Gareth
Malone

Broadcaster and Choirmaster 

Gareth Malone OBE has helped galvanise the British choral scene through his TV series, concert tours and recordings. 

Gareth is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Janice Chapman and Jonathan Papp. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of East Anglia and Freedom of the City of London in 2010. In 2012 he was made OBE in the Queen's birthday honours for services to music.

He first appeared on TV in the three-part BAFTA award-winning series The Choir for BBC, tackling the task of teaching choral singing to people who have never had the chance, or experience to sing before. This aired in 2006, along with three further series;The Choir: Boys Don’t Sing in 2008, The Choir: Unsung Town, which involved the creation of a choir in South Oxhey, Hertfordshire, in 2009, and The Choir: Military Wives in 2011. The series began to air on BBC America in the summer of 2010. Since 2012, he has made two series of Sing While You Work for BBC Two, infiltrating the work place to get large UK companies singing.

Gareth has had three number one records in the UK with the Military Wives Choir and the Gareth Malone All Star Choir for Children in Need. His 2014 series The Big Performance 3 won the Royal Television Society award for best children’s television and Gareth Goes to Glyndebourne won an International Emmy in 2011.

Early in 2013, Gareth began a UK-wide hunt with Decca Records to find the country's most talented young singers to form a new youth choir. This culminated in Gareth Malone’s Voices, released in 2013, embodying his vision of the future of choral music. Gareth and Voices 2015 tour followed an acclaimed 14-date UK tour earlier that year. He embarked on yet another UK Tour in Winter 2017, with Fane Productions. Following its success, more venues and dates were added to 2018.

In celebration of World Music Day 2018, Gareth presented the All-Star Music Quiz for BBC Two, testing the musical skills and knowledge of an A-List panel.

Over the past year, he has applied his signature optimism to start various choirs in Kensington Aldridge Academy, the school next to Grenfell Tower, Watford’s General Hospital to produce a concert full of Christmas cheer and Aylesbury’s prison for young offenders; all three documentaries were aired on BBC Two.

Gareth continues to run choirs, compose with young people and work with emerging artists. He has recorded with some of the leading performers in the UK and has recently released his third album Music for Healing; an album that champions the restorative power of music. It features solo piano, choir and strings, with each piece named after a different month of the year, reflecting the role that the year’s natural rhythms play in the stages of healing.

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The real star, of course, is Malone, who remains one of the most strangely beguiling presences television has ever uncovered: impish but laconic, funny and yet still resolute, reserved but shameless, camp but dignified – and clearly a bloody good choirmaster.

Tim Dowling
Guardian on The Choir III: Unsung Town