The Choir: Our School by the Tower, review

The Choir: Our School by the Tower, review

‘Articles always call us ‘the school in the shadow of Grenfell’,” said impassioned teenager Olivia. “I’m like, no, we’re not the shadow. We’re the light.”

Poignant two-part documentary The Choir: Our School by the Tower (BBC Two) followed Kensington Aldridge Academy – the state secondary school next to the site of the tower block blaze, in which five of its students died – as it invited Gareth Malone to help pupils put on a concert. 

After being evacuated and put up in Portakabin premises a mile away, the homecoming show will mark their return to the original building after nine months away. Headmaster David Benson envisaged it as a couple of songs. Choirmaster Malone soon realised that these students had a unique story to tell, so hatched more ambitious plans.

Eternally boyish Malone was his usual infectious, inspirational presence but this warm-hearted film was really about the youngsters. All of them displayed courage, pride in their community and camaraderie in the wake of disaster. 

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