The Fron Choir, or to give its full title, Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir or Côr Meibion Froncysyllte, is an amateur Welsh Male Voice Choir from the village of Froncysyllte, near Llangollen, Denbighshire, North Wales. The village overlooks the amazing Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, designed by Thomas Telford in the 18th Century and now a World Heritage Site.
Founded in 1947 to compete in the Llangollen International Eisteddfod, set up in that year to promote world peace and harmony, the Choir has an illustrious history in competition that continues to this day, with three first prizes at the Cornwall International Male Choral Festival 2017 and, in 2018, took their fourth win in the Best Male Voice Choir in the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.
The Fron has made many recordings including the Voices of Valley series of five albums, topping the classical charts, achieving Gold and Platinum Disc status and worldwide sales of over 2 million for the series to date and with our new album, Voices of the Valley - Echoes, due out this year.
When restrictions are lifted and we are able to sing together once more, visitors are always given a warm welcome to our rehearsals which are held each Monday and Thursday evening. If you wish to visit us please follow this link for further details.
During this very worrying time, we fervently hope that everyone stays safe and healthy. By now we will all know someone who is suffering from the virus, including members of our beloved Fron Choir. We keep them uppermost in our thoughts and hearts and wish them a strong and speedy recovery.
We are very sad to announce that our concerts for the coming months have had to be either postponed or cancelled and we have ceased rehearsals until further notice.
However, we have put together a series of At Home With The Fron weekly mini-concert videos which are made up from concert performances, competitions and broadcasts over the years.
We hope you are enjoying these. We are taking a 'summer break' - a couple of weeks holiday - before our next virtual concert but you can catch up with the first half of the season by visiting our YouTube channel - and don't forget to Like & Subscribe to receive notifications of upcoming online events, especially when we launch number 12 in the series.
You can also find our Virtual Fron performance of one of our favourite pieces, 'Gwahoddiad' on our YouTube channel so please do join us and, if you enjoy, share with your friends and family so we can all spend time . . .
At home With . . . The Virtual Fron
Our wonderful MD, Leigh, and particularly Jason, our accompanist, worked long and hard to bring us this wonderful rendition into the virtual world so please enjoy and join us for another Virtual Fron in the future - Just LIKE, SUBSCRIBE and click the little bell on YouTube to be notified of future postings.
The Fron Choir and its Music Team are one family and we will very much miss our bi-weekly get-togethers and hope that you, like us, are very much part of a support programme to see us through these troubled times. Look after each other.
We are all extremely grateful for your support, especially during such troubling times.. Be safe and healthy, and STAY HOME unless entirely necessary.
Please pop along to our Merchandise page to see our new Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir pens - the ideal present for those who cannot spell Froncysyllte - and our new Fron Cufflinks, a wonderful gift for every smart gent!
Please also look out for . . .
During August 2019 we spent a lot of time in The Forge Recording Studio, Oswestry, where we recorded all the previous Voices of the Valley albums, and now await the release of our next album, ‘VOICES OF THE VALLEY - ECHOES’ in 2020.
The production team, producer Jon Cohen, engineer Al Unsworth and studio owner Phil Beaumont, along with our wonderful music team, Leigh, Jason and Owen worked tirelessly with the boys of the choir over long days and nights to complete the recording of the vocal lines. Jon has now completed the task of scoring, recording the backing tracks and the mastering of the album so we will be ready to announce a launch date once this current crisis is over – please keep your eyes peeled for social media updates and also make sure you follow the link below to sign up to our monthly newsletter for updates.