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Birmingham City Council

Gareth Malone helps to create workplace choirs. In Birmingham, he finds a singing traffic warden, a social worker soloist and a high-pitched gardener.

Choirmaster Gareth Malone returns to create harmony in five of Britain's biggest workplaces. As the contest to be crowned 'best workplace choir' continues, Gareth travels to Birmingham to the biggest council in Europe. He discovers a singing traffic warden, a social worker soloist and a high-pitched gardener. With the next round of government cuts announced mid-rehearsals, some choir members may not have jobs at the end of the year.

1 hour

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Karl Jenkins

    Palladio: 1st Movement - Allegretto

    Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Anvil Chorus

    Performer: Cheshire Fire Service Choir.
  • Nina Simone


    Performer: P&O Choir.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    "La Primavera" (Spring), Concerto No. 1 in E Major, Op. 8, RV 269: I. Allegro

    Performer: Takako Nishizaki. Performer: Capella Istropolitana.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Horn Concerto No. 3 in E-Flat Major, K. 447: III. Allegro

    Performer: Milos Stevove. Performer: Capella Istropolitana.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Waltz No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 18, "Grande valse brillante"

    Performer: İdil Biret.
  • Petula Clark & Birmingham City Council (auditionees)


  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Sinfonia Concertante in E Flat

  • Paul Dukas

    L'Apprenti Sorcier

    Performer: Leonard Slatkin.
  • Johann Strauss I

    Kaiser-Walzer (Emperor Waltz), Op. 437

    Performer: Sofia Radio Symphony Orchestra.
  • Sergei Prokofiev


    Performer: Yuri Temirkanov.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves

    Performer: Robert Shaw.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Waltz of the Flowers

    Performer: Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra.
  • Starship & Gareth Malone

    We Built This City

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622: II. Adagio

    Performer: Ernst Ottensamer. Performer: Vienna Mozart Academy.
  • Canned Heat & Birmingham City Council Choir

    Let's Work Together

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Concerto no 5 in E flat, Emperor Allegro

  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Il Trovatore: Anvil Chorus

    Performer: Carl Davis. Performer: Janice Watsib. Performer: Ruby Philogene.
  • Claude Debussy

    Preludes, Book 1: No. 10. La cathedrale engloutie (The sunken cathedral)

    Performer: François‐Joël Thiollier.
  • Gene Kelly & Birmingham City Council choir

    Singin' in the Rain

  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Allegro Ma Non Tante Piano Concerto no 3.

    Performer: Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467, "Elvira Madigan": II. Andante

    Performer: Jenő Jandó.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams


    Performer: Nicholas Cleobury.
  • Yazz & Birmingham City Council

    The Only Way Is Up

  • Johann Strauss I

    Pizzicato Polka

    Performer: Sofia Radio Symphony Orchestra.
  • 2Pac

    California Love (feat. Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman)

  • Gabriel Fauré

    In Paradisum

  • Johann Strauss I


    Performer: Sofia Radio Symphony Orchestra.
  • Frank Sinatra & Birmingham City Council

    My Way


Role Contributor
Presenter Gareth Malone
Director Stuart Froude
Series Producer Rachel Morgan


  • Mon 11 Nov 2013 21:00
  • Tue 12 Nov 2013 23:20
  • Tue 12 Nov 2013 23:30

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