A FLINTSHIRE choir will hope to inspire the Wales rugby team to victory when they serenade the Principality Stadium crowd before the forthcoming Six Nations clash with England.

Flint Male Voice Choir have been chosen out of 40 other Welsh choirs to travel to Cardiff where they will sing Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau directly before kick off in front of around 70,000 fervent rugby fans on February 23 at 4.45pm.

“The conductor who picks which choirs to sing came to us and asked us if we wanted the France game or the England game,” said concert secretary Gwyn Lloyd Hughes. “We wanted the England game and so us and another choir from South Wales will sing for around 30 minutes before the game before performing both of the national anthems with the Royal Welsh Band.”

Founded in 1975 in Flint, the choir sings a wide variety of music stretching from the 16th century to the 21st, along with traditional Welsh hymns and folk songs and modern pop and quality contemporary compositions in many languages.

“We’ve been rehearsing both Delilah and the Green, Green Grass of Home as well as Calon Lan, Cwm Rhondda and Men of Harlech,” said Mr Hughes, who said around 40 choristers will be travelling down to Cardiff for the match.

“We’ll be doing whatever it takes to get the audience going and it will be fantastic to sing in front of so many people.”

The choir have performed before at the Stade de France before France v Wales games but this is the first opportunity they’ve had to sing in front of a home crowd.

“It’s really something to put on the CV isn’t it?” laughed Mr Hughes. “It’s also a great thing for Flint and I’m so happy that our little town will get a mention on the TV. As for the result, if we win I don’t think we’ll even manage to get home!”