Christchurch born and bred, Gerald began playing cello in the Christchurch Civic Orchestra in 1970 while studying Geography at the University of Canterbury. After graduating as a secondary school teacher, he spent three years teaching in Palmerston North before returning to take up a fulltime position as an itinerant string teacher in Christchurch secondary schools.
He rejoined the orchestra, now called the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, this time in the viola section and, in more recent years, he has enjoyed playing in the double bass section.
He has eclectic tastes in music and enjoys many aspects of music in the community, from conducting shows for local amateur groups (even appearing on stage in productions), playing in occasional sessions in the local Irish Bar and, for a few years, now, he has been playing violin or double bass in Tango La Luna, New Zealand’s only genuine tango band.
His other part time occupation for the last fifteen years has been assisting his wife Pauline in the running of their very busy bed and breakfast, at least until the earthquakes of 2011. Over the years, they have enjoyed hosting many musical guests as well as, mainly overseas tourists.
His main life-long passion, apart from music, is yachting. He grew up racing dinghies in Christchurch before graduating to trailer yachts and finally a 35-feet sloop in which he spent many spare weekends cruising around Banks Peninsula. Unfortunately, with the acquisition of the B and B, sailing has taken a back seat and now his sailing activities are confined to an occasional charter in some warmer clime.