Gareth Malone OBE has helped galvanise the British choral scene through his TV series, concert tours and recordings. Gareth first appeared on TV in the three-part BBC documentary series The Choir in 2006, with students who had never sung before and ultimately taking them to compete in the World Choir Games in China.
Several series of The Choir followed and, in a new direction, Gareth Malone's Extraordinary School For Boys exploring how boys are educated. He has also made three series of The Big Performance for CBBC about building confidence in young singers. Since 2012 he has made two series of Sing While You Work for BBC2 with Gareth infiltrating the work place to get large UK companies singing. The Choir: Military Wives saw Gareth undertaking a highly emotional challenge giving a voice to the wives and girlfriends left behind while troops were deployed to Afghanistan resulting in a Christmas number one with Wherever You Are. More recently Gareth was involved in two very different projects commemorating the centenary of World War One: The Big Performance for CBBC and an appearance with the Military Wives Choir for the BBC Proms which formed a part of the Warhorse Prom. 2014 ended with a third No.1 single from Gareth featuring a group of unlikely singers in the All Star Choir for BBC Children in Need.
Gareth has been made 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.
Following on from a UK-wide hunt with Decca Records in 2013 to find the country's most talented young singers to form a new youth choir. This culminated in Gareth Malone's Voices an album embodying his vision of the future of choral music. With Voices Gareth toured the UK in May and June of last year and he is currently looking forward to his second, nineteen date national tour which is beginning in November of this year.
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.
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