The Choir

My TV is so old that it doesn’t even have a remote control. To change channels or adjust the volume, I actually have to get off of the couch.

I also only have rabbit ears so I don’t get very many stations. I get channel 10, 69, 71, 91, 107, and 125. Most of the time, I watch either channel 10 or 91.

When I got home Sunday night, I turned on the TV. The last thing I had watched was on TVO on channel 69. I don’t normally watch TV on Sunday nights but I really needed to sit down and relax after a long and busy weekend.

I was about to flip the channel because I figured that there couldn’t be anything worth watching on TVO at this time of night. Boy was I wrong.

I found this amazing show called “The Choir.” It was completely captivating. It was about a choirmaster and his attempt to start a choir at an all-boys high school. Gareth Malone had his work cut out for him as the school didn’t have a formal music program at the time. Athletics were all the rage at this school and singing was something that was actually looked down upon by most of the boys.

Boys don’t sing. Singing isn’t cool. These were just a few of the false beliefs Malone had to conquer. But he did it.

He showed the kids at this school that singing can be cool and built an amazing choir.

“The Choir” airs on BBC 2 and can be seen here in Ontario Sunday nights on TVO. It is a reality television series that is inspiring and shows how important the arts are in schools. (link – http://chasemarch.blogspot.com/2008/12/arts-academics-athletics.html)

Please check it out if you get the chance. I found these clips on YouTube to share with you. Enjoy!

The first clip features the choir Sense of Sound. The boys in the school get really inspired after seeing them. It’s a great clip.

This next clip is the final song and performance of Stand By Me / Beautiful Girl.

What a show. I know I will definitely be tuning in next week. Too bad I don’t have a VCR. It is worth taping, that’s for sure.

2 Comments on The Choir

  1. Sounds like an awesome show. I don’t think people realize how great it is to be in a choir except for the people who have been in one. It really helps bind people together, everyone working towards the same goal. I’ve been in my school choir since fourth grade and I think my life would be pretty lame without it.

  2. Hi Alexis,

    I agree. Singing is empowering. It is also beautiful to see a choir perform.

    This is an excellent show that I think should be on regular network television. More people need to see it.

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