Gareth Malone OBE is a choirmaster and broadcaster who first appeared on TV in the three-part BBC documentary series The Choir in 2006. The series saw Gareth take on the challenge of bringing music into the lives of students who had never sung before and ultimately taking them to compete in the World Choir Games in China.
Following on from the success of series two, The Choir: Boys Don’t Sing, Gareth's third series The Choir: Unsung Town saw him attempt to unite the community of South Oxhey near Watford as a choir. After the warm reception and loyal following The Choir programming received, Gareth’s next project took him to Glyndebourne in a hunt for fresh talent to perform in the new opera, Knight Crew, and on to explore how boys are educated in Gareth Malone's Extraordinary School For Boys and building children’s confidence in The Big Performance.
The fourth series of The Choir aired in November 2011. In his most emotional challenge to date, The Choir: Military Wives, saw Gareth give a voice to the wives and girlfriends left behind at the Chivenor and Plymouth barracks when troops were deployed to Afghanistan. The hit single from the series, Wherever You Are, was a resounding success, making Christmas number one in 2011, and the choir's album, In My Dreams, went to number one in March 2012. A second album, Stronger Together, was released in November 2012. Also this year Gareth released the official Jubilee song Sing composed by Gary Barlow and performed by The Military Wives Choir. Performing with the Wives at the Queens Jubilee celebration concert made this a special end to a great project.
Gareth’s next TV project, Sing While You Work, saw Gareth infiltrate the work place to get four large UK companies singing as choirs, this first aired on BBC2 in September 2012. Due to its success a second bigger series aired November 2013.
To date these astoundingly successful series have won two successive BAFTA awards and two RTS awards.
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 18th November 2013. It sees Gareth return with his most personal album yet, embodying his vision of the future of choral music.
In 2014 Gareth has taken on another charity challenge and produced
another single for the BBC and Decca for this year’s Children in Need. The
process has been captured in a two part documentary for BBC1. Along with this
he has managed to work his magic in the states on the USA Network with It Takes
a Choir. Based on The Choir, broadcast in the UK, he will be uniting an
unexpected mix of characters through the spellbinding power of music.
Gareth studied singing as a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music with Janice Chapman and Jonathan Papp. His first book Music for the People: A Journey through the Pleasures and Pitfalls of Classical Music (Collins) was published in April 2011, and Choir: Gareth Malone (Collins) was published in September 2012.