All you need to know about The Choir's choirmaster Gareth Malone

The Choir: Singing for Britain airs on BBC Two

Jenni McKnight

Gareth Malone is one of Britain's best-known choirmasters, who has spent much of his career bringing choral music to the masses thanks to his TV series, concert tours and recordings. But what else do we know about him? Keep reading to find everything you need to know…

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Gareth Malone has brought choral music to the masses

Who is Gareth Malone?

Gareth Malone OBE is a 44-year-old choirmaster who was born in London on 9 November 1975. He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of East Anglia and Freedom of the City of London in 2010.

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 don't have much singing experience. After its first episode aired in 2006, Gareth starred in three more series for the BBC; The Choir: Boys Don’t Sing, The Choir: Unsung Town, and one of his most famous projects, The Choir: Military Wives.

Speaking of his love of singing, Gareth told the BBC: "At primary school there was a choir of older children that I looked up to and wanted to emulate. I suppose that's where the interest started. I did all the usual primary school singing activities, Christmas carols and big singalongs... I think I liked it more than most of the other children! My second school had a great little singing group and I think that cemented my sense that singing was something fun."

What else has Gareth Malone starred in?

Apart from The Choir, Gareth has taken part in a number of singing reality TV series. He appeared on BBC's Pitch Battle as a judge back in 2017, which was inspired by the 2012 film, Pitch Perfect. He also fronted the American version of The Choir - It Takes A Choir - back in 2013. In 2011, Gareth tried his hand at kids TV, presenting two seasons of The Big Performance on CBBC in 2011 and 2012.

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Gareth Malone and his wife Becky

What is Gareth Malone's secret to a successful choir?

Gareth told the BBC: "A passion for singing is the vital ingredient in any performance. As an audience member you want to know that people love getting together to sing. In the best choirs they sing music that suits their level. On top of that you need inspiration and a lot of hard work."

Is Gareth Malone married?

Gareth is married to English teacher Becky Malone. They live in North London.

Does Gareth Malone have children?

Gareth and Becky share two children: a daughter called Esther, who was born in 2010 and a son, Gilbert, born in 2013.

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