Belfast Telegraph

Classical chart success for wives

The Military Wives Choir has got the thumbs up from classical music fans after their track, Wherever You Are, was included in this year's Classic FM Hall of Fame.

The song, which was written by Paul Mealor and was Christmas number one last year, was voted the fifth most popular track by the station's listeners.

Mealor, who was also chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to write a piece of music for their wedding, was also voted the nation's favourite living composer.

Classic FM managing director Darren Henley said: "Classical music lovers have taken Paul Mealor to their hearts after his enormous success with The Military Wives Choir and at the Royal Wedding. It's exciting to see contemporary classical music resounding so strongly with our listeners."

The poll of more than 150,000 listeners voted Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 their favourite piece of music.

It is the second year running that the track, which famously features in David Lean's classic weepy Brief Encounter, takes top spot.

Videogame soundtracks also feature this year with Japanese composer Nobuo Uematsu's soundtrack to Final Fantasy VII coming in at number 16.

It is the first time a soundtrack to a game has featured in the chart.

The chart was counted down on the station over the Easter Weekend and the full top 300 will be published online at www.classicfm.com from 9pm on Monday.

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