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The Choir

In the show's emotional fourth season, charismatic choirmaster Gareth Malone works with the wives of British armed servicemen who have been deployed to Afghanistan. He discovers that many military wives feel overlooked and desperately want to express themselves. Can Malone unite the women through the power of song and prepare them for the battalion's big homecoming celebration?

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  • Sing While You Work (Episode 6)
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    June 2, 2013

    After last show's semi-final performances in front of the judges, it is time for the final three to battle it out. They face their biggest challenge yet as they perform in front of an audience of thousands at one of the world's most prestigious choral music festivals - the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen. In the audience will be the three expert judges who will decide which choir will win the overall contest and be crowned Gareth's Best Workplace Choir.

  • Sing While You Work (Episode 5)
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    May 26, 2013

    With all of his workplace choirs set up, the contest to find Gareth Malone's best workplace choir begins in earnest as all four choirs compete against each other for the first time. Each choir is given a new song and Gareth piles on the pressure by announcing that they must create a distinctive performance routine if they want to stand out. Each choir has less than four weeks to prepare before they perform in front of the three expert judges at Bristol's prestigious Colston Hall. Only three choirs will make it through to the final, one choir will leave but which will it be: Lewisham NHS Trust, The Royal Mail, Manchester Airport or Severn Trent Water?

  • Sing While You Work (Episode 4)
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    May 19, 2013

    Choirmaster Gareth Malone continues his mission to get some of Britain's busiest workplaces singing. This time he travels to the Midlands to set up the final choir in one of the country's largest water companies, Severn Trent Water. Once formed, the choir will sing against three other workplace choirs as they compete for the chance to be crowned Gareth's Best Workplace Choir. With over 5,000 call centre staff and over 500 workmen, dealing with everything from raw sewage to finding leaks, finding 30 people to make up the choir appears easy. But as staff are struggling to juggle family commitments and busy work schedules, things aren't plain sailing and Gareth begins to feel the pressure

  • Sing While You Work (Episode 3)
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    May 12, 2013

    Choirmaster Gareth Malone has already set up two of the four workplace choirs that will compete in his singing contest, at Lewisham Hospital in London and at the Royal Mail in Bristol. This time he travels to Manchester to create his third choir amongst baggage handlers, security staff, air traffic control and the fire crew of Manchester Airport. With the staff more used to singing karaoke than choral music, things get off to a bumpy start but, as Gareth begins his search for a soloist, he discovers hidden talent in unexpected places and the choir is soon ready for take-off

  • Sing While You Work (Episode 2)
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    May 5, 2013

    In his mission to get some of the country's busiest workplaces singing, Gareth Malone heads west to the Royal Mail in Bristol. He wants to create the second of four choirs that will compete in the contest to find his best workplace choir. As he searches for hidden talent amongst the managers and posties from across the region, the initial reaction from staff is quite mixed. But as the choir begin to bond through rehearsals, Gareth discovers an enormous sense of pride in the workforce and the song he chooses for the choir to sing hits the right note.

  • Sing While You Work (Episode 1)
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    April 28, 2013

    Following the success of The Choir: Military Wives, Gareth Malone is back and this time he wants to get staff in some of Britain's busiest workplaces singing while they work. Travelling across the country, he sets out to create four unique choirs in four very different organisations, which will then sing head-to-head in a contest to find his best workplace choir. Gareth is at Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust to set up the first of his four choirs from the doctors, nurses and porters at one of London's busiest hospitals. But as the staff come together, the song Gareth chooses for them to sing proves challenging in a way that he wasn't expecting.

  • Episode 3
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    April 8, 2012

    Four months after their husbands' departure, the wives are finding it increasingly difficult to cope. Gareth sets them the biggest challenge of their lives: to perform at the Royal Albert Hall on Remembrance Sunday in just a few weeks' time. The women contribute letters and lyrics to a song that is specially composed for them by the Duchess of Cambridge's favourite composer Paul Mealor. After a six-month wait, and agonising reports of multiple injuries and fatalities on the frontline, the choir-members' husbands finally return, to joyous reunions. Now Gareth has to make sure his choir members give it their all, for the once-in-a-lifetime Royal Albert Hall performance

  • Episode 2
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    April 8, 2012

    Choirmaster Gareth Malone has formed a new choir of military wives at RMB Chivenor in north Devon while their husbands deploy to Afghanistan for a six-month tour of duty. The choir's first public performance was a triumph, singing to the local community of Barnstaple, and now Gareth wants his choir to spread and help wives on other bases across the country. He heads to nearby Plymouth, whose troops are suffering fatalities out in Afghanistan. Though Gareth is concerned whether singing in a choir can really help at such a sensitive time, he's overwhelmed by eager new recruits and organises a joint performance for his choirs to sing on Armed Forces Day on the Plymouth seafront. Gareth must manage emotions that ride high as the two choirs struggle to combine, and then he has to persuade them they are good enough to spread their message further and sing together at Sandhurst Officer Training Academy to get the seal of approval from the military establishment's top brass

  • Episode 1
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    April 8, 2012

    Choirmaster Gareth Malone believes singing can help people through the most difficult times of their lives. Armed with his keyboard, Gareth has been invited to RMB Chivenor military base in north Devon, where the troops are about to deploy for a six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan. While the troops are away, Gareth hopes to start a choir with the wives and girlfriends left behind to help them through the worrying time. Gareth soon discovers that living on an isolated estate on the edge of the military base has left the wives longing to have a voice to express the difficulty of their lives. But can he inspire his fledgling choir to have the confidence to sing in public?

  • The Choir - Episode 4
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    October 25, 2009

    Choirmaster Gareth Malone goes to a town called South Oxhey in Hertfordshire, which has no tradition of singing, and little cultural activity. Gareth makes it his mission to make South Oxhey a centre of true choral excellence. This time, Gareth has a new set of challenges and has to convince adults with longer-held and deeper prejudices about choirs that they should be singing alongside him. Gareth takes his choirs through an extraordinary set of challenges and a fascinating set of local characters emerges to become deeply engaged in his choral project. His final challenge is to put on a major performance in South Oxhey itself, and invite the whole town to the party.