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Dave Hackett

Dave Hackett



BIRTHPLACE:
I was born and brought up in the village of Cheslyn Hay in the Midlands. My father was organist and choir master with the local Methodist church. He gave organ recitals in such places as Lichfield Cathedral, and he also taught piano. At this time, my main interests were cars and rock music.

EARLY MUSICAL INTERESTS:
I became the "roadie" for a successful local pop group - Johnny Tremain and The Liberties - who supported such acts as The Searchers and The Swinging Blue Jeans etc. Now in our sixties, we still meet up each year for a village hall gig.

YEAR JOINED CHOIR:
I moved to Chippenham in 1969 and joined the choir about 10 years later. It has become a major part of my life together with classic cars and motorbikes.

FAVOURITE CONCERT VENUES:
I greatly enjoy all our choir performances but particually love the events where we get tea and homemade cake afterwards.

MUSICAL LIKES:
It is difficult to say which type of music I most prefer as my love ranges from welsh hymns to Sinatra classics and from barbershop to trad jazz.

MUSICAL DISLIKES:
I dislike modern jazz and current "rap style" music.

MOST MEMORABLE CHOIR MOMENT:
My most memorable choir moment was when we performed at Cardiff Arms Park for the 1994 Ten Thousand Voices concert with Shirley Bassey.

My love of all things Welsh prompted me to seek out a welsh girl for my second wife. After finding Jackie in Cardiff, it came as quite a shock to find that we were both born in the same Midlands town and were brought up only ten miles apart!