GARETH Malone is the singing genius behind BBC reality show The Choir.
He's since turned his unique skills to judging Pitch Battle and now he will star in The Pointless Christmas Special. But what exactly do we know about him?
Who is Gareth Malone?
Gareth is a 42-year-old choirmaster who was born in London on 9th November 1975.
He studied drama at the University of East Anglia (UEA), during which he was in the university choir.
He then went on to do a postgraduate vocal studies course at the Royal Academy of Music and earned a distinction.
Gareth then ran the London Symphony Orchestra's youth and community choirs at LSO St Luke's until the end of 2009.
The choirmaster Gareth is known for his shows forming choirs with people who are don't have much signing experience, to help them get through difficult times in their lives with the art of music and performance.
Gareth’s first programme saw him working with teenagers and one of his most famous projects was working with military wives.
He has been awarded an OBE for his services to music.
But he was later approached by a production company to front a series about singing in schools which was called The Choir.
He has since taken part in a number of singing reality TV series and was awarded an OBE in 2012 for his services to music.
Which TV shows has Gareth Malone been on?
Gareth was first approached by a production company to front a series about singing in schools which was called The Choir, which began in 2007 and will air a new series TONIGHT on BBC2 at 9pm (June 23rd).
He has since taken part in a number of singing reality TV series, with the most recent being Britain's Christmas Story in 2019.
He has appeared on other shows such as BBC's Pitch Battle as a judge back in 2017, which sees rival music groups compete against each other and was inspired by the 2012 film, Pitch Perfect.
Gareth fronted the American version of The Choir called It Takes A Choir back in 2013.
In 2011, Malone forayed into kids TV as he presented two seasons of The Big Performance on CBBC in 2011 and 2012.
Is Gareth Malone married?
Gareth is married to an English teacher Becky Malone.
They have a two children together, a daughter called Esther, who was born in 2010 and a son, Gilbert, born in 2013.
The Choir: Singing for Britain starts TONIGHT (June 23) on BBC2 at 9pm.
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