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Thanks so much for that, Spike! I've added my twopenneth and bought it, of course!
What Gareth has done is truly remarkable, I am an army wife and our unit have decided we should try and carry this forward and create a choir, we've had lots of interest, and got a location to practice, just trying to find a choir master. We think its really important to keep up the hard work and great idea that Gareth had.
Fingers crossed for a Christmas No1. :beer:
If not then try your local Church quoirmasters! Just don't give up.
Best wishes to you all,
Series Episodes Originally aired Notes The Choir 3 4-18 December 2006 First series - Gareth Malone forms a new choir at Northolt High School The Choir: Revisited 1 25 January 2008 Malone revisits the students of the first series to see how their lives have changed The Choir: Boys Don't Sing 4 1-22 February 2008 Malone forms a choir at an all-boys school to challenge the idea that "boys don't sing" The Choir: Unsung Town 4 1-22 September 2009 Set in South Oxhey, where Malone creates a community choir for the town The Choir: Boys Don't Sing: Revisited 1 29 September 2009 Malone catches up with the boys from the second series to see if he has made a lasting impact The Choir does Sports Relief NA 19 March 2010 Malone trains Olympic and Paralympic Athletes to sing in aid of Sport Relief 2010. The Choir does Comic Relief NA 18 March 2011 Malone forms a choir of celebrity chefs in aid of Comic Relief 2011. The Choir: Military Wives 3 7 November 2011 Malone trains a group of wives and girlfriends of military personnel. The Choir does Children in Need NA 18 November 2011 Malone directs a choir of over 2000 children across the UK via video link in aid of Comic Relief 2011 URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Choir_%28TV_series%29&action=edit§ion=2"]edit[/URL The Choir
The original series of The Choir, aired in three episodes in 2006, followed Gareth Malone’s attempts to start a choir from scratch in Northolt High School, a comprehensive school in Middlesex that has never previously had a school choir. In the programme he auditions 160 pupils for his 30-strong choir. After only nine months' training, take them to China to compete in the 2006 World Choir Games. This observational documentary series focuses on the emotional journey of the choir members as they overcome their initial reluctance and try to meet Malone's challenge of performing competitively.
URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Choir_%28TV_series%29&action=edit§ion=3"]edit[/URL The Choir: Revisited
This one-off documentary was filmed as a follow-up to the first series of The Choir and features a return visit to the pupils of Northolt as Malone finds out how the young singers' live have changed in the two years since the first programme.
The Choir was awarded a BAFTA at the British Academy Television Awards 2007 for Best Feature.
URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Choir_%28TV_series%29&action=edit§ion=5"]edit[/URL The Choir: Boys Don't Sing
In the second series, originally aired in 2008, Malone takes his choral mission to the Lancaster School, an all-boys' school in Leicester which, like the school in the first series, has no previous singing tradition. The single-sex education setting focuses the programme on issues of gender as Malone tackles the perception that "boys don’t sing".
Malone joins the teaching staff and has to work to gain the trust of fellow teachers. His ambition is to form a 100-strong, all-boys choir performing out on the stage alongside the best school choirs in the country as part of the Schools Prom concert at the Royal Albert Hall. As he tries to drive through his ambitious plans, he also has to spend time in classroom teaching, deal with the daily bureaucracy of being a teacher, and coping with staff politics.
URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Choir_%28TV_series%29&action=edit§ion=6"]edit[/URL The Choir: Boys Don't Sing – Revisited
This is a one-off documentary follow-up to the second series, in which Gareth Malone returns to the Lancaster School to catch up with the former choir members and find out if he has made a lasting impact on their lives.
The Choir: Boys Don't Sing won several awards in 2009, including a BAFTA at the British Academy Television Awards 2009 for Best Feature of 2008, the 2009 Broadcast Award of Best Popular Factual Programme, the Royal Television Society 2009 for best Constructed Factual Series, and Best Programme Series in the 2009 VLV Awards
URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Choir_%28TV_series%29&action=edit§ion=8"]edit[/URL The Choir: Unsung Town
The third series of The Choir, broadcast in September 2009, focuses on a town rather than an education setting. Gareth Malone takes his choral challenge to the community of South Oxhey, Watford, a housing estate area where working class culture is strong and there is no tradition of choral singing. Malone's challenge is to break through preconceptions about choirs and motivate local people to sing together, and he succeeds in creating a community choir and staging a choral festival at South Oxhey playing fields.
The legacy of the programme was the creation of the South Oxhey Community Choir and the South Oxhey Youth Choir. During the filming of The Choir, the choirs performed at venues including the Watford Colosseum in December 2008, St Albans Abbey in February 2009, and headlining at Sox Fest '09 in May 2009. In April 2009, the Community Choir made their debut recording at Abbey Road Studios
Gareth Malone continued as choirmaster for two years following the conclusion of the TV recording and now maintains his support as patron. The choir continues to perform regularly with their current musical director, Simon Wookey.
The Choir: Unsung Town was the winner of the Best Factual Programme of 2009 category at the 2010 Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, and was nominated for a BAFTA as best Television Feature of 2009 for the British Academy Television Awards 2010.
URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Choir_%28TV_series%29&action=edit§ion=10"]edit[/URL The Choir does Sport Relief
Aired on 19 March 2010 as part of Sport Relief 2010; Gareth Malone gathered and trained Olympic and Paralympic athletes to form The Sport Relief Choir.
URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Choir_%28TV_series%29&action=edit§ion=11"]edit[/URL The Choir does Comic Relief
Gareth Malone took part in the BBC's charity fundraising show Comic Relief 2011, which was aired on March 18th, 2011. He formed a choir of celebrity chefs (including Ainsley Harriott, Antony Worrall Thompson, Nancy Lam, Rosemary Shrager, Gary Rhodes, Rusty Lee and others) and trained them to sing a choral arrangement of Rick Astley's 1987 song "Never Gonna Give You Up". During rehearsals, Astley appeared in person. The song was performed live on television as part of the fundraiser show.
URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Choir_%28TV_series%29&action=edit§ion=12"]edit[/URL The Choir: Military Wives
The fourth series, The Choir: Military Wives, began airing on Monday, November 7, 2011 and followed the three-episode format of the previous series. The situation is different from previous series; the setting is on two British Army bases in Devon (Chivenor Barracks and Royal Citadel, Plymouth), and Malone seeks to enlist voices for an all-women choir - the wives and girlfriends of military personnel deployed to Afghanistan. The programme explores the vulnerability of the women while their partners are away on active service, and Malone's aim is to strengthen their morale and raise their profile in the public perception. The culmination of the programme is a performance by the Military Wives Choir in The Royal British Legion's Remembrance parade at the Royal Albert Hall on 12 November 2011.
As a spin-off of the Military Wives series, the Military Wives Choir recorded a CD single of the song Wherever You Are specially composed for the programme by Paul Mealor. The song is a favorite for the annual Christmas number-one single contest, currently outselling the release by The X Factor winners Little Mix (X Factor winners have traditionally won the contest most years since 2005). 
The DVD of the series will be released in February 2012 by Acorn Media UK
URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Choir_%28TV_series%29&action=edit§ion=13"]edit[/URL The Choir does Children in Need
Aired on 18 November 2011 as part of Children in Need 2011. Over 2000 children performed via video link-up from across the UK for the Children in Need 2011 appeal night singing Avril Lavigne's "Keep Holding On".
Can you tell i'm a Gareth Malone fan ? :rotfl:
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They have come so far.
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