Coming soon: Gareth's Great British Christmas Album
Wednesday 19th October 2016
|Gareth as a child|
Gareth Malone is embarking on a journey around the UK, bringing together musicians from local communities for his new album, A Great British Christmas, which will be released on Decca on 2nd December 2016.
The nation's favourite choirmaster will conduct recording sessions with a variety of musicians in different locations over the next three weeks - from Perranarworthal Handbell Ringers in Cornwall, to the Hornsey Girls School Steel Pans Band in London, and the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band in West Yorkshire. It will be Gareth's first Christmas album, and aims to unite the country through music.
Gareth Malone is looking forward to starting work on the album:
"I'm delighted to be bringing together musicians from all over the country for this new recording project, which offers and fresh take on traditional festive tunes and celebrates the unique sound of a British Christmas."
The album will feature contributions from stars including Ricky Wilson on the track 'Paradise Street', Fyfe Dangerfield on 'Silent Night' and Welsh harpist Catrin Finch on 'Walking in the Air'.
Gareth will also be doing what he does best - working with a host of singers, including the London Youth Choir, Belfast Community Gospel Choir, Birmingham Gospel Choir, plus the Invictus Choir in a rendition of the Dire Straits classic 'Brothers in Arms'. His own choir, Voices, can be heard singing on every track apart from one - 'Only You' - which features Gareth's own voice, stacked up to form a choir!
The album will include a mixture of winter favourites, including the music to Frozen, plus traditional Christmas songs in new arrangements, and even a performance of Gareth's own carol 'A Child is Born' - the first piece he ever wrote. It was composed by a young Gareth while he was still at school and his old music teacher shares the writing credit.
Gareth's busy recording schedule begins in Belfast, before he travels to Truro, London, Birmingham and Glasgow. He will also be recording a special session in Coed Eva Primary School in Wales - an infant school which was burnt down in an arson attack on New Year's Eve.
Gareth Malone's ambitious new project offers a brand new take on Christmas - and by bringing together communities and celebrities from around the UK, 'A Great British Christmas' already looks to be a festive treat.
Gareth's new album A Great British Christmas will be released on Decca Records on 2nd December.