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I can't believe we're tipped for Xmas No.1; COMPOSERS' JOY AS CHOIR RACE X-FACTOR TO TOP.

Byline: ANDREW STUART

ROYAL wedding composer Paul Mealor has spoken of his joy at a piece of his choral music being tipped for the Christmas number 1. Wherever You Are, written for the Military Wives choir, has even been backed by Prime Minister David Cameron to get the festive top spot.

Dr Paul Mealor, who grew op in North Wales and has a house on Anglesey, is a professor in composition at Aberdeen University.

He said: "Last year I never would have believed choral music could be a contender for the Christmas number one."

Dr Mealor started his career with the Deeside and Northop brass bands, and thinks this is a great time for the genre to go mainstream.

It's even sparked BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans to appeal for children to send their own version in. He said: "There's nothing quite like it. The public have been amazing." The composer, who wrote music for the royal wedding, said it's starting to get people interested in a traditionally Welsh type of music.

All the money from the single will be split between the Royal British Legion and Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association.

The wives performed for returning service personnel at Downing street this week. He said: "The troops had tears in their eyes."

Mealor said it's something that the public can relate to as a whole. He said: "It's about being away from the person you love."

The choir will feature live on Strictly Come Dancing this Sunday.

. ? The single is released on December 19. Buy tomorrow's Daily Post to find out how you can win a copy.

welshnews@dailypost.co.uk

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