My demo choirmaster wins… an International Emmy

My demo choirmaster wins… an International Emmy


norman lebrecht

November 22, 2011

Last month in Amsterdam I showed a clip of Gareth Goes to Glyndebourne to demonstrate how, with a little ingenuity, classical music can change both its image and its audience without sacrificing standards or principles.

In that series Gareth Malone, former chorusmaster of the LSO, rounds up some rough kids from country estates and cajoles them into singing in a new opera at the black-tie opera festival.

Last night, his new series on army wives came to an end with everyone in tears (as usual) on BBC2.

A little later last night, Gareth tweeted me that G goes to Glyndebourne had won an International Emmy for best arts program.

Can we change? Oh yes we can….

Well done that man.

Here’s Variety’s report. And here’s a clip of the show.