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Registered Charity No: 1104652 Site by: LDS Ltd
Maintaining the tradition of English Male Voice Choirs
2nd Bass -
I’m one of the most recent members of the choir and the second one from Belfast. I started singing there in St Marks and at Campbell College. Moving over to England resulted in a prolonged respite when it remained bottled up for 38 years. I just hope it’s not past its best now that it’s been uncorked again! My first posting in my engineering career took me to Angus at Bentham where I fell in love with the people and the country of the Dales and Lakes. Work took me North to the offshore industry in Aberdeen and then around the world. My colleagues referred to me as the Prophet of Doom and God of Fire as I helped to predict and prepare for the unthinkable. I knew where I wanted to live when I retired and now I’m back again, attempting to keep geriatric automobiles on the road, indulging my latest passion for sand yachting and of course, enjoying singing again.
Although born in Cheshire, I always consider myself a Lancastrian having spent all of my school years there. After studying electrical engineering in Birmingham, I spent ten years as a research and development engineer with G.E.C., Plessey and Texas instruments before moving on to a management career in the service and engineering industries.
By the time my 50th birthday had arrived, the life of a globe trotting senior executive had become less attractive. I took the somewhat reckless decision to re-
My interest in singing started with the local church choir as a boy soprano and continued with various other mixed choirs until pressures of business life had to take precedence. The freedom of retirement has now enabled me to return to singing and I sang in my first concert with the Choir -
Since retiring from Greater Manchester Police as a Detective Chief Inspector, I have lived on the outskirts of Hawkshead enjoying the Lake District in its ever changing seasons. I found that I could not retire completely and for many years I have been employed as Clerk to Hawkshead Parish Council and work as a volunteer caseworker for The Royal British Legion. This, together with two daughters and five grandchildren, keeps me fairly busy.
Two years ago, I took up the challenge of sailing round Great Britain which included a two day examination in The Solent to pass my RYA Yachtmaster Certificate. Last year I increased my sailing experience with a trip from the Netherlands to Alicante, crossing Biscay in gale force winds!
Apart from the open countryside and thrill of fellwalking, I occupy my leisure time as a member of Hawkshead Bowling Club and listening to live and recorded music. I have enjoyed listening to K Shoes Male Voice Chior, Kendal for many years. My late wife encouraged me to take up an open invitation to join but I never did. However, when I was lucky enough to marry for a second time, Hilary persuaded me to go along to a rehearsal. It is one of the best things I have ever done. The camaraderie, the banter between sections and the sheer enjoyment of making music for other people to enjoy with various charities benefiting financially is very rewarding.
I am a relatively new member of the choir, joining in September 2008, having just moved to the Lake District. Previously I had been a member of the Poynton Male Voice Choir in Cheshire. My working career started as an engineering apprentice, and via national service in the R.A.F. into further and higher education. I joined the staff at Stockport College in 1963 and after successive promotions became Head of Faculty of Engineering. After two heart attacks and by-
My wife Margaret and I came to the Lakes on honeymoon in 1960 and fell in love with the area. We kept up our love affair with the area and bought a static caravan at Pooley Bridge and then an apartment in Bowness. We finally made the move to the Lakes in 2008 and are very happy in Ambleside.