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Episode 2

Aled Jones concludes his overview of the thriving and eclectic choral scene in Los Angeles, featuring interviews and performances by some of the US West Coast's finest ensembles.

Today, The Choir visits the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles - an ensemble whose vision is to bring down homophobia and other forms of discrimination through choral singing. Founded in 1979 after the murder of Harvey Milk, the first openly-gay elected politician in the USA, they've become known as one of the finest amateur choirs on the continent, with a chorus numbering more than 200 singers. We speak to two of its members about its social activism and history, and the powerful stories about why they joined the choir.

We also visit LA's Catholic Cathedral - hearing performances from both its Spanish-language and English choir - and find out from one of the city's premier vocal contractors about how choirs are put together for Hollywood's movie and TV soundtracks, with music from "The Simpsons", "Edward Scissorhands", and John Williams' score to "Amistad".

There's also excerpts from a gripping contemporary choral work by David Lang, "The Little Match Girl Passion" - and we announce which six choirs the BBC have chosen to go through to the Europe-wide "Let The Peoples Sing" contest.

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1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Sun 9 Dec 2012 17:00