The Choir - Boys Don't Sing

Featuring the highs and lows of the ever patient choirmaster Gareth Malone, the series follows Gareth as he tackles, in his usual head-on way, the task of teaching choral singing in Lancaster School - a large boy’s only state school in Leicester.

Gareth has dreams of leading a 100 strong all boys choir out on the stage at the Royal Albert Hall. The problem is, at Lancaster, singing in assembly was abandoned in the 1970’s, and most of the boys who attend think singing is definitely best left ‘for the girls’.

In episode one Gareth sets about changing attitudes at the school before launching his choir. His first challenge is to put singing back into assembly, but it doesnt happen without a struggle. There is open hostility to his project from some boys and when he takes his singing crusade into the classroom the reception his mixed. But he does unearth some real talent. 14 year old Imran Siddiq has the voice of an angel but bags of attitude to match. Can Gareth keep his spirited protégé on track? Finally, it’s the moment of truth; choir sign up. Has Gareth done enough to persuade the school that boys do sing?

Press Reviews

"The Choir is sensational television because Gareth Malone is moulding young minds, forming young characters, before your very eyes."
Sarah Sands, The Independent on Sunday
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