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Composer, performer, teacher, music critic, born in New Zealand but living and working in Scotland since 1962.
Graduate of Auckland and Edinburgh Universities. Lessons in composition from Thomas Wilson 1963 - 1965. Registered with General Teaching Council of Scotland. Professional life spent initially as a class music teacher followed by many years as a peripatetic teacher of violin firstly in West Lothian and secondly in Fife, now teaching violin and piano privately at home.
Former member and Scottish correspondent of Composer's Guild of Great Britain (now amalgamated with the British Academy of Composers and Song Writers and registered with the Performing Rights Society (PRS). Now Chairman of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) South East Scotland Centre, proposed for election by John MacLeod. Regular contributor to the ISM journal.
"Three Scottish Takeaways" for variable ensemble, was highly commended in the "Piece of the Year" competition 2004, run by the London Chamber Group. "A Passing Dream", dedicated to the memory of Daniel Pearl, the reporter and musician tragically murdered in Pakistan, has a choral section near the end, performed St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2005.
2007 has been a very creative year, ranging from a 30 minute play for radio to "A Mancini Tapestry" for string quartet, and "A Michael Minstrelsy" for voice and piano, composed in memory of Michael Lester-Cribb, who died a year ago.
It is worth mentioning here "Mass of St. Peter", composed for St. Peter's Church, Streatham, London, for SATB and organ, which has yet to receive a performance. There is also an entry for Temple Music in the form of a short anthem for SATB and organ, the conditions of the entry forbid any further details until the competition is decided.
The nom de plume CHEZZ has now been adopted for most future compositions or arrangements.
For relaxation, Gareth writes short stories on a varied range of topics.