Only Men Aloud!

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Only Men Aloud
Origin Cardiff, Wales
Genres Choral Music
Occupations Choir
Years active 2000-Present
Labels Universal Music Group
Decca Records
Associated acts Only Boys Aloud
Website http://www.onlymenaloud.com/
Members See below
Past members see below

Only Men Aloud! [1] is a male voice choir from Wales. The choir came to national prominence in the UK when they won the Last Choir Standing competition run by BBC television during 2008.[2]

Overview[edit]

The choir was formed by Tim Rhys-Evans, a classically trained singer and former musical director of Welsh National Youth Opera. It has 15 members and is based in Cardiff.

Following Last Choir Standing, the choir signed a five-record deal with Universal Music and released their first album.[3] They performed with Josh Groban at The Royal Variety Performance in 2008.[4]

The choir embarked on their first UK tour in April/May 2009 with singer and soap star Amy Nuttall joining them as a special guest. The performance at the Cardiff International Arena featured a one-off performance with Bonnie Tyler.

In October 2009, the choir held auditions at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff to find two new members to join them. Later that month the choir's second album, Band of Brothers, went straight to number one in the UK Classical Charts, where it remained for three weeks. [1] The album went on to win the NS&I Album of the Year 2010 at the Classical Brit awards.[5]

The choir embarked on their second UK tour in December 2009. Their special guest was Welsh soprano Gwawr Edwards. In 2010, the choir was given its own Welsh-language television series, Only Men Aloud, on S4C.[6]

In May 2010 Tim Rhys Evans embarked on a new project, to revive the male voice choir tradition, by forming Only Boys Aloud[7] The boys made their first public appearance at the Ebbw Vale Eisteddfod in Ebbw Vale and received three standing ovations for their renditions of Calon Lan, Sosban Fach and Don't Stop Believing.

Only Men Aloud! completed a 16-date UK Christmas Tour in December 2010. Their special guest was West End singer, Katy Treharne. The show at the CIA in Cardiff also featured Only Boys Aloud who sang "Don't Stop Believing" and "You Raise me Up" with Only Men Aloud!

Only Men Aloud! were also the musical guests on the Christmas Day 2010 edition of BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing. They sang a specially-arranged version of "Silent Night" and "I'll Be Home For Christmas".

In 2011, Only Men Aloud released their third album called In Festive Mood, made a 15-date UK Christmas Tour and released Only Men Aloud - The Book. In Festive Mood entered the UK Classical Charts at Number 8. A BBC Wales series, Only Boys Aloud: the Academy, was devoted to Only Boys Aloud!

On 27 July 2012, Only Men Aloud performed at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games. They performed on Caliban's Dream, as the Olympic cauldron was lit. The track is featured on the soundtrack of the ceremony, Isles of Wonder. It was digitally released as a downloadable track on iTunes at midnight on 27 July after the ceremony. It was the highest placed track from the soundtrack on iTunes in the UK, reaching no. 5 when the charts were announced on 29 July.[8] On 5 August, it entered the main charts at number 12.

Tim Rhys-Evans was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in June 2013. He was awarded the honour for services to music and for charitable services.[9]

In May 2013, It was announced that Only Men Aloud would go through a radical restructure later in the year to become an eight piece group. The decision was made for logistical reasons as they looked to expand their global appeal.[10] At the end of September 2013, the new look line up was announced and the new eight piece group performed two shows in the Elgar Rooms, Royal Albert Hall.[11]

Line-up[edit]

Conductor: Tim Rhys-Evans

Choir:

Wyn Davies, David Fortey,

Ben Smith, David Mahoney,

Niall Allen, Craig Yates,

Huw Euron, Stephen Hamnett.

Previous members include David Thaxton (Les Misérables, Passion), Alan Winner (Gone with the Wind), Noel Sullivan (Hear'Say)!, and Jon Robyns (Avenue Q, Les Misérables).

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Chart peak positions
UK
[12]
Only Men Aloud! 16
Band Of Brothers 21
In Festive Mood
  • Released: 28 November 2011
  • Genre: Choral Music
  • Label: OMA Records

Singles[edit]

Year Single Album
2008 "All By Myself" Only Men Aloud!
2009 "Total Eclipse of the Heart" Band of Brothers

As featured artist[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK
[13]
2012 "Caliban's Dream"
(Underworld featuring Dockhead Choir, Dame Evelyn Glennie,
Only Men Aloud!, Elizabeth Roberts, Alex Trimble)
12 Isles of Wonder: Music for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Only Men Aloud". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Only Men Aloud! are the Last Choir Standing". BBC. 30 August 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2009. 
  3. ^ BBC News
  4. ^ "Royal Variety Performance 2008: all-star line-up unveiled for 80th anniversary show on BBC One". BBC Press Office. BBC. 17 November 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2009. 
  5. ^ http://www.classicalbrits.co.uk/artist/only-men-aloud%7C Only Men Aloud BRITs Profile, accessed 14 May 2010
  6. ^ S4C - Only Men Aloud
  7. ^ Only Boys Aloud
  8. ^ "Arctic Monkeys' Olympic cover of The Beatles' 'Come Together' climbs download charts". NME. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  9. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-22917919
  10. ^ Wales On Line
  11. ^ http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/music/only-men-aloud-unveil-new-6086758
  12. ^ Peak positions in the United Kingdom:
  13. ^ Peak positions for the featured singles in the UK:

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