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The Semi-Final

Gareth Malone helps to create workplace choirs. The four remaining choirs sing for a place in the final at a concert in one of the UK's biggest gospel churches.

Choirmaster Gareth Malone challenges the four remaining workplace choirs to find their souls, rhythm and conviction in a joyful bid to be crowned the year's best workplace choir. Three world class choral judges, an 800-strong audience and the London Community Gospel Choir await them at a celebration concert in one of the country's biggest gospel churches.

Spirits are lifted at the fire service amidst news of strike action, the besuited bankers descend into dad dancing, the council workers try to rediscover belief in themselves and the ferry staff exuberantly rock the boat during rehearsals. On the night, potential soloists wait nervously for Gareth to decide who has the courage and fervour to step forward and improvise and lead their choir into the grand final.

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.
  • P&O Choir

    Beyond the Sea

  • Birmingham City Council Choir

    The Only Way is Up

  • Sainsbury's Choir

    Spice Up Your Life

  • Cheshire FireService Choir

    The Rising

  • Franz Schubert

    Ave Maria

    Performer: Sainsbury's Choir.
  • Léo Delibes

    The Flower Duet

    Performer: Citi Choir.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus


    Performer: P&O Choir.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Anvil Chorus

    Performer: Cheshire Fire Service Choir.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Domine Fili

    Performer: Birmingham City Council Choir.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Zadok the Priest

  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No. 101 'The Clock' - Adagio, Presto 7

  • George Frideric Handel

    Music for the Royal Fireworks: 4th Movement - Rejouissance

  • Nina Simone


    Performer: P&O Choir.
  • Cheshire Fire Service Choir

    This Little Light of Mine

  • Mary Mary & Citi Choir


  • London Community Gospel Choir

    Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

  • London Community Gospel Choir


  • Louis Armstrong

    Down by the Riverside

  • Mahalia Jackson

    I Love the Lord

  • Birmingham City Council Choir

    Down to the River to Pray

  • The Staple Singers

    Why (Am I treated so bad?)

  • Reverend Gary Davis

    Twelve Gates to the City

  • Marion Williams

    How I Got Over?

  • Chosen Gospel Singers

    Prayer for the Doomed

  • Johnny Cash

    God's Gonna Cut You Down

  • Shakira

    Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)

  • Elvis Presley

    Run On

  • George Frideric Handel

    Zadok the Priest

  • London Community Gospel Choir

    Oh Happy Days

  • Ludovico Einaudi


    Performer: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Katherine Jenkins & Crouch End Chorus

    Down to the River to Pray

  • Mahalia Jackson

    Summertime/Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child


Role Contributor
Presenter Gareth Malone
Executive Producer Tim Carter
Series Producer Rachel Morgan


  • Mon 16 Dec 2013 21:00
  • Tue 17 Dec 2013 23:20
  • Tue 17 Dec 2013 23:50

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