Gareth studied classical piano under Margaret Bullen and Heather Christian in his native Scarborough. As a teenager he also absorbed jazz under Tony Turner with the school jazz orchestra, regular category winners in the National Festival of Music for Youth, playing/singing with them as far as Manchester (Free Trade Hall), London (Royal Festival/Royal Albert Halls, Covent Garden) and Spain (Teatro Real, Madrid). After completing his grades, Gareth became Associate of the London College of Music aged 17. His studies continued with the late Dennis Matthews and Michael Young at Birmingham Conservatoire. As a postgraduate he returned to Yorkshire to study music education at Bretton Hall and has remained in the area ever since, working variously as secondary music teacher, peripatetic piano teacher and as primary schools pianist/singing educator. Gareth is a keen church worship musician and a published singer/songwriter whose songs have been recorded on both sides of the Atlantic.