Kerry Minnear

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Kerry Minnear
Birth nameKerry Churchill Minnear[1]
Born (1948-01-02) 2 January 1948 (age 70)
Shaftesbury, Dorset, England
Associated actsGentle Giant

Kerry Churchill Minnear (born 2 January 1948, in Shaftesbury, Dorset, England)[2] is a classically trained multi-instrumentalist who played in the progressive rock band Gentle Giant during the 1970s.

Minnear received a classical music education at the Royal Academy of Music, with a degree in composition.

Contributing to the band's success as one of the composers and arrangers, Kerry, unlike most of the keyboardists of his time, chose to create natural sounds from his keyboards.[citation needed] Like the other members of Gentle Giant, he is quite adept on a number of instruments including the cello, drums, guitar,[3] bass, idiophones, recorder, vibraphone, theremin, and timpani.

Minnear also composed the soundtrack to the 1996 video game Azrael's Tear, along with bandmate Ray Shulman.[4]

He now lives in Solihull (West Midlands) with his wife Lesley and has three children, Sally, Sam and Susie. Still part of the Gentle Giant franchise, he also composes for film and television.

In the years since the disbanding of Gentle Giant, Minnear has been a member of The Reapers during the 1980s. He has also been a teacher and, being a Christian, a church musician [5] He and his wife Lesley own Alucard Music, which releases Gentle Giant CDs and DVDs.

His son Sam Minnear is a founding member of alternative pop band Misty's Big Adventure.


  1. ^ "Kerry Churchill Minnear". DirectorCheck. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  2. ^ Gentle Giant at NME
  3. ^ [1] Archived 16 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Azrael's Tear - Details". Metacritic. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  5. ^ Mojo interview with Kerry Minnear, archived on Gentle Giant homepage, retrieved 23 October 2008

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