Everybody hurts as choir finds its emotional voice
I reckon every workplace would benefit from a Gareth Malone. His easy-going, placid nature is calming and his boyish enthusiasm is engaging.
On top of this, the sheer energy and satisfaction people get from being in one of his choirs is wonderful to watch.
In a new series, the man who turned a group of military wives into pop stars turns his attention to four different organisations to form choirs.
At the end of the process, they will all compete against each other to find the best choir.
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If last night's opening episode was anything to go by, it's going to be an emotional journey.
Gareth was at Lewisham NHS Trust which has more than 200 departments operating on 14 different sites.
A choir would be just the thing to bring them together. And so Gareth begins his search, auditioning everyone from kitchen porter Aaron to A&E consultant Chidi and cardiac surgeon Eddie.
Their paths rarely cross at work and they certainly don't mix, so a river trip is arranged to help them bond.
Their first song, Lean On Me, shows their ability to harmonise as a choir. But Gareth is after something which isn't just technically good. He wants something that will pack an emotional punch too.
He opts for REM's Everybody Hurts – apparently a popular choice at funerals. It's a hugely moving anthem... and the doctors and nurses are finding it difficult to sing. They spend their days keeping their emotions in check.
Gareth's secret weapon is assistant speech therapist Natalie. When he asks her to audition for a solo spot, she breaks down.
The song means a lot to Natalie, she explains, because her daughter is profoundly deaf. When Gareth visits her home she sings – and signs – the words for her family.
I think I got something in my eye at this point, or someone had been peeling onions.
A wonderful show which hits a heartwarming note.