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Let's rock! Singers shun the classics.

A CLASSICALLY-TRAINED singing trio are turning to a new career - as a group of rock chicks.

Elysium III have signed a major record deal after an about-turn which has seen them turn their voices to rock classics.

The singers were disgruntled after a previous album was deemed to be too much of a cross-over release to qualify for the classical charts.

But on the point of quitting, the trio - Ceri Ann Gregory, Annalise Whittlesea and Amelia Whiteman - had an "eureka" moment as they returned from a gig.

After hearing Rainbow's hit Since You've Been Gone on the car radio, they decided to try their hand at giving a new twist to rock songs.

They caught the ear of record company Universal Music with their demo version of Bad Company song Feel Like Making Love.

Ms Gregory, from Cilybebyll in Pontardawe, said: "We've spent much of our career worrying about fitting into the classical world and trying to prove our classical credentials, but forgot that we do this because we love singing.

"These rock songs feel very comfortable for our voices, and we no longer have to get bogged down with what other people want. This is fun, not classical - what we call Glee for grown-ups."

Their album Rock Diva is due to be released on March 21 and features tracks such as More Than A Feeling, Owner Of A Lonely Heart and Hold The Line.

They previously released self-funded album Beloved Symphony, but it did not meet the strict rules on what could be considered for the classical charts.

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Elysium III, from left, Annalise Whittlesea, Ceri Ann Gregory, and Amelia Whiteman
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 2, 2011
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