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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Collins; Unabridged edition edition (28 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007396171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007396177
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.4 x 13.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 620,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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'Why do we love Gareth? Seriously, you have to ask?'
Daily Mail

'One of the most strangely beguiling presences television has ever uncovered: impish but laconic, funny and yet still resolute, reserved but shameless, camp but dignified - and clearly a bloody good choirmaster.'
The Guardian

About The Choir:

'As profoundly a moving piece of television as has ever been made'
The Independent

'The mystery at the heart of The Choir is Malone's charisma'
The Times

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. Gareth lives in London with his wife and daughter.


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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By David on 9 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
Having been a huge fan of the Choir and of Gareth It is a real beginners guide to classical music as it tells you what you need to know about classical music like what the conductor does what an orchestra is and other information regarding classical music in a fun interactive way. The audio version gives you snippets of the piece too! Thankyou Gareth it has been the best book I have read in a mile
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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Katharine Kirby TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Jun. 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Recently a guest on "Loose Ends" when he spoke in his usual happy, modest and funny way; Gareth Malone, the winning singer, `animateur', choirmaster, teacher, presenter; a man of many mad hairstyles, is a family favourite. His programmes are top viewing and we hope for plenty more. There were moments in his tv series that were classics of their own. Seeing him demonstrate a tiger clawing, gesticulating with his fingers and making hilarious faces, when conducting a choir for 'Tiger' was unforgettable. So this, his first book, jumped temptingly towards me. Now I intend to go a step further and treat myself to the cd with embedded tracks - Music for the People: The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Classical Music (Unabridged CD) I think this will add to and enrich the mini lessons I am effortlessly absorbing from Gareth's book.

'Music for the People' is an education by stealth; an inspiration and as an added extra, a chance to get to know this talented chap better, through a subject he is rapidly making his very own crusade. He talks about his evolution as a musician, the way he has come to love his recommendations; only a little personal info. He doesn't blow his own trumpet although he is quite entitled to do so; this is his unpretentious manner. There are no photos (shame!) beyond the rather crazy one on the front; just a straightforward chatty conversation between himself and reader. Gareth teaches and encourages in his recognisably individual voice. If you already know of him you can 'hear him speaking' throughout.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Donna S. on 31 May 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was already a Gareth Malone-ite after seeing "The Choir" on BBC America here in the US. I also began playing the piano in church when I was 11-years-old (uh, that's 40 years - yikes!), so I wondered if Gareth's book might be a bit too basic. NOT, by ANY means, that I know it all, but I have been active in music ministry longer than Gareth has been alive. But it was the title that made me wonder whether the subject might have been aimed at a very beginner's level. I needn't have worried. While it is certainly written for someone new to classical music to easily understand, it is also full of wonderful insights and information for those of us with some experience, too. In fact, I keep a yellow highlighter next to the book so that I can go back later to reference things I had no idea about. It is also easy and fun to read. So thank you and bravo, Gareth - well done!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Fergus McClelland on 8 Aug. 2011
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I have been a classical/serious music lover for many years - from late Elizabethan to mid 20th Century - and wanted a training intro series to introduce the delights of real music to a friend. This product worked. Well written and interesting, a good guide to a person who has said, "I love that bit in the advert for Old Spice... I like that 3 tenors bit" and similar. I highly recommend this set.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Reader on 1 Jan. 2012
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Like a great many others, I am a big fan of Gareth Malone and that influenced my purchase. However, putting that to one side, I found this to be an inspirational book. I had a basic knowledge of classical music but his graceful and down to earth introduction to the complete world of classical music has lead me to listen and understand music that I have not enjoyed in the past. If it was only for the purpose of introducing me to the Goldberg Variations, this book was worth its weight in gold.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SHB on 16 Jan. 2014
Format: Paperback
I've not previously been tempted to write a positive review before finishing a book, but finishing this could take some time. Not because it's a hard read, but it seems that several times a page I'm reaching for YouTube to seek out the references.

Despite a long exposure to classical music (my wife and most of her family are "real" musicians, including professionals) that's not reflected in my upbringing. I must have been to hundreds of concerts and would have some idea of styles of a wide handful of composers. Too often, though, I've sat through playing totally unmoved by anything other than the pain seeping through my backside; willing a concert to finish, convinced that I'm simply neither clever nor experienced enough to understand, let alone enjoy, the music presented.

My listening has changed over the past few weeks. No longer does Radio 4 dominate, but I'm seeking out Radio 3 and following, relistening, referencing and sharing music. I'm working out why "modern" music isn't merely clever but worth listening to. Searching for different recordings of bizarre compositions.

So much for the effects on me... The book itself combines beautifully challenge and delight. Gareth certainly writes for the individual reader and delivers a trusting intimacy; as a good teacher he's drawing me along and the expectation of homework is easy to respect. Being told early on that not all music is supposed to be about quickly catchy tunes prepares the reader for the challenge of education. But what a skilled motivator.

I will not worry if this takes me years to read, or even if I never finish because I keep returning to prevous chapters to check out more music; already I've been taught how to enhance my listening pleasure beyond any appreciated potential. Like the music to which it refers, the book richly rewards efforts made.
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