Gareth Malone OBE

“Encouraging people from all backgrounds to be excited about high quality music making and its benefits is so important to me. I am thrilled and honoured to become Patron of Canterbury Choral Society.”

Gareth Malone OBE is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Music. 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. Gareth was also awarded a Diamond Jubilee Award by Queen Elizabeth II, one of only two awarded for services to music and a personal gift from Her Majesty.

He first appeared on TV in the three-part BAFTA award-winning series The Choir for BBC, along with three further series; The Choir: Boys Don’t Sing which saw him win another BAFTA award; The Choir: Unsung Town, and The Choir: Military Wives in 2011.

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 won the Royal Television Society award for best children’s television and Gareth Goes to Glyndebourne won an International Emmy.

Gareth began a UK-wide hunt with Decca Records to find the country’s most talented young singers to form a new choir. This culminated in Gareth Malone’s Voices, embodying his vision of the future of choral music.

Gareth appeared in Sing For The King: The Search for the Coronation Choir. The show followed the nationwide search for a choir to perform for The King and Queen Consort at the Coronation Concert. His new tour of Sing-a-long-a-Gareth takes to the road again in autumn 2023.

In September 2023 Gareth became the new Patron of Canterbury Choral Society.