Nick Jordan

Effortlessly uncool.

The Singing Estate

Last night I watched The Singing Estate on Channel 5 and thoroughly enjoyed it. If you didn’t see it, the gist is this: take one classical conductor, dump him in a rough estate in Oxford and ask him to find forty people to form a choir capable of performing at the Albert Hall after just ten weeks’ rehearsal.

The wonderful thing was to see how many people turned up to audition and how delighted the lucky few were when told they’d made it. Not at all what you’d expect from people who some might simply dismiss. It just shows what ordinary people can and will do if they have the opportunity. One of those programmes that really restores your faith in humanity.


  1. Nicole Thursday, 14th December, 2006, 11:23 am

    Anyone one know when the show for one year on the the choir is being shown?? It was on the radio this morning but i never caught it!!

    Please if you know! Let me know
    Thank U!!!!

  2. Tom Friday, 5th January, 2007, 2:08 pm

    march i think

  3. Nicole Tuesday, 9th January, 2007, 9:05 am

    Thank you, I will keep my ears open and if i find a date i will post for everyone on this blog!!!

  4. Nicole Monday, 29th January, 2007, 9:31 am

    Hi everyone, i can tell you that next month on the 27th February i think on a tuesday night i think at 7.15 the whole series will be shown again and then after the one year on show will be shown too!!!

    Enjoy! i no i will x

  5. T’sMum Friday, 2nd February, 2007, 10:02 am

    Tuesday March 27th 2007, 7.15pm. The Singing Estate is being re-run on the four Tuesdays prior, starting on the 27th, just after the choir’s performance at the Sheldonian in Oxford on the 24th.

  6. James Friday, 2nd February, 2007, 12:02 pm

    Please be aware that these dates are PROVISIONAL and may change – do check listings.

  7. Levis Yelsper Monday, 5th February, 2007, 9:24 pm

    The choir will be performing at the Mirror Tent at BMW plant on the 14th Feb 2007 when they will sing two pieces in Italian, (the chorus of the Hebrew Slaves and The Gypsy CHORUS along with the Oxford Philamusica Orchestra who will be playing themes of the film world. Tickets are available & 35 each and includes drinks & CANAPES. It is a charity performance with all monies going to the Childrens Hospital.
    Then on Sat the 24th Feb they will perform Westside Story at the Sheldonian. tickets are available & the box office from 10 upwards.
    Other events are in the pipeline and will be announced later.

  8. James Monday, 12th February, 2007, 8:35 pm

    If you didn’t catch it last time…

    The series will be repeated from Tuesday 27th Feb at 7.15pm on Five for four weeks. The new episode is scheduled for Tuesday 27th March at 7.15pm on Five.

  9. colin morris-smith Wednesday, 21st March, 2007, 2:49 pm

    hi sophie if you would like copies of the blackbird leys songs let me know and i will drop them of to you at balliol lodge

  10. George Wednesday, 28th March, 2007, 5:53 pm

    The new episode is scheduled for Tuesday 27th March at 7.15pm on Five.
    Will This Be Shown Again??

  11. James Wednesday, 28th March, 2007, 10:12 pm

    Not for the moment as far as I know, but perhaps try contacting Five who might be able to give you more information. I’ll post if I hear further details.

  12. Phyllis Friday, 30th March, 2007, 9:11 pm

    Does anyone know if they have made a Cd yet.

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