Trinity Laban music student has the X Factor

First year Trinity Laban piano student Karl Westwood has got it all going on at the moment. Karl and his fellow singers in the all-male group Only Boys Aloud released their debut album this Monday 3 December - and celebrated with a live performance on BBC Breakfast.

The Welsh singing sensations will then go on to make their X Factor debut on Sunday 9 December, on the programme's results show, performing "White Christmas" from the new album.

Only Boys Aloud is the 141-strong choir from the Welsh Valleys which achieved huge success on ITV1's hit show Britain's Got Talent, coming third in the final in 2012. Their debut album sees the choir marry traditional Welsh songs with an impressive selection of choral versions of more contemporary tracks, including stirring takes on Coldplay's track "Paradise" and Take That's "Never Forget".

Only Boys Aloud also embraces choral singing as a means for the young men to broaden their horizons and grow in ability and self-confidence.

18 year old Karl, a member of Treorchy Only Boys Aloud, said:

"Only Boys Aloud was only set up two years ago, but it has gone from strength to strength. The past few weeks have been absolutely manic, promoting our album and making many appearances on television, radio and live gigs. We've got a lot ahead of us with the album coming out next Monday and more appearances such as X-Factor and various Christmas TV specials.

"Luckily enough, I've been able to keep on top of my studies at Trinity Laban during this busy time. I've received lots of support from staff and students which has helped a lot! It's been a very busy time, and it will continue until around April next year, when we start a UK tour. The future of OBA is very exciting!"

You can pre-order the album here.

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