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Heat is on for firefighters as they compete for BBC Two choir trophy
8:00am Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
CHESHIRE Fire and Rescue Service need to keep their cool as their skills are set to be put to the test and scrutinised by millions across the county.
It is, however, not their fire-fighting skills which are being put under the glaring spotlight but their singing abilities.
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is one of five British organisations competing in series two of BBC Two’s The Choir: Sing While You Work with renowned choirmaster Gareth Malone OBE.
The eight-part series, which is expected to air in November, will see the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service battle it out vocally with Birmingham City Council, P&O Ferries, Sainsbury’s and Citi Bank to be named the best workplace choir.
Gareth Malone 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 show follows the budding 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 will sing for the trophy.
Judging the choirs this year will be oft time composer for the Royal Family, Paul Mealor, world-class soprano, Sarah Fox and award-winning gospel conductor Ken Burton.
Emma Willis, acting head of documentaries, said: “Gareth Malone has proven time and time again that he is the nation’s favourite choir master.
“We are delighted that he’s returning to BBC2 to whip Britain’s business choirs into shape.”
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