Indifferent cello playing lead adventitiously to a management traineeship with a well-known retail chain for Ian Garner. The interview consisted wholly of a discussion of the Elgar concerto, so he was in.
The opportunity to embark on a stage management career with, initially, ‘Opera for All’ was both more enticing and lasting, meandering as it did through Glyndebourne, the Royal Opera House, and the Scottish and Welsh companies. After a final appointment as production manager in straight theatre a growing family’s need to settle meant a retreat back to Sussex and retraining in accountancy.
Thirty years on, the eureka moment when it all balances is still enjoyed. He is now to be found in quires and places where they sing, as a struggling tenor or in the safer register of first bass.