Musical Director - Gareth Giles
Gareth took over as our
Musical Director in January 2017.
Gareth Giles was Head
Chorister at Hereford Cathedral and commenced Piano lessons at the age
of 4, then Organ lessons at 9. He became professional in his early
teens, soloing on Piano and Organ as well as being accompanist and M.D.
for many choirs, ensembles and musical productions, whilst still at
He first studied Organ
with Dr Roy Massey at Hereford and gained the Associateship diploma of
the Royal College of Organists, aged 16. After graduating from the Royal
College of Music, Gareth worked as a piano teacher, freelance Organist
and Director of Music at Heathside School in Weybridge, concurrently.
Gareth has over 40 years
of playing experience, as an Organist, Pianist, accompanist, concert
artist and function pianist. He first started directing choirs at the
age of 13 and has since that time been the Musical Director of many
Church, Male Voice, Female Voice, Mixed and School choirs.
During his Piano career,
Gareth has held residencies as a Lounge Pianist at many London Hotels
and Restaurants, including his current positions at The RAC Country
Club, Epsom and The Petersham Hotel, Richmond. In this relaxing
atmosphere, he has had the pleasure of entertaining and being introduced
to many celebrities. He has also had the honour of performing for The
Prince and Princess of Wales.
As an accompanist, Gareth
is heavily in demand for vocal and instrumental soloists, students
preparing for Music exams, tutoring, training and performing in any
Gareth has performed on
the Organ at 17 UK Cathedrals and been piano accompanist at all the
major London Concert venues. As a composer, Gareth has composed 7
Children’s Cantatas, over 40 Christmas Carols, Church, Instrumental and
Orchestral Music. As well as being performed in many schools and
churches, some of his works have premiered at The Royal Albert Hall, The
Barbican, Dorking Halls and Guildford Cathedral. He is currently
composing a suite of Instrumental Ensemble Music as well as transcribing
and arranging the wild and wacky 4th Piano Concerto of Nikolai Kapustin.
Along with Kapustin, favourite composers include: Piazzolla, Poulenc,
Gershwin, Rachmaninoff, Fauré and Michel Legrand.
Gareth divides his time
between his great loves of Church Music, Performing, accompaniment,
composing, function playing and teaching. During 2017 he will be
performing a number of solo recitals as well as a series of 2-Piano
Concerts in France. He is also passionate about the role of music in the
education of children and young adults with Special Needs.