales they went on to sell over a quarter million albums within the UK.
The choir appears regularly on network radio and television. Notable broadcasts include the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium, Radio Three Choir of the Year from The Royal Festival Hall, and a performance on HMS Belfast for the BBC One New Years Eve broadcast.
In 2009, the boys completed two successful trips to the United States, a critically acclaimed sell out tour of the United Kingdom recorded their second album Band Of Brothers in Cardiff with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales which was released October 12thand stayed at number 1 in the classical charts for a number of weeks. They performed for Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace and completed a second sold out UK tour in December 2009. OMA have now been on successful third trip to the USA in March 2010, and won ‘Album of The Year’ category at the Classical Brit Awards on May 13th.
That’s not all what they have been up to, Only Men Aloud have started Only Boys Aloud to encourage singing among young men across the South Wales Valleys. Generously supported by The Valleys-Heart and Soul campaign, Principality and Arts and Business Cymru, the scheme is the realisation of a long-held dream of Tim Rhys-Evans and will see 10 brand new boys' choirs being set up and run by Only Men Aloud. The first major gig for the massed forces of Only Boys Aloud was the televised opening of the National Eisteddfod in Ebbw Vale on July 30th 2010 and saw 150 14-19 year olds join forces with Only Men Aloud to make a massive impact with three standing ovations.
Only Men Aloud are also looking forward to their forthcoming release in the summer on the PBS channel plus touring the UK again this Christmas and Internationally.