Gareth Malone embarks 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. This is Gareth’s first Christmas album, and aims to unite the country through music.
The nation’s favourite choirmaster conducts recording sessions with a variety of musicians in different locations – 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.
The album features 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 does 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 includes 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.