The Fron Male Voice Choir celebrate their 70th Anniversary this year, and their history goes hand in hand with that of the Llangollen Eisteddfod. In 1946 the young men of Froncysyllte returning from the war wanted to participate in the International Eisteddfod, and in 1947 the Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir was formed to do just that. They needed a choir of 60 voices and members of the village youth club were persuaded to join. Two of those youth club members are still singing with the Fron today.
The choir have competed in the Male Voice Choir competition at Llangollen more than any other Welsh male voice choir and in 1977 became the first Welsh Choir to win the Male Voice competition. In 1987 they again won at the Eisteddfod and became the first Welsh choir to compete in the Llangollen Choir of the World. They again won first prize at Llangollen in 1994. In 1971 the Fron donated the first International Trophy for Male Voice Choirs in memory of their first Musical Director Lloyd Edwards, and they have continued to donate this trophy each year.
Following a performance at a wedding in 2005 witnessed by Daniel Glatman, manager of boy band Blue, the choir secured a recording deal with Universal Classic and Jazz, the world’s biggest record label, which led to their Voices of the Valley CD releases of five albums that all sold over one million copies in over 80 countries and two UK national tours.
After a hectic 5 years the choir are still entertaining audiences length and breadth of Britain. They are delighted to have recruited 23 new members in 2016, showing that singing in a Male Voice Choir still has appeal to the men of Wales.