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Neville Gibbings

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My interest in music began at an early age, I would write a stave of music in a music book without my Dad knowing. I soon channelled my effort to Church Music, at first singing in a Church Choir, then I was lucky enough to be accepted on a Scholarship to Exeter Cathedral as a Chorister in 1979. I made quite an impact with a powerful voice (described by the then Organist and Master - Lucian Nethsingha as "oversinging") However in Mr Nethsingha's last report said "He has had an incredible influence and will be sadly missed." Herbert Howells is one of my great influences although my singing career has taken in many composers of many nationalities. I have studied music with some notable composers and teachers, John Rutter, and Scott Stroman to name but a few. From 1995-9, I continued my Cathedral Choir career as a Tenor Lay Vicar, and have acquired a Certificate in Music Studies from Goldsmiths College (University of London). I returned to the West Country in 2003 and now regularly sing at Buckfast Abbey as a Cantor and Lay Clerk of the Abbey Choir. I look forward to reading any reviews of my music!