My friend, Ian Humphris bought a cottage in Halesworth. Ian thought the town was lovely, but it lacked one important thing - a choir. I introduced him around to the right people, and the Halesworth Festival Voices became a reality. I thought I probably ought to join myself, and before I knew otherwise, Ian decided I should be chairman. I didn't have the sense to protest at the time - so here I am - end of story.
When did you first get involved in singing?
My first musical experience was singing in the local church choir, but I really hadn't done much singing until I joined the Voices. In many ways, I've been surprised how much I enjoy it, and the experience of singing in a choir. It is a great group experience, and I enjoy discovering a whole new repertoire and performing it.
You have a very illustrious past as an instrumentalist, though, don't you? Tell us a bit about this.
I started playing the trombone at a young age, going on to study at the Royal Academy of Music, then serving in the Coldstream Guards Band as a National Serviceman. My career has been as a professional trombonist - starting with Sadlers Wells Opera, then the Halle Orchestra with Sir John Barbirolli, followed by nearly 30 years with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under a string of famous conductors.
You are now retired and live the country life in Suffolk - but you can still be spotted with trombone in hand?
After I retired, I freelanced in London for a while, but am very happily settled in Suffolk now. I continue to play in choral and symphony concerts around East Anglia, but I am delighted to be able to indulge my passion for jazz.
I now have my own regular gig at The Angel Hotel in town, and I'm always finding wonderful colleagues to jam with in the area.
And you're a keen supporter of the Halesworth Arts Festival?
Yes, I'm proud to be part of the team. It's great to be able to bring so many top quality artists to our small town in Suffolk - and I'm particularly proud when the Voices feature in the Festival, and I put in my bit from the basses!