Joan Armatrading's Favourite

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20080519

Choirs

Joan visits choral assemblies across the country.

1/5. Warrington Male Voice Choir

She meets the long established male voice choir that is devoted to promoting peace and reconciliation, a mission which assumed greater poignancy after the Warrington bombing 15 years ago.

20080520

Choirs

Joan visits choral assemblies across the country.

2/5. WorldSong

She attends a rehearsal of WorldSong, a mixed voice choir in Coventry which specialises in singing unaccompanied songs from across the globe and whose founding principle is that anyone can sing. She also talks to the scientist who believes that singing really is beneficial to our health.

20080521

Choirs

Joan visits choral assemblies across the country.

3/5. London Bulgarian Choir

Joan tunes into the musical traditions of Bulgaria with Dessislava Stefanova and the London Bulgarian Choir. She learns about the group's distinctive singing techniques and the difficulty the British have with learning to sing less politely.

20080522

Choirs

Joan visits choral assemblies across the country.

4/5. Scunthorpe Co-Op Junior Choir

Joan meets the young members of the Scunthorpe Co-Operative Junior Choir, aged from 3 upwards, as they prepare for the Choir of the Year contest later in the month. With Howard Goodall, the UK's 'Singing Tsar'.

20080523

Choirs

Joan visits choral assemblies across the country.

5/5. The Kingdom Choir

Joan reunites with a choir very close to her heart, who performed with her in a tribute song to Nelson Mandela. She hears what distinguishes Gospel singing and how the message and the music come together in praise.