Biographies

Robin Carter – Conductor:

Robin has lived and worked in Boston since 1970. Born in King’s Lynn, Robin started singing as a choirboy and then moved into the brass band world with the King’s Lynn Town Band. An enthusiastic amateur, Robin has been involved in music all his life and, since moving to Boston, has at various times played with Kirton Brass Band, conducted Skegness Silver Band, been Choirmaster of his local church choir and sung with the Boston Choral Society. At other times he has organised and led his own choirs and singers workshops and at present sings with the Nottingham Choral Trust Choral Workshop (based in Coventry) and leads “SingEasy” – a close-harmony vocal group. Always a keen sportsman and gardener, Robin still plays squash regularly in an effort to keep fit.

David Shepherd – Accompanist:

David first received organ tuition at school in Stockport, before continuing lessons at College in Chichester with Dr. John Birch. At the end of this four year period he had gained diplomas in both organ teaching and performance.   He graduated from Sussex University in 1969 with an honours degree in Religious Studies and Education, and taught for a number of years in the South of England. His interest in pipe-organs is broad – he has played the theatre organ for many years and has been a regular broadcaster on Radio 2’s ‘The Organist Entertains’ since its inception. He was formerly organist at St Botolph’s, Boston, and also plays at Holbeach All Saints.

 

Armstrong Leworthy – Website Manager:

Armstrong was classically trained as a treble Choirboy at Christ Church, Swindon under the direction of  Gordon Crabbe. He later sang with the Choirs of Lord Weymouth School and the College of St Paul and St Mary. He has sung at The Royal Albert Hall, Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, as well as many of the Cathedrals around the country. He has also sung at the Royal Albert Hall. Although a Baritone, for many years he has been in demand as a Tenor, and has sung by invitation with a number of leading Choirs. He joined South Holland Singers in 2008, and has since built this website as a major resource for the Choir, our supporters and visitors.

The late Francis Hanson – Life Vice-President:

Francis Hanson MBE was the only remaining founder member, whose service cannot go unacknowledged. Francis was Chairman for the first five years, a committee member for 60 years, Honorary Secretary for 45 years and was honoured by the choir by being appointed Life Vice President. Francis passed away in April 2015 at the age of 90.