Alwyn Kirk  Deputy Conductor  Sleaford Choral

Born and bred in Skegness, in 1949, Alwyn has lived in Lincolnshire for all but six years. After primary school, Alwyn went to Skegness Grammar School and, as a member of the choir, he sang in a joint production of Benjamin Britten's Noyes Fludde in the mid 60's with Owen Brannigan and Sheila Rex. 

Alwyn trained as a teacher at Southlands College of Education and then taught in SE London for two years, before getting married and coming to live in Ruskington in 1972. He taught at Billinghay Primary School and Cranwell Primary School, before early retirement in 2003.

Alwyn conducted the Cranwell Singers who staged Gilbert and Sullivan productions in RAF Cranwell Whittle Hall, He did this from 1984, until he spent a year in Nova Scotia with his family in 1988 to 1989 on a teacher's exchange. He sang in Stainers's Crucifixion there and ran a small Men's Choir.

Alwyn joined Sleaford Choral Society in about 1975 and was secretary from late 70' s until going to Canada, when Yvonne Double succeeded him.

He still occasionally plays and sings with 12 string guitar, and has been Musical Director of the Heckington Players since 1995. He achieved Grade 8 piano at the age of 38, (slow learner!) and has been organist at Ruskington All Saints' Church since 1999.

Alwyn has also written several school musical plays, the best known perhaps being adapted from The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde.