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1 Sep. 2009
Episode #1.1
After the television airing of The Choir: Boys Don't Sing (2008), choirmaster Gareth Malone received hundreds of requests to set up choirs. What he chooses as the follow-up is to set up a choir in the post-WWII estate of South Oxhey, a working class community of 12,000 north of London if only because he sees singing as being perceived as an elitist activity with South Oxhey not receiving any sort of financial or cultural investment. Indeed, South Oxhey has a history of being deemed a wasteland in almost every respect. His project will last eight months, with the biggest challenge being to bring the diverse group ...
 
8 Sep. 2009
Episode #1.2
Now that he has got the South Oxhey Community Choir up and running which included having its first public performance in the estate precinct to garner public moral support among South Oxhey residents, choirmaster Gareth Malone moves on to starting the children's choir. He goes to the estate's six primary schools to recruit members. Among the six is Colnbrook, a school focusing on special needs students. Rather than their learning issues being a problem, Gareth hopes that the choir will provide a positive and inclusive outlet to a group that is even more marginalized than the general South Oxhey populace. As...
 
15 Sep. 2009
Episode #1.3
With some early successes with both the community and children's choir in South Oxhey, choirmaster Gareth Malone moves on to his next three somewhat discrete challenges in South Oxhey which he hopes will converge at some point down the road. The first challenge is to have more young men singing, even if it's in their own separate group in whatever form they want. Boxer Matty Leonard, perhaps South Oxhey's most famous resident and an initial supporter of Gareth's overall mission, dropped out of the community choir after only one rehearsal since he only knew a handful of people there, which ...
 
22 Sep. 2009
Episode #1.4
With the community choir, the children's choir and now the young men's choir all rising to the challenges he's placed before them, choirmaster Gareth Malone moves on to his final project with his South Oxhey choirs. With only two months left in his eight month stint with them, Gareth wants to bring all his singers under one umbrella truly to be representative of all aspects of South Oxhey, and in turn feel like they truly do represent South Oxhey not only to its own residents but to the outside world. What he chooses is to hold a South Oxhey festival, which used to be held when ...
 

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