Gary was born and brought up in Tenby, South Pembrokeshire. His earliest musical experiences include listening to Tenby Male Choir, of which his father was a member. He started learning piano at the age of five and went on to pass Grade 8 with distinction aged 13, and obtain his ALCM at 17. He was Organ Scholar at St. Mary’s Church, Tenby and also played tenor horn in Tenby and District Brass Band.
Whilst at the University of York, where he obtained a BA Hons degree in Music, he sang in the University Choir and also directed a student choir and the Concert Band.
On graduating, he moved to London to be the producer at Meridian Records, a small independent classical label. There, he produced over 100 commercial CDs between 1994 and 2004. Whilst living near Bromley, he sang with Bromley Parish Church Choir, the Allegri Singers and Canticum, as well as occasionally playing the organ at a number of local churches.
In 2004, he and his family moved to Yorkshire. He sang with the St. Peter’s Singers, Leeds, under Dr. Simon Lindley between 2005 and 2014 and is now the musical director of Batley Community Choir. He has started playing E flat Bass with the Gawthorpe ’85 Youth band (!) and occasionally plays the organ at Batley Parish Church.
|Batley Parish School|
|Bromley Parish Church|
|Crystal Palace Band|
|Gawthorpe Brass '85|
|London Concert Choir|
|Mirfield Choral Society|
|Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus|
|St. Mary's, Tenby|
|St. Peter's Singers|
|Wessex Male Choir|