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WALES: Choir is pipped to award by Sir Paul.

Byline: By ANITA SINGH

NORTH Wales' Fron Choir was beaten at the Classical Brit Awards last night by a former Beatle.

Sir Paul McCartney won Album of the Year with a recording inspired by his love for late wife Linda.

Sir Paul's album, Ecce Cor Meum, was a decade in the making and he has described it as "a labour of love".

He triumphed over the likes of Katherine Jenkins, Bryn Terfel and fellow pop star Sting.

Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir sang on stage at a star-studded Royal Albert Hall concert.

Their CD Voices from the Valley was one of 10 Album of the Year nominations.

It is already the fastest-ever selling classical album and has brought them worldwide fame and a possible movie deal.

Wales" top soprano Katherine Jenkins, one of last year's winners for her second album Second Nature, was again nominated for album of the year with Serenade.

She sang on stage with the choir.

North Wales opera star Bryn Terfel was also nominated in the same category for his album Tutto.

Formed in 1947, the year the Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod was launched, the Fron choir is billed as "the UK's oldest boy band" with an average age of 66.

The choir signed a record deal in 2006 with Universal Classics.

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Katherine Jenkins makes a typically stylish entrance to the Classical Brit Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in central London last night
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Date:May 4, 2007
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