Gareth Malone: tour, family, new TV series and all you need to know about the choral conductor
11 March 2019, 16:37
As Gareth Malone returns to the small screen with ‘The Choir: Our School by the Tower’, here’s everything you need to know about the choirmaster – from his tour and family to his new TV series.
Gareth Malone is a choral conductor and broadcaster, best known for his TV programme The Choir, in which he introduces people to choral singing.
Gareth studied drama at the University of East Anglia and went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music. He first began working with young people and community group for the London Symphony Orchestra and in 2001 he was made the Edward Heath Assistant Animateur for the ensemble.
As well as The Choir, he has also presented television series including Gareth Malone Goes to Glyndebourne and was one of the judges on Pitch Battle in 2017.
Who is Gareth Malone’s family?
Gareth is married to an English teacher called Becky and they have a daughter, Esther, who was born in 2010 and a son, Gilbert, born in 2013.
What is Gareth Malone’s new TV series?
Tonight (11 March), Malone launches a new series called The Choir: our School by the Tower in which he works with students from Kensington Aldridge Academy, the school that was next to Grenfell Tower. His aim in the show is to use music to help students deal with the trauma of the disaster.
On 14 June 2017 Grenfell Tower burned down, killing 72 people in the worst residential fire since the Second World War.
Gareth told the Daily Mail's Event Magazine that he saw a therapist every week while working with the school: "This is the first time I spoke to a psychotherapist weekly, so that I could get my own reaction to it out of the way and just be an open space for the kids to talk. I’m really glad I did that. I would go every week.
"As I spent more time [at the school], we laughed and they were silly. They were badly behaved. They were regular kids. Actually, I don’t think the series is about Grenfell, really. It’s about young people, their lives and aspirations and how you deal with bad things happening to you."
Three more days until #thechoir is back on @BBCTwo Cannot wait for you to see this programme. It’s been an incredible 10 months. Very proud to have worked with the inspiring KAA. Thank you to everyone in the community for your support.— Gareth Malone OBE (@GarethMalone) March 8, 2019
Gareth Malone: The Choir
Gareth first appeared on TV in 2007 with ‘The Choir’, a series in which he took teenagers with no experience of singing and put together a choir.
The series went on to win a Bafta and was so successful, he went on to create ‘The Choir: Boys Don’t Sing’ and ‘The Choir: Military Wives’, in which he worked with wives and partners of military personnel deployed to Afghanistan.
The Military Wives Choir went on to perform at the Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance and their recording of Paul Mealor’s song ‘Wherever You Are’ ended up becoming Christmas Number 1 in 2011.
When is Gareth Malone going on tour?
Gareth Malone went on tour with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and a group of singers in 2018, but no new dates have been announced yet. Keep an eye on his website for any upcoming concerts.