REGINALD SEARLE - Musical
Director studied at
the Royal College of Music
before graduating in 1963. He taught in two London schools and worked part time in the music
profession, singing a range of music from opera to
television variety shows. He then taught in Suffolk for
five years before moving to Longsands School, St.
Neots, as Director of Music. He founded the
Longsands Choral Society in 1971 to enable the
school choir to perform much more ambitious works than
had previously been the case. Financial pressures soon required
that the Society became independent under its present name St. Neots Choral Society.
He changed to teaching Mathematics in 1975 when he became a Housemaster at the school. He
also returned to solo singing at that time and has sung with several societies in the
In 1989, with more than a little encouragement from his wife, he founded the
St. Neots Sinfonia, which has since given 3 or 4 performances per year of works from the standard
He took early retirement from Longsands in July 1994 when the pastoral structure of the
school was re-organised. This has enabled him to concentrate on writing more music than
was the case hitherto.