The P&O Ferries workplace choir has now been formed for well over a year after being chosen as part of BBC TVs ‘The Choir: Sing While You Work’ in 2013. The eight part series saw five British organisations put through their choral paces in an effort to be named the best workplace choir.
In series two, Choirmaster Gareth Malone works with Sainsburys, Birmingham City Council, P&O Ferries, Sainsburys, Citi, the bank and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service to showcase their vocal abilities.
23 colleagues from across the business feature in the P&O Ferries Choir including; a ship's Captain, Stewards and Stewardesses, a Quarter Master, Chef, Warehouse staff and team members from both the French and English offices. The choir are put through their paces in the first episode of the series by visiting local landmarks such as the White Cliffs of Dover as well as performing live in front of the 3 judges aboard one of the companies finest ships.
Judging the choirs was composer to the royal family, Paul Mealor, world class soprano Sarah Fox and awarding winning gospel conductor Ken Burton.
The episode about how Gareth brought the P&O Ferries choir together aired on Monday 4th November 2013 and kick started the series. The P&O Ferries choir triumphed and took home the title ‘Best Workplace Choir’ as shown in the episode aired on Sunday 22nd December 2013.
Since winning the TV show the choir have performed regularly for local dignitaries, fans, friends, family and colleagues alike as well as joining Susan Boyle on her first ever UK tour in April 2014 and most recently as a headlining act at Leeds Castle Classical Open Air Concert.
Gareth Malone OBE said: ''It's been amazing to return to Britain's workplaces for a second series of The Choir: Sing While You Work. I've pushed the choirs even harder this year and the musical standard has been even higher, with some truly outstanding performances.''
In the first five episodes, the series follow the choirs through their auditions and rehearsals to their first judged performance in front of hundreds of their work colleagues and bosses. The last three episodes will comprise the quarter-final where the choirs sing classical for the first time, the semi-final, where gospel and soul provide a new challenge for the remaining four choirs’ and the grand final, where the last three choirs sing for the trophy.
See the Choir in action: