Gareth Gates performs past and present hits

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Multi-million selling singer Gareth Gates will be performing a selection of new material, old songs and popular tracks at The Capitol, Horsham, on Sunday, September 29.

The show starts at 7.30pm.

Born in Bradford in July, 1984, Gareth Gates always knew he wanted to be a performer.

As a young boy he was head chorister for Bradford Cathedral Choir and performed solo for the Queen when she visited in 1997.

In 2002 Gareth was famously runner up to will Young in the UK’s first Pop Idol, but instead of disappearing into ‘Pop Oblivion’ he carved out a successful career for himself, having hits and travelling worldwide.

In the UK alone Gareth sold 3.5 million records, released three albums and had four UK number one singles. He won record of the year in 2002 and has the second best selling single of the ‘noughties’ with Unchained Melody.

Gareth was only beaten for best-selling single of the decade by Will Young with the song Evergreen. Outside of the UK Gareth was awarded Best International Male in 2003/4 from MTV Asia, MTV China and MTV Taiwan.

Gareth continued to struggle with his speech during this time but decided to take positive action and enrolled on the McGuire Programme.

This changed his life both personally and professionally.

From being unable to partake in a pre-recorded interview without agonising discomfort he made a charming appearance on the Jonathan Ross show in 2007.

Gareth has since trained and is a qualified McGuire Programme course instructor, but still has to work on his speech on a daily basis. Visit www.mcguireprogramme.com.

In 2008 Gareth appeared on the ITV1 TV show Dancing on Ice, in front of millions of TV viewers, coming fourth in the competition. Gareth then changed musical direction and accepted the lead role in Joseph And His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

In 2009 Gareth auditioned and impressed Sir Cameron Mackintosh, which lead to the role of Marius, in the 25th anniversary tour of Les Miserables.

This mammoth 10-month tour played to sell out audiences as far a field as Manchester, Norwich, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Paris, Bristol and Southampton.

The tour ended at the Barbican in London with 22 special performances at the show’s original home.

In June 2012 Gareth took on his most challenging role to date and played rich kid Eddie in the brand new musical Loserville at West Yorkshire Playhouse. While this role was coming to an end, Gareth was already rehearsing for Legally Blonde, as he was to join a touring production that was going to play out the last three months of the hugely successful show in the UK.

Tickets for Gareth Gates at The Capitol cost £20. Call the box office on 01403 750220 or visit www.thecapitolhorsham.com.