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Webchat with The Choir's Gareth Malone on Wednesday 5 February from 1-2pm

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RachelCMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 03-Feb-14 17:36:54

We're very pleased to announce that choirmaster Gareth Malone will be coming into MNHQ for a webchat on Wednesday 5 February. Gareth is best known for BAFTA-winning BBC2 show The Choir, the most recent series of which finished just before Christmas. He also made a programme for BBC4 called Why do we Sing?, has written two books, and is preparing to embark on a live tour of the UK in May and June with his new choir, Gareth Malone's Voices.

You can post a question to Gareth in advance below, or join us on Wednesday between 1pm and 2pm.

Sparklingbrook Mon 03-Feb-14 17:52:43

Oh my word. shock

AtYourCervix Mon 03-Feb-14 18:00:04

Hurrah!!!

I even have a question!

I have joined our brand new workplace choir! When I sing people usually ask me not to but so far it is great. 2 rehearsals and next week we are unleashing ourselves on the unsuspecting public. And I cannot wait!

Any suggestions what songs we can sing?

oh! I luff him a litle bit....not sure i have a question though!

member Mon 03-Feb-14 18:30:29

My husband needs to update his glasses & wants the same as you - can you tell me what style yours are please?

Sparklingbrook Mon 03-Feb-14 20:49:42

I am trying to think of a question. smile

DearPrudence Tue 04-Feb-14 00:13:06

Being in a choir is the best! smile

I have assembled a Mumsnet choir. We've all sucked a fisherman's friend are we're raring to go. What are you going to teach us?

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DrankSangriaInThePark Tue 04-Feb-14 06:47:48

I have nothing constructive to ask or say other than I think you're lovely, and so does my Mum and you are also doing very well with the Italian schoolgate Mums who are currently watching the series in the sporty secondary school on Italian TV. One of my schoolgate mum chums has even joined an Italian choir because of you!

You are a worldwide phenomenom!

Prudence- can I be the one right at the very back, pretending to sing? Because not even Lovely Gareth could get anything nice to come out of my mouth.

Actually, there's a proper question, in case HQ delete me for pure sycophancy. Could you even get someone like me to sing in tune? Is it really true that we all can?

Sparklingbrook Tue 04-Feb-14 06:58:08

Dear is that a picture of the Mumsnet choir? grin Where's the soloist?

DearPrudence Tue 04-Feb-14 07:41:28

Gareth has to choose the soloist Sparkling.

Sangria yes, you can sit near the naughty ones messing about on the back row if you like. They will divert attention from the fact you're only pretending.

Sparklingbrook Tue 04-Feb-14 07:42:46

Oh yes. Dear. Auditions. grin

MissMarplesBloomers Tue 04-Feb-14 07:44:43

Why did I know Sparkers would at the front of the excited throng??!

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Sparklingbrook Tue 04-Feb-14 09:06:19

YY MissMarple, but absolutely not doing the solo. grin

InkleWinkle Tue 04-Feb-14 09:16:18

Hi Gareth, do you believe that everyone can be taught / coached / helped to sing in tune or do you think there are definite lost causes?

LottieJenkins Tue 04-Feb-14 09:27:56

Hi Gareth............... My son is part of a deaf signing choir. I love watching them when they perform as they really get into it!! Have you worked with one? Would you consider doing it for a programme in the future???

trockodile Tue 04-Feb-14 09:43:29

Hi Gareth, My Mum is a big fan of yours and for Christmas my Dad bought VIP tickets for them to see the tour in Edinburgh. She is very excited-and a bit nervous about getting to meet you! Can you tell us a bit about the concert to give her an idea what it will be like?

ShatnersBassoon Tue 04-Feb-14 09:58:25

I've recently joined a decent local choir after a disappointing term with the horribly expensive and unchallenging Rock Choir.

I enjoy it immensely, so much so that I often feel choked with emotion when we're singing. Is this something that is fairly common, and have you any tips for dislodging a lump from the throat? We sing at lots of funerals...

ShatnersBassoon Tue 04-Feb-14 10:00:39

Oops, I forgot to also say how lovely and wonderful you are, although I think the others have hammered that home already grin

Hi Gareth!

I'm a trained singer - well, I was a trained singer, way back in prehistoric times, before I got married, had children, gained weight and got old. I was a mezzo soprano, with a pretty good range (up to B-flat nearly 2 octaves above middle C), though the 'break' in my voice was around D an octave above middle C.

I now sing second alto in a small chamber choir, and my range has shrunk dramatically at the top end (I can still sing a pretty respectable tenor), and I struggle to sing anything over D an octave over middle C.

Can you give me any advice on how to increase my range again, or do I just have to accept that the loss of all those lovely high notes is due to advancing old age (I am 50 this year), and nothing can be done?

Are there any exercises I could do at home without scaring the dogs too much?

Thank you!

sanschocolat Tue 04-Feb-14 11:21:02

Hello Gareth,

I love watching your programmes and the enthusiasm you bring to all of your projects. I also love the way you manage to slip a bit of surreptitious Latin in to the proceedings! (Were you raised as a Catholic by any chance?) [nosy emoticon]

My question is: will your live tour be coming across the Channel at some point by any chance? (To Brussels perhaps?) [Certainly hope so.]

Sparklingbrook Tue 04-Feb-14 16:46:45

When are we going to get to see the series you made in the US?

and (cheeky second question)

Was doing Mr Blue Sky with Jeff Lynne on CIN rocks as brilliant as it looked?

Thanks.

Bassetfeet Tue 04-Feb-14 17:16:45

Hi Gareth
I have read several articles that say singing in a choral group helps with mental illness such as depression and anxiety. Some studies done I think. What are you feelings re this as therapy ?
And how do I find a choir to join? The ones I have googled have been serious choral stuff that need interviews . Thank you.

Bassetfeet Tue 04-Feb-14 17:23:17

Sorry forgot one question (blush). What is the piece of music that relaxes you the most after a busy day ? Thanks .

Handsfullandlovingit Tue 04-Feb-14 17:26:38

Hi Gareth! I conduct my DD's primary school choir, in a very beginnery way. I am a trained singer but waving is whole different ball game! They are between 5 and 11, and so keen, it's sweet. I like getting them doing silly warm ups, and am avidly collecting new stuff to keep them on their toes. Have you got any gems it is possible to communicate without singing them to me? And I'm pondering this one a lot, have you any ideas what can I get them to sing in church at easter? We have an amazing pianist. Cheers.

TalkToFrank Tue 04-Feb-14 17:50:44

Hi Gareth,

What do you think about the role of area music services in providing music education to children, particularly in the light of the large cuts in funding from central government?

Do you feel that music is being given less importance than it ought in the national curriculum? Or is it fair that music will remain the preserve of those whose parents' can afford to pay?

Thank you

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