Gareth Malone’s motley collection of army wives has beaten the X Factor contender by a 5-1 margin to top the UK singles charts.
Gareth, former youth choir leader of the London Symphony Orchestra, makes television programmes in which he teaches communities how to express themselves in song. In the latest series, he immersed them in a new song by Royal Wedding composer Paul Mealor.
X Factor produces a crude simulacrum of a Simon Cowell pop formula, dehumanising all who engage in it.
Trivial as the charts may be, I am so happy that Gareth has triumphed.