Gareth Malone, who was a star in America’s pop music scene, returns to help mentor singers.

  • Gareth Malone won a No.1 Christmas with the Military Wives Choir in 2011.
  • He left the UK to start a singing program, and is currently back in the UK.
  • Malone has been mentoring singers hailing from the worst affected areas of England by coronavirus 










As he shared the joy and wonder of singing choral to the masses, his career reached a new height.

Gareth Malone decided to reclaim his television stardom, and now he’s focusing on getting a song in the hearts of those living in areas of England that have been worst affected by Covid.

He is a presenter, musician and broadcaster of 46 years. In 2011, he was ranked No. 1 on Christmas with Military Wives and launched a US show. 

He told the Daily Mail: ‘For me what’s really important is not to feel a pressure of escalation.

Gareth Malone, 46, who scored a Christmas No 1 in 2011 with the Military Wives choir and later launched a show in the US, admitted he is not keen on matching the international fame of TV chef Gordon Ramsay.

Gareth Malone (46), who achieved a Christmas No. 1 with Military Wives in 2011, and then launched a US show, said he doesn’t want to match the fame enjoyed by Gordon Ramsay.

The father-of-three¿s latest venture, Blackburn Sings Christmas, sees him mentor singers from staff at Royal Blackburn Hospital and families hit by Covid.

The father-of-three’s latest venture, Blackburn Sings Christmas, sees him mentor singers from staff at Royal Blackburn Hospital and families hit by Covid.

‘There was a period where I got very caught up…I started [choir work] in a school and then I did a town and then I did the Military Wives and that went national – and then I did Sing While You Work and it got bigger and bigger.

‘And then I went to America and I filmed over there and it was like “Am I going to be Gordon Ramsay at the end of this? What’s going to happen?”

‘I felt like I’ve kind of pulled back from that over the past few years. It’s not really why I’m in this … I’ve always got pots boiling, but for me it’s about responding to what’s going on, working with people and trying to help them make music out of it.’

He added: ‘I’ve tried to shrug off the choirmaster [image]…It’s never for me been about the choir – it’s always been about the people and their stories and why you want to make music.’ 

The father-of-three’s latest venture, Blackburn Sings Christmas, sees him mentor singers from staff at Royal Blackburn Hospital and families hit by Covid. 

Tanviha Quraishi Akhtar (37), a trainee clinical scientist, is part of the group. She was almost killed by this virus.

Following her 33-week-old pregnancy, Covid struck and she died.

Tanviha Quraishi-Akhtar with her daughter Sonumand son Kameel. Tanviha was 33 weeks pregnant with her son Kameel in Feb this year when she contracted Covid. She started getting breathless on Day 7 and was admitted to ICU, had an emergency C-section the following day (9th Feb). On the 17th she was ventilated and came round on April 1st.

Tanviha Qraishi-Akhtar, her daughter Sonum and son Kameel. Tanviha, 33 weeks pregnant with Kameel when she was diagnosed with Covid. After becoming breathless, Tanviha was admitted to ICU and had an emergency C/section on the 9th of February. The 17th was her ventilated. She came back on April 1.

Kameel’s mother had to have an emergency caesarean to give birth to her baby. However, doctors advised her husband that she might suffer from organ failure or die within 24 hours of being placed on a ventilator. 

However, she later recovered and now says: ‘I’m incredibly lucky.’ 

Malone said he was ‘really anxious’ about getting the show’s tone right, adding: ‘How do we do a celebratory concert? 

‘I just felt there was considerable risk of it just not being tasteful.’ 

This show will air on BBC2 on Wednesday, December 23, at 8pm.

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