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Gareth Valentine

Gareth Valentine (born 22 November 1956) is a British composer,arranger, conductor and musical director. He has worked extensively in London's West End on musical productions and also conducted orchestras worldwide including the BBC Concert Orchestra, Welsh National Opera Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, RPO Concert Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, ENB Sinfonia, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris and many others. After graduating from the Royal College of Music, London, he studied with Sir Peter Pears at Aldeburgh.[1]

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Early lifeEdit

A native of Cefn Mawr, Valentine was educated at Ysgol Rhiwabon, Ruabon, Wrexham, Wales. He then graduated from the Royal College of Music, London, and later studied with Sir Peter Pears at the Advanced School of Singing and Strings Aldeburgh.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Valentine was composer and music supervisor for Aladdin, the pantomime, at the Old Vic starring Ian McKellen and Roger Allam. His "Requiem" has been performed worldwide to international acclaim and was recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London. He was music supervisor for the Channel 4 television series "Musicality". He was commissioned to arrange George Gershwin's music for a ballet, Strictly Gershwin, for English National Ballet which was presented in 2008 at the Royal Albert Hall, London and which he also conducted. The Times called the musical contribution "outstanding". Strictly Gershwin was presented by Queensland Ballet (2016) and Tulsa Ballet (2018)

CreditsEdit

Valentine has worked extensively in London's West End on many musical productions including:

Singin' In The Rain (Chatelet, Paris) Follies (Royal Albert Hall, London) 42nd Street (Chatelet, Paris)

RecordingsEdit

Album recordings include:

  • Love Never Dies
  • Musicality
  • Anything Goes
  • The Baker’s Wife
  • Company
  • Chicago
  • Kiss of the Spiderwoman
  • Requiem

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