It is difficult to be involved in music in Scotland and not be acquainted with the career of Gordon Cree - in one form or another. Equally well known as a conductor, arranger, pianist, singer, organist and cabaret entertainer, his contribution to the world of music and showbusiness in the UK is arguably the most diverse and multi-faceted of any one individual professional working today.
His orchestral work has taken him throughout the UK and abroad, arranging and conducting for such artistes as Moira Anderson, Peter Morrison, Marilyn Hill Smith, Joan Savage, Danny La Rue and Paul Daniels and having contributed orchestrations to more than forty individual theatre seasons. In 2010 he was proud to have been commissioned to provide the musical arrangements for the funeral service of Sir Norman Wisdom on the Isle of Man and his arrangements of "Eightsome Reels" and "Loch Lomond" have become a fixture with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for the Last Night of the Proms Celebrations, and as encores on their foreign tours.
As a pianist he has accompanied countless major artistes from every part of the spectrum, from Marilyn Horne to Ken Dodd, as well as lending his playing to orchestral events, recitals, jazz gigs and providing background music to formal receptions at many of Scotland's major international conferences. As an organist, in both the classical and light music fields, he remains popular throughout the UK having appeared, recorded and broadcast at some of the UK's most famous organs including the Wurlitzer organs of the Blackpool Tower Ballroom, the Blackpool Opera House, The Free Trade Hall Manchester, Peel Green as well as the Compton Organs of the Stockport Plaza and the Odeon, Leicester Square. He continues to appear frequently entertaining lunchtime visitors to Kelvingrove Art Gallery on their magnificent Lewis Concert Organ.
Gordon's other achievements very often cause his abilities as a singer to be either overlooked or unknown, but over a long career he has worked both as a serious classical singer and as a cabaret artiste, performing as a soloist in concert, recital and oratorio throughout the UK, being guest soloist for many major choirs, orchestras and bands in venues such as the Belfast Waterfront, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and the Usher Hall as well as appearing in entertainment spectaculars throughout the world, including Scotland Forever at the Stardust Room, New York, Variety Spectacular at the Grand Theatre Wolverhampton, topping the bill at the Blackpool Opera House for the 2008 season, combining his talents with those of Roy Hudd for Double Trouble at the Theatre Royal, Margate as well as making countless theatre and cabaret appearances with his singing, multi-instrumental and comedy act throughout the year.
He is proud to be a Council Member of the Scottish Showbusiness Benevolent Fund, active on behalf of the Grand Order of Water Rats and a member of the British Circle of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. In 2008 he was made a Burgess of the City of Glasgow, he currently sits on the Master Court of the Incorporation of Tailors in Glasgow, in 2009 BBC Radio Scotland devoted a "Take the Floor" programme to the life and work (so far!) of Gordon Cree, being described in that broadcast by Robbie Shepherd as being a "modern-day national treasure" and in January 2012 he was awarded the Fellowship of the Guild of Musicians and Singers in London.