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Gareth sings at Number 10!March 3rd, 2016
A music scholar who was invited to sing for the Prime Minister at his famous Downing Street home says the experience will stay with him forever.
Gareth, a pupil at Monmouth School, recently got the opportunity to perform for David Cameron with Only Boys Aloud, the choir he joined three years ago.
The 18-year-old and his group sang Welsh hymn, Calon Lân, as it was St David’s Day, as well as an original piece called Try Again written by members of the choir.
Gareth said: “Receiving the invitation alone was something I will never forget and walking through those gates, and then through the prestigious front door of No.10 will stay with me forever.
“It was all very surreal as I walked up the grand staircase inside, seeing all the portraits of past Prime Ministers, thinking that these were the very steps that our current PM walked, but also some of the greats before him.”
The promising young singer, who won a music scholarship to study at Monmouth, has been accepted to study Music BMus (Hons) at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and has also been offered the David Lloyd vocal scholarship to study music at Cardiff University.
He hopes to pursue music as a career path, composing and performing.
“We mingled with some prominent guests which included the Welsh Secretary of State (Stephen Crabb), Gethin Jones, Connie Fisher, Old Monmothian Richard Parks and the Principal of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (who congratulated me on my place at the college), among others,” Gareth added.
“We were then presented and performed our two pieces, which went exceedingly well, after a speech from the PM. Overall the experience is one that I will remember throughout my musical career, and perhaps it is a venue I might sing at again.”
Through Only Boys Aloud and its Academi (top 32 boys selected by audition), Gareth has sung at many prestigious venues, including a performance with Katherine Jenkins in Swansea.
He will be singing with the star again at Hampton Court Palace in June.
And on Friday, March 18, the teen and his choir will be joined by Only Men Aloud to perform at the opening of Sports Relief, which will be televised live on BBC One from the Olympic Park.