Syd has been co-hosting the Friday evening “Record Requests” show since 2011 and, since he's retired, when not on HRR divides his time between playing golf and singing. His passion for singing began at the age of 8, when his grandmother took him to entertain in old people's clubs in Maidenhead. He then joined church and school choirs and for the past 20 years has been performing barbershop with the Thames Valley chorus.
The first record he remembers buying, back in the fifties, was Bert Weedon's recording of Apache (“I didn't buy the Shadows' version, as I didn't like Cliff Richard”) and he now enjoys all kinds of music from musicals (such as “Les Miserables” which is often in the chorus' repertoire) to Spandau Ballet and rock.
Syd has two secret ambitions (well, they're not so secret any more as Doris Day would have sung!) : to perform at the Albert Hall and to score a hole in one on the golf course (“the nearest I've got so far was about four inches away”).