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is an internationally renowned and multi-award-winning flutist, composer, arranger and educator who travels the globe every year leading an enviably diverse, innovative, creative and exciting musical career. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, he attended the Guildhall School of Music & Drama from 1999-2003 and is currently based in London.

While still only a second year undergraduate student,  as well as beginning to play professionally in London's West End theatres, Gareth was invited to record a track for the CD Songs for Alexander with the World famous flutist Sir James Galway and harpist Marisa Robles. Following his graduation in 2003, he was awarded the prestigious Ian Fleming Award from the Musicians Benevolent Fund, and a Countess of Munster Musical Trust Award. After a year of postgraduate study, he was awarded a principal flute position in Southbank Sinfonia for their 2005 season. 

As a performer, Gareth is in demand as a soloist, recording artist, orchestral and chamber musician. He has given many hundreds of performances across four continents, and has led masterclasses and education events for thousands of flute players of all ages and abilities. Gareth has been principal flute of the critically acclaimed Heritage Orchestra since 2009 - playing concerts all over the UK, Europe & The Middle East including concerts and tours with Tim Minchin; Antony & The Johnsons; Sparks; Jane Birkin; Ben Folds; Goldie; Tim Exile; Ibiza Classics; BBC Proms performances with Jamie Cullum in 2010, Pete Tong in 2015 and the Scott Walker Prom in 2017.

Frequently in the Recording Studio - Gareth has recorded both as a soloist and in orchestra in Abbey Road, Air Studios, Angel, Eastcote, Kore, Fish Market and Retreat Studios for many TV, Motion Picture & Computer Game soundtracks, as well as for General Release Albums and Library Music. A regular in the pit orchestras of London’s West End, Gareth has played in numerous shows including Miss Saigon, Wicked, The Lion King, The Wizard of Oz, Love Never Dies, The Beautiful Game, Oliver! & The Lord of the Rings.

GARETH MCLEARNON