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P&O Ferries choir

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Gareth Malone creates P&O Ferries workplace choir for BBC programme 'The Choir - Sing While You Work' Series 2

The eight part series will see 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 Sainsbury’s, Birmingham City Council, P&O Ferries, Sainsbury's, 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 this year will be composer to the royal family, Paul Mealor, world class soprano Sarah Fox and awarding winning gospel conductor Ken Burton.

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.  

The episode about how Gareth brought the P&O Ferries choir together aired on Monday 4th November and kick started the series. Watch all episodes to find out how they all got on in the competition!

Official episode information:

'Choirmaster Gareth Malone returns to create harmony in five of Britain's biggest workplaces. As the contest to be crowned 'best workplace choir' begins, he sets sail with P&O, the UK's longest-running cross Channel ferry service. With choir members based at sea and on both sides of the English Channel, can Gareth create a musical entente cordiale?'