The Rise of The Choir
- THE INDEPENDENT
A nationwide choral singing boom is giving fresh meaning to the sound of music, with new choirs popping up at the fastest rate in decades.
Increasing numbers of people are starting their own vocal groups, inspired by the nation's new choirmaster-in-chief Gareth Malone, and shows such as The X Factor, or because they want to boost their wellbeing, mental or physical.
In the past 12 months, around 150 new groups have joined Making Music, which supports voluntary music groups, continuing its annual increase in newcomers. The growth in interest has overwhelmed the musical theatre industry, with casting directors forced to axe so-called "cattle calls" â" open castings for West End shows â" because they were being swamped by reality television rejects.