Rod Gooch


My father taught me the banjo-ukele when I was 9 and I’ve been hooked on music ever since. Aged 11, I had a brief encounter with the piano but soon moved on to the guitar and later, with friends, formed a group which, although short-lived, gave me a real appetite for performance. I then went solo, playing the folk music of the time with a smattering of the blues.

As a sponsored student with ICI, I graduated in electrical engineering and spent all my working life in production management at the Leeds Road complex, including the site’s transition to Astra Zeneca and more recently, Sygenta. I took early retirement in 2001, finishing my career as operations manager.

I married Pauline in 1972 and have two sons, Nolan and Marcus, and two granddaughters.

Hobbies include walking, theatre, and modest DIY projects. Pauline and I have taken to having a few more holidays.

I continue to enjoy playing the guitar and ukele, along with the five string appalachian banjo (a recent acquisition) which is turning out to be a greater challenge than I expected.

I’d never thought about choral singing, but after an invite to join the newly formed male voice choir in New Mill, I went to my first rehearsal in May 1992 and was immediately smitten. Now, the choir is a very important part of my life, where performing, although very enjoyable, is almost incidental to the excellent craic and fellowship of rehearsal, eating out and weekends away.