A heated competition among Midsomer church choirs is interrupted by the bludgeon murder of the Midsomer Worthy's tenor, a local artist.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Drury ...
Connor Simpson
Laurence Barker
Ellen Barker
Carolyn Armitage
Giles Armitage
Stephen Latimer
Leo Clarke
Michael Fitzgerald ...
Francis Crawford
Sam Judd
Alwyne Taylor ...
Kath Bullard


DCI Barnaby and DC Jones investigate the murder of Connor Simpson, a member of the Midsomer Worthy choir that had been rehearsing for an upcoming competition. The man was found in his home, bludgeoned to death with a poker. Simpson had received an apparently threatening note with a pig's heart enclosed. Soon after all members of the choir, Joyce Barnaby included, receive a note saying they're next. When local birdwatcher and photographer Sam Judd is also found dead - the victim of a 12 gauge shotgun - Barnaby is convinced that the two death are somehow linked. When they learn of Simpson's criminal convictions - and the reasons he went to jail - they are set on the path to solving the mystery. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






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3 September 2006 (UK)  »

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This is the 50th episode of the show. Much is made of that milestone on the DVD production notes, though the cast didn't appear to be aware during filming. See more »


[first lines]
Connor Simpson: [answering his mobile] Hello.
Connor Simpson: Where are you? I've been waiting.
Connor Simpson: Wh-why not sa-say...
Connor Simpson: OK. OK, all right. Call me later when you get the chance.
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That Jones has a great voice!
21 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The competition for the big chorus award is stiff, but would someone murder for it?

That's the big question Barnaby and Jones have to solve in "Death in Chorus," from season 9.

Connor Simpson, a choir member in Midsomer Worthy, passes out during a rehearsal and goes home. He leaves his phone. When someone goes to his house to return it, they find him dead from being beaten with a poker. There is a threatening note in his house with a pig's heart.

Soon all the choir members, including Joyce Barnaby, receive notes saying "You're next"

Then a birdwatcher, Sam Judd, is found dead from a shotgun injury.

The deaths are linked, but how?

There is a lot going on here. At the forefront is this nasty competition, which Midsomer Worthy has never won. Laurence Barker is pushing the choir hard, desperate to beat his nemesis, Francis Crawford, whom he feels took a job from him by nefarious means. Barker has problems in his home life, which don't help his mood.

A roll of film and something found in Connor's house both help Barnaby to figure out this murder.

Good episode, with Jones joining the choir after it's learned he has a beautiful tenor voice. And the music is lovely.

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