He became professional at School, soloing on piano and organ as well as well as accompanist and M.D. for many choirs, ensembles and productions. He studied organ with Dr Roy Massey at Hereford, gaining his diploma of Associateship of the Royal College of Organists at 16. At the Royal College of Music, he studied organ with Nicholas Danby and piano with Niel Immelman. After graduating and PGCE, he became a piano teacher, freelance organist and Director of Music at Heathside School, Weybridge, concurrently.
Gareth has over 44 years of playing experience, as an organist, pianist, accompanist, concert artist. He has recently retired from choral directing, having been MD of many Church, Male, Female, Mixed and School choirs since his early teens. He has held many residencies as a lounge pianist, including current positions at the RAC Country Club and the Petersham Hotel, entertaining clients who have included Henry Mancini, Michael Caine, Johnny Mathis and Tony Curtis. He also had the honour of performing for the Prince and Princess of Wales.
As an accompanist, Gareth is heavily in demand for soloists, music exams, drama groups and choirs. He has accompanied under the direction of John Rutter, Sir David Willcocks and Sir Richard Stilgoe. He is currently accompanist to Leatherhead Choral Society and Organist of FCCS, Claygate.
Gareth has played the organ at 18 UK Cathedrals and been accompanist at the major London concert venues. He has composed seven children’s cantatas, over 40 Christmas carols, sacred and secular vocal music, instrumental and orchestral works. Some of these have premiered at the RAH, Barbican, Dorking Halls and Guildford Cathedral. Spare moments might find him pottering with musical arrangements for choirs and ensembles.
Hannah Stanley is a former Music Scholar of Sir William Perkins’s School, where she performed the Schumann Piano Concerto in A Minor with the Chamber Orchestra from Royal Holloway, University of London.
She studied piano with James Lisney, and later with Enloc Wu at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music, where she also studied saxophone with Sarah Markham and Mornington Lockett. She regularly accompanies local choirs and musical theatre groups.