Coming Soon on Five - The Singing Estate: What Happened Next?

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the singing estate: what happened next

Twelve months ago, conductor Ivor Setterfield transformed 40 residents of Oxford’s Blackbird Leys housing estate into a choir fit to perform at the Royal Albert Hall. The experience had a profound effect on everyone involved, but what has happened to the singers one year on?

The choir is still going strong, working with new conductor Marios Papadopoulos and the Oxford Philomusica in rehearsals for more concerts. Ivor is delighted that they have embraced classical music with such fervour, and now he wants them to spread the word. Hoping that they will become “ambassadors for the idea of singing being good for people,” Ivor asks them to recruit a new choir – one that will fill the Oxford town hall and perform the Hallelujah Chorus in an event called ‘Oxford Sings’. But there’s not much time to organise the event, which will be broadcast on the radio – will his singers be able to convince the citizens of Oxford that they’ve got what it takes?

Also featured in this special catch-up programme are the stories of how participating in ‘The Singing Estate’ changed the singers’ lives – including bringing nervous teenage soprano Kayleigh out of her shell; introducing charismatic septuagenarian Eric to the community; and picking mum Ruth up out of post-natal depression. We also watch the excited choir as they attend the Annual Achievers reception at Buckingham Palace and sing for the Queen. A lot can happen in a year, it seems…

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