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The Choir 

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Series cast summary:
David Warner ...  Alexander Troy 5 episodes, 1995
James Fox ...  Hugh Cavendish 5 episodes, 1995
Richenda Carey ...  Bridget Cavendish 5 episodes, 1995
John Standing ...  Bishop Robert Young 5 episodes, 1995
Nicholas Farrell ...  Leo Beckford / ... 5 episodes, 1995
Cathryn Harrison ...  Sally Ashworth 5 episodes, 1995
Anthony Way Anthony Way ...  Henry Ashworth 5 episodes, 1995
Peter Vaughan ...  Frank Ashworth 5 episodes, 1995
Bill Britten Bill Britten ...  Martin Chancellor 5 episodes, 1995
Claire Cox ...  Ianthe Cavendish 5 episodes, 1995
Christopher Good ...  Canon Tom Oddams 5 episodes, 1995
James Hopkins James Hopkins ...  Chilworth 5 episodes, 1995
Edward Hughes Edward Hughes ...  Wooldridge 5 episodes, 1995
Nicola King Nicola King ...  Sandra Miles 5 episodes, 1995
Oliver Milburn ...  Nicholas Elliott 5 episodes, 1995
Michael Fitzgerald Michael Fitzgerald ...  Canon Neil Patterson 4 episodes, 1995
Robert Flemyng ...  John Godwin 4 episodes, 1995
Daniel Flynn ...  Roger Farrell 4 episodes, 1995
Jane Asher ...  Felicity Troy 3 episodes, 1995
Susannah Elliott-Knight Susannah Elliott-Knight ...  Cherry Chancellor 3 episodes, 1995
Caroline John ...  Janet Young 3 episodes, 1995
David Sterne ...  Jim Woodcote 3 episodes, 1995
Pamela Cundell Pamela Cundell ...  Mrs. Monk 2 episodes, 1995
Peter De Jersey ...  Mike 2 episodes, 1995
Mark Drewry Mark Drewry ...  Peter Radcliffe 2 episodes, 1995
Tracy Gillman ...  Tracy Butler 2 episodes, 1995
Richard Keen Richard Keen ...  Cosmo Cavendish 2 episodes, 1995
Paul Nicholson Paul Nicholson ...  Ron 2 episodes, 1995
Rob Spendlove Rob Spendlove ...  Dennis Thornton 2 episodes, 1995
Carole Walker Carole Walker ...  Mayoress 2 episodes, 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 boy treble soloist Anthony Way (Henry Ashworth), a real-life student at the St. Paul's Cathedral Choral School in London. Written by <pfeifer@fokus.gmd.de>

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English

Release Date:

19 March 1995 (UK) See more »

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(5 parts)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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But what about the music?
29 September 2008 | by velijnSee 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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