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Choir: Gareth Malone [Kindle Edition]

Gareth Malone
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The hugely popular Gareth Malone recounts the heart-warming stories and transformations behind the award-winning BBC2 series The Choir

For the first time, Gareth reveals everything he has learned from working with so many groups of memorable people, including the record-breaking Military Wives and latest series of The Choir being shown this Autumn.

Gareth was an unknown Choirmaster when he arrived on British TV screens five years ago. Boyish, irrepressible and determined, Gareth took on a collection of kids from the most unlikely comprehensive and turned them into a talented performing choir.

This was the beginning of a national love affair with a bow-tied and undeniably charming young man, and it was also the start of a national rediscovery of the joy to be found in choirs.

Since then, each series of The Choir has gone on to even more demanding challenges, taking young offenders to Glyndebourne, regenerating disparate and far from affluent communities, and finally in an extraordinarily emotional journey, Gareth took a group of women whose partners were serving in Afghanistan to a Christmas Number One. This Autumn, in a new four-part series, The Choir: Sing While you Work, Gareth will be challenging four new Choirs to compete against each other.

This is his memoir of a period in which he transformed the lives of thousands but also gained a lifetime’s worth of experience in human frailty and strength. Written with real joy, emotion and amusement, the twenty chapters each deal with an individual moment – both break-throughs and disasters – or an individual character that has contributed to this extraordinary adventure.

Whether he is explaining the importance of biscuits or the role of the elderly in a community undertaking, remembering the scrappy kid who never quite delivered or the mother who had most to prove this is an incredibly moving journey. It is his adventure… and ours.

About the Author

Gareth Malone is a music animateur, singer, TV presenter and author. His BAFTA award-winning series The Choir re-ignited popular interest in classical music and received critical acclaim for inspiring so many to put their preconceptions to the side and to enjoy all that classical music has to offer. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music before joining the London Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Animateur, Conductor and Chorus-master. In 2011, Gareth and the Military Wives produced the momentous Christmas number 1 single, which was followed in 2012 by a number one album. In 2012 Gareth was also awarded an OBE in recognition of his services to music. Gareth lives in London with his wife and daughter.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1344 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (13 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EEVB4S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
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Gareth Malone is a music animateur, singer, TV presenter and author. His BAFTA award-winning series The Choir re-ignited popular interest in classical music and received critical acclaim for inspiring so many to put their preconceptions aside and enjoy all that classical music has to offer. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music before joining the London Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Animateur, Conductor and Chorus-master. Gareth lives in London with his wife and daughter.

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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
By A. I. McCulloch TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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First and foremost, this book isn't Gareth Malone's autobiography. The first twenty-nine and a half years of his life (Gareth's 37 in 2012) are done and dusted within three pages. The book focuses around the last seven years of Gareth's life and his development of choral singing in a wide variety of environments, with all the processes, the 'tears, triumphs and transformations' of the subtitle being captured in award winning television programmes.
On his website, Gareth describes himself as an 'choral animateur'. An animateur is someone who brings something theatrical to life, who makes it happen. A perfect description of Gareth.

It's unlikely that anyone would pick up this book without having some knowledge of what Gareth has done, although a sizeable number will probably only have noticed Gareth when the Military Wives choir took off and beat The X-Factor to the top of the UK's music chart at Christmas 2011. That period is well covered with contributions from some of the women featured in the programme, particularly the very talented Nicky Scott and Sam Stevenson, two of the Chivenor choir soloists.

What wasn't made clear in the programme was that Gareth's move to a remote part of North Devon to develop the choir was made just a few months after his wife Becky had given birth. Becky and Gareth's new daughter made the move too, and this uprooting from all that is familiar, so much part of the pattern of life in the Services, no doubt helped forge real links with the women of the choir.
Gareth is a superb 'people person' and in this environment his skills really came to the fore, as he dealt with the intense swirl of emotions caused by the husbands and partners of the choir being in 'Afghan.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect set of Notes 11 Oct 2012
By Sue H TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is a delightful book, and If you enjoyed any of the Gareth Malone BBC 2 series The Choir: Boys don't sing, Unsung Town, Military Wives, Glyndbourne and Choir Sing while you work, then this is highly recommended reading.

