Only Men Aloud was formed in 2000, with the aim of injecting new blood into the Welsh choir tradition. September 2013 saw a complete reinvention of the group as the choir became a honed and toned vocal ensemble.
The men bring both a new sound and a more varied and eclectic repertoire to the mix, from Welsh folksongs and hymns to music theatre and opera, barbershop and swing to pop.
Following their shake-up, the Classical Brit Award winners who came to prominence as BBC One’s Last Choir Standing have embarked on many extensive tours, all around the world. They now have worldwide record sales of over 300,000.
Over the years, the hugely popular group has built up a strong fan base across the country and were honoured to be asked to sing in the London 2012 Opening Ceremony at the very moment the Olympic Flame was lit.
OMA have given many memorable performances, with numerous appearances at outdoor festivals and proms. In 2014, they undertook a highly successful tour of the USA including performances at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival and the North American Festival of Wales in Minneapolis.
2015 was a very busy and successful year for OMA. During the Spring and Summer, they undertook a UK wide tour which saw them perform over 30 dates in various towns and cities, right across the country. During the Summer, Only Men Aloud were back in the studio, to make their 5th album; Only Men Aloud On The Road. They made the album with Pledge Music, which enabled fans to be involved in the making of the album and to purchase exclusive items experiences. In December, they headed back out on to the road for their sixth UK Christmas Tour, which has become a much-anticipated part of people’s festive schedule.