Singing: Wherever You Are.
With millions on strike, much of Europe on the verge of financial collapse and Britain plummeting into a second recession, the outlook seems pretty grim. All the more reason, then, to celebrate one man.
The utterly inspirational Gareth Malone, who is single-handedly transforming entire communities all over Britain by the simple means of teaching them to sing and believe in them-selves.
His latest B.B.C. TV series of The Choir was, without doubt, the best thing on television this year.
He took a group of vulnerable, anxious Army wives, whose husbands were fighting in Afghanistan, and turned them into a choir whose heartbreakingly beautiful performance at the Royal Albert Hall in front of the Queen for the Festival of Remembrance is simply impossible to watch without weeping.
Pictures from the BBC
Choirmaster Gareth Malone
On paper, Gareth’s everything a TV star should not be: middle-class, floppy-haired and a bit of a young fogey. He went to a boys’ grammar school, his father works in a bank and he loves classical music. Yet to encounter him is to love him, because in an age obsessed with self-esteem but no idea of how to achieve it, he inspires people to believe that they are capable of more than they ever dreamed.
The first video is the choir making a record for christmas for charity, with pictures of their husbands on duty in Afghanistan.
The second video is the choir singing in the Royal Albert Hall at the Festival of Remembrance in front of the Queen and millions on television live.
The record became Britain’s number one at Christmas for sales and all the money with be given to an Army Charity.