The Choir (1995)

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This mini-series, based on Joanna Trollope's novel, explores the internal politics and scandals of a British cathedral choir school. It features the singing voice of first-time actor and ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
 Alexander Troy (5 episodes, 1995)
 Hugh Cavendish (5 episodes, 1995)
Richenda Carey ...
 Bridget Cavendish (5 episodes, 1995)
 Bishop Robert Young (5 episodes, 1995)
 Leo Beckford / ... (5 episodes, 1995)
Cathryn Harrison ...
 Sally Ashworth (5 episodes, 1995)
Anthony Way ...
 Henry Ashworth (5 episodes, 1995)
 Frank Ashworth (5 episodes, 1995)
Bill Britten ...
 Martin Chancellor (5 episodes, 1995)
Claire Cox ...
 Ianthe Cavendish (5 episodes, 1995)
Christopher Good ...
 Canon Tom Oddams (5 episodes, 1995)
James Hopkins ...
 Chilworth (5 episodes, 1995)
Edward Hughes ...
 Wooldridge (5 episodes, 1995)
Nicola King ...
 Sandra Miles (5 episodes, 1995)
 Nicholas Elliott (5 episodes, 1995)
Michael Fitzgerald ...
 Canon Neil Patterson (4 episodes, 1995)
Robert Flemyng ...
 John Godwin (4 episodes, 1995)
Daniel Flynn ...
 Roger Farrell (4 episodes, 1995)
 Felicity Troy (3 episodes, 1995)
Su Elliot ...
 Cherry Chancellor (3 episodes, 1995)
 Janet Young (3 episodes, 1995)
 Jim Woodcote (3 episodes, 1995)
Pamela Cundell ...
 Mrs. Monk (2 episodes, 1995)
 Mike (2 episodes, 1995)
Mark Drewry ...
 Peter Radcliffe (2 episodes, 1995)
 Tracy Butler (2 episodes, 1995)
Richard Keen ...
 Cosmo Cavendish (2 episodes, 1995)
Paul Nicholson ...
 Ron (2 episodes, 1995)
Rob Spendlove ...
 Dennis Thornton (2 episodes, 1995)
Carole Walker ...
 Mayoress (2 episodes, 1995)


This mini-series, based on Joanna Trollope's novel, explores the internal politics and scandals of a British cathedral choir school. It features the singing voice of first-time actor and boy treble soloist Anthony Way, a real-life student at the St. Paul's Cathedral Choral School in London. Written by <>

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But what about the music?
29 September 2008 | by (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

"The Choir" is a lovely mini-series (5 episodes) about the survival of a cathedral' school choir, with a top-notch cast that makes it all too believable how local politics in church and council alike can be poisonous to the extreme. James Fox, David Warner, Cathryn Harrison, John Standing, and Anthony Way (in real life a famous boy treble in his days) and a host of others deliver the goods and it's certainly fun to watch..

It is a solid-made series but with a dangerous high level of soap (especially the last episode). I could forgive this all were it not for the music. Or rather, lack of it.

It is a bitter irony that Gloucester Cathedral provided the magnificent backbone of the series, and when the choir sings you remember that England has indeed a very rich and very long choir tradition. But the overall background music of the series - in which music does play an important role! - is a general let-down. The composer, Stanislas Syrewicz, does know his stuff, but here we're invited to join the worst of pompous Victoriana 19th century music sounding a bit like Vaughan Williams on a very bad day, topped with a 'Panis Angelicum' which was sung by an angel, sure, but the bread was stale and it all sounded like an over the top orchestration by Stokowski.

For a mini-series involved in so much music that's a real let-down.

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