Richard Bovington


Born 21.3.51, and brought up in Oxfordshire where mum and dad ran the local shop. School at Burford – athletics, rugby, football, drama, but no singing.

Wanted to join RAF as a pilot but failed maths ‘O’ level (3 times).

Huddersfield Polytechnic to train as a teacher of English and drama. Discovered beer, proper fish and chips, houses with no inside bathroom, pie and peas, girls who smoked Park Drive and drank pints, and the joys of playing third team rugby.

First job – an ICI truck driver, collecting empty chemical drums – came home all colours of the rainbow.

First teaching job at Kirkburton secondary school – taught Art, History and RE (no English).

After 2 years, English at Shelley High – been there 31 years (I must like it). Now head of sixth form English.

Married 30 years. Two children, Laura 18, James 15.

First music – Tamla Motown. Then became a hippy – Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin. Still listen to 60’s music along with Killers, Artic Monkeys. Very interested in early Delta blues. Also golf, walking.

Choir is a complete change from work – real sense of identity and camaraderie. Good to meet a range of people outside education. I’ve learned a lot about music and visited some interesting places (and Llandudno). It’s fine as it is – not interested in competition singing – a few more up to date, secular pieces would be nice.