Gary Griffiths - Musical Arranger extraordinaire
Gary was born in 1966 in Wolverhampton and educated at Wolverhampton Grammar School. He joined the school choir as soon as he could, and has been singing in choirs ever since. One his voice broke he became a counter-tenor and sang as soloist in many concerts around Wolverhampton, most notably Messiah and Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb.
He also started to play oboe and percussion, eventually becoming principal oboist of Wolverhampton Youth Orchestra and principal percussionist of Wolverhampton Concert Band. In 1982 the Concert Band won the National Festival of Music for Youth, and was asked to perform in the Schools' Prom in the Royal Albert Hall.
Gary went on from Wolverhampton to York University to study music, and continued to play oboe and percussion, and of course singing. He played or sang in most of the department's ensembles, and formed his own chamber choir of two pianos and percussion to perform contemporary works. He also sang in the Yorkshire Bach Choir under the inspirational directorship of Peter Seymour.
He graduated in 1988 and stayed in York to live, and to work as a Songman in the choir of the beautiful Minster. By now he had become a tenor and began life in the Minster Choir as such, though a few years down the line things (!) were to change again and now he sings Bass.
Wth the Minster Choir he sang in many of the world's great cathedrals and churches in the USA and Europe and many of the major concert halls in the UK. The Choir has made many recordings and broadcasts, working with major stars such as Lesley Garrett and Thomas Allen.
While at University he discovered his love for musical theatre and eventually joined York Light Opera Society, first as a playing chorus member, then becoming their Chorus Master. He also became Musical Director for Pickering Musical Society and Pickering Youth Theatre. It was orchestrating Annie for Pickering that led him to start his own business, arranging and orchestrating for local groups.
He arranges much of the music used by Midland Voices, and in the absence of Barry Todd, was a fantastic support to Chris Wiltshire with the Magic of Disney Show in November 2013.
On the non-musical side, Gary is an excellent cook, and is also a member of the Rollercoaster Club of Great Britain.
Notes accurate as at 30th November 2013