Born in Bradford in July 1984, Gareth Gates always knew he wanted to be a performer. It’s well known as a young boy he was head chorister for Bradford Cathedral Choir and performed solo for the Queen when she visited in 1997. What’s less well known is that he has a natural gift for music and, as well as being a faultless vocalist, he is an accomplished musician, playing piano and guitar to the highest standard.
In 2002, Gareth was famously runner-up to Will Young in the UK’s first Pop Idol. Instead of disappearing into ‘pop oblivion’, he carved out a very successful career for himself, having hits and travelling worldwide. Gareth sold 5 million records worldwide, released three albums and had five UK number-one singles. He won record of the year in 2002 and with that had the second best-selling single of the ‘noughties’ with ‘Unchained Melody’. Outside of the UK, Gareth was awarded Best International Male in 2003/04 from MTV Asia, MTV China and MTV Taiwan.
In 2008, Gareth donned the sequins and Lycra every Sunday night to take part in the hit ITV1 show Dancing on Ice, in front of millions of TV viewers, coming fourth in the competition. Not bad for someone who couldn’t even stand up on the ice at the beginning!
Post-Dancing on Ice, Gareth decided to change musical direction and accepted the lead role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. It was a role he first played at the tender age of eight in school and proved to be an ideal start to his theatrical career. During this time, Gareth also tackled his first pantomime as Prince Charming in Cinderella at Wimbledon Theatre, to which he thoroughly enjoyed.
In 2009, Gareth auditioned for, and impressed, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, which led to him playing the role of Marius in the 25th anniversary tour of Les Misérables. This mammoth ten-month tour played to sell-out audiences as far afield as Manchester, Norwich, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Paris, Bristol and Southampton, ending at the Barbican in London with 22 special performances at the show’s original home. This brand-new production featured new direction, staging and arrangement – and Gareth wowed audiences up and down the country, and a new cast recording was also made. Following on from this successful stint, Cameron Mackintosh asked Gareth to resume the role in the West End, which finished in June 2011.
In the autumn of 2011, Gareth spent time planning and filming a documentary that showed the struggle faced by people with a stammer, Gareth Gates: Stop My Stutter. This emotional journey followed Gareth as he taught young people with a stammer the McGuire technique, in a bid to change their lives. Gareth, now a qualified teacher, spent four days teaching these students and learning about their individual goals and challenges.
In June 2012, Gareth took on his most challenging role to date, one that contained more speech than he has had to tackle before. He played the have-it-all rich kid Eddie in the brand-new musical Loserville at West Yorkshire Playhouse – doubly enjoyable, as he got to work in his home county and spend time with his family.
Following this, Gareth joined the cast of Legally Blonde on its UK tour, playing the role of Warner. In addition to this, he toured with a new production of Boogie Nights with The Osmonds, and even sang ‘Puppy Love’ to delighted crowds! He also appeared on the second series of the popular ITV2 show The Big Reunion, which saw him join other pop stars in creating a new boy band, Fifth Story, who appeared at a sold-out concert at the Hammersmith Apollo, London.
In addition to releasing The Very Best of Gareth Gates in 2014, Gareth continues to tour, write and produce music. 2016 saw Gareth launch his new venture ‘Cuppanut’ – a coconut hot infusion. An idea he dreamt up and made a reality, as an alternative to caffeinated drinks, it has since been exclusively stocked by Holland and Barrett and has recently scooped eight top food awards!
This year Gareth has just finished touring the UK with Footloose the Musical, where he played the comedy role for the first time! He loved it.
He’s thrilled to be coming back to Peel!
Femme Fatale or just fisherman’s folklore? There’s something fishy about Queenie’s Plaice but what is it? Dive into the murky and mysterious life of sunset cities original burlesque Belle, Queenie.There’ll be feathersThere’ll be fish punsThere’ll be. .. foul play
Yes, they are back!
One of the Island’s most popular bands, Retrospect are going to be back filling our Theatre with their energetic mix of powerhouse timeless classics.
Bring your dancing shoes and bags of energy so you can shake your tail feather!
Night Owl Shows invites you on a journey following the captivating world of 007 and the voices that have accompanied this story over the last five decades.
The show (with professional live band) delivers with unparalleled passion, electric renditions of hits such as Diamonds are Forever, Licence to Kill, Nobody Does it Better and Skyfall. With a live band comprising some of the country’s finest players, ‘Voices of Bond’ is a show you will not want to miss.
Derek has been a member of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra since 2004, has led Sax Appeal for over thirty years, fronts the funk/fusion band Protect the Beat, and is a member of the Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion.
He is renowned for his energetic, vibrant, passionate and charismatic performances on all four saxophones – from sonorous baritone to soaring soprano – and is an award-winning performer having received the John Dankworth Award and the British Jazz Award (Small Group) for Sax Appeal. He received Best Jazz CD of the Year for Young Lions, Old Tigers with the late Spike Robinson, receiving the same British Jazz Award for “Joyriding” by The Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet in 2012. He regularly appears in the British Jazz awards nominations in several categories (Alto/Tenor and Baritone) and was nominated for Jazz Musician of the Year by the Global Music Foundation.
As a performer, he has played with Don and Dave Grusin, John Dankworth, Ray Gelato, John Ehteridge, Russell Ferrante, Nelson Rangell, Snake Davis, Bob Dorough, Oscar Castro Neves, Lillian Boutte, Clare Teal, Jamie Cullum, Humphrey Lyttelton and Alan Barnes. He has also worked with boogie-maestro Ben Waters, appearing on his CDs Shakin’ in the Makin’, Hurricane and Boogie for Stu (alongside Keith Richards) and performing a series of dates with Axel Zwingenberger, Dave Green and Charlie Watts.
And that’s just Derek! The other 5 members (Satan Bharj, Marc Cecil, Andy Staples, Neil Angilley, Dominic Ashworth) in the band are equally as prolific and this is not a show to be missed.
A film night celebrating all things Manx…
The premiere of 7 new films about the Isle of Man, its culture and its people – murder, traditions, dandelion tooters, disgusting cooking & more – but unlike any other film screening:
* With Mera Royle Music performing live to never-before-seen drone footage of some of the Isle of Man’s most beautiful landscapes.
* Conversations with some of the Isle of Man’s most exciting and innovative film makers
* The recording of a Manx Radio interview in front of the live audience for later broadcast
* The evening will culminate in the premiere of ‘Cornaa’, a collaboration between visionary film-maker, Brook Wassall, and award-winning harpist, Mera Royle, which is likely to be one of the most beautiful films you will ever see about the Isle of Man.
The Culture Vannin Film Night will take place on Thursday 27 June at the Peel Centenary Centre at 7.30pm
Tickets are £5 and are available online, at Culture Vannin, Celtic Gold (Peel) or Shakti Man (Ramsey).
More information: https://www.culturevannin.im/news_story_581540.html