Harrow Apollo Male Choir, based in Pinner, is celebrating music director David Heasman, who joined the group 50 years ago.
David joined the choir in 1963 after spotting a letter in the local newspaper from the then-secretary appealing for members. In 1972, when the choir’s director Emlyn Griffiths could no longer work, David found himself in the director’s seat at a moment’s notice.
David said: “The fact of the matter is that I never wanted to be the music director of the Apollo Choir, but somehow it just happened.
“During the following 50 years, the choir has become a major part of my life and that of my family.”
The choir has travelled across the country to more than 500 events, from care homes to hospices, charitable performances to civic events, sharing their love for music and singing with all.
Chair of the choir Richard Evans said: “David’s willingness to take the choir to fundraising events at different locations has enabled the choir to help raise more than £170,000 in the last 25 years for more than 100 charities.
“His drive and determination have ensured the continued survival of a choir giving great pleasure and support to so many. The choir’s motto is ‘To sing is to serve’. He has truly achieved this.”
David added: “Should you ask me what has given me the greatest pleasure during my time with the choir, I would have to say that it has been getting to know a wide variety of interesting people from diverse backgrounds.”