07. July 2010 · 2 comments · Categories: TV

“The Choir” was made in England, where it is an award-winning hit TV series. But it premieres this week in the U.S. on BBC America, and not only is it the finest new TV show of the summer, it speaks directly to the situation of music programs in school systems like Baltimore’s. If you are a music-lover, teacher or parent, this is a production not to be missed.

The reality TV series stars Gareth Malone, a boyish-looking 30-year-old choirmaster with the London Symphony Orchestra who goes into schools without singing programs and starts choral groups from scratch. His goal is to demonstrate the power of music to bring disparate and often alienated students together and transform their lives through the act of singing together.


I didn’t even KNOW there was a BBC America until now … guess I need to check things on our AT&T Uverse schedule more carefully! Channel 188, for any who have Uverse in my location. Who knows if I’ll actually like the show or not, but it’s worth a watch. The first episode is tonight (10:00 in my neck ‘o the woods).


  1. Thank you! Although I knew that I got BBC America, I had not heard of this program. I just set my DVR to record it.

  2. Glad you saw this then, Mike! 🙂