Gareth tells the tales of each series, beginning with how he first became involved with television, and the Choir in particular. He takes us behind the scenes adding insight into the challenges he and his chorister's faced. The book style is very much how he comes across on the TV, his passion for singing, and subtle humour shines through. Although Gareth talks a little about his background and personal life. this is not his autobiography. The Sing while you work programme is at the time of writing part way through the series, but fear not Gareth does not give the end result away.!

A hard back version of the book have been reviewed which is ~300 pages long, and includes a small section of coloured photos of the various choirs. This does not do justice to Mr Malone's jumper collection - you need to watch the TV series to fully appreciate his wardrobe! I'd seen some but not all of the Choir series and found it just as interesting to read about programmes I'd seem as those I'd not. Mr Malone brings his choirs a long way and he and his trainees are often moved to tears by the time they get to their end of series performance. Readers may well find they too are sniffing at various points of the book; I fully expect this to be advertised by Amazon with `Customers who bought this item also bought large packs of tissues'.

Never heard of Gareth Malone or his singing escapades? Well he inspires adults and children, who don't have choir culture in their communities to get together and sing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars as a music teacher in the middle east... 8 Nov 2012
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Being a music teacher in a school in the Middle East can be difficult. I work in one paid for by the largest gas and petroleum company in the world, and subsequently battle with the idea that the only important subjects are maths and science. having watched all of gareth's series, and having adopted many of the ideas presented there, it's been very interesting to have an insight into the thinking behind the whole 'gareth malone' approach to singing. it's a very easy read - i read most of it in an airport lounge, which gave me much food for thought whilst on the plane - contributing to some changes in the way i'm going to create a 'singing school' at my school. a very worthwhile read for any music teacher interested in promoting singing. and, by the way, his approach works!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but... 17 Oct 2012
By Simon Tavener VINE VOICE
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I love the work of Gareth Malone - his ability to communicate his passion for music and to bring out the best of people is completely endearing and always very watchable. Does that mean he can turn his hand to creating a great book? I am not totally convinced.

Certainly reading this memoir of his time as a TV choir-master, you get a sense of his voice (indeed it is hard not to read it without hearing him speaking the words), However for me, and this may be a very personal reaction, there is a curious feeling of it not being completely authentic. In some ways (and I may be doing him a dis-service) it feels almost as if he sat down with a ghost-writer who basically transcribed and tidied up a series of interviews. I am probably completely wrong in this and he did personally write every word - but that is not how it feels to me as I am reading it.

The story of the creation of his various TV choirs is always engaging, frequently humorous and often quite moving - fans of the shows and the man will find plenty to enjoy getting some great insights into it all.

As I say, I may be totally wrong about this - but it didn't quite feel 100% authentic and for that I cannot give it as high a rating as I would have liked.

Still, it is a fun read and ideal gift-fodder if you have a family member or friend who is a Gareth fan!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy with purchase
Bought as a gift. Happy with purchase. Arrived within date.
Published 6 days ago by Ann Barker
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Published 22 days ago by CHAS CLOWES
4.0 out of 5 stars Choir: Gareth Malone
My wife really enjoyed reading about Gareth. She said the book opened up her understanding of his background to music and was an enjoyable read. A nice quality book.
Published 2 months ago by LOTUSRACER
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD READ
I BOUGHT THIS BOOK FOR A FRIEND AS A PRESENT AS SHE LOVES READING ABOUT CELEBRITIES LIVES AND HOW THEY HANDLE FAME AND LIFE IN THE PUBLIC EYE
Published 3 months ago by bub
4.0 out of 5 stars Choir: Gareth Malone
Bought as a present for my wife as she is a great fan of Gareth Malone and she thoroughly enjoyed it.
Published 4 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
I admire him, liked his programmes and loved the book. It's all about challenges. As I read, I checked out the concerts he mentioned on you-tube. Magic! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Pamela
4.0 out of 5 stars Gareth Malone
I am impressed with Gareth how he gets alongside people, as well as encouraging them to sing in his various
choirs. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Maureen Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Old Gareth
The man's a true democrat, innovator, optimist who although hugely talented is very likeable and a true and inspiring entertainer Thanks
Published 6 months ago by TonyM
3.0 out of 5 stars A light read
An easygoing, light read. Quite heartening at times and a good behind the scenes look at Gareth's work. I would recommend this.
Published 7 months ago by marian lauder
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