Gareth Malone has been a regular on our TV screens for a number of years now. His most recent project involves getting the staff from some of the country’s most well known workplaces singing in harmony. Last Thursday we tuned in just in time to witness him forming a choir with the busy staff of the Royal Mail in Bristol.
To begin with, Gareth got a mixed reaction from the staff who are right at the centre of a series of changes within the Royal Mail including the threat of privatisation and job losses. However, on audition day he was pleasantly surprised at the number of people who turned up to try out. 30 people were chosen to create the choir, and they worked in all sectors of the company. They included Tim, a high-level executive who joined the choir to get to know his workforce better. The choir hinted that they rarely spent any time with the managers, but soon this began to change. Singing brought them all together and was a massive boost for morale within the workplace.
The actual choir members were not the only ones to benefit at the Royal Mail as the choir performed Beatles classic “We Can Work It Out” for their colleagues and families. This clip shows choir member Pete speaking to the managers of the Royal Mail with Gareth about the choir and encouraging them to come to their performance at the mail sorting depot.
Singing as a group is a fantastic way of bringing a team together and inspiring them to work together and complement each other with their differing styles. Participants can then take these lessons back into the workplace. If your team isn’t lucky enough to have a choir led by Gareth Malone himself, then why not consider our Sing and Inspire event? Our experienced team are able to harness the individual skills and collective strength of a group to produce fantastic music.
The Choir is on BBC2 this Thursday at 9pm. What will the staff of Manchester Airport bring to Gareth’s next choir?!