|Norman Hawkins: 1966 - 1968
A true Renaissance man, "The Hawk" was multilingual, fluent in French, German and Russian as well as possessing a wonderful baritone voice, being a fine concert pianist and a conductor of some note. The first professional musician to conduct Harlandic, his contacts in the musical world brought many excellent local soloists to share the stage with Harlandic and the choir once again broadcast prolifically for BBC Radio, where Norman was also a music producer. During Norman's time as conductor the choir also appeared on Songs of Praise for the first time and once again won the male choir competitions at local festivals. Norman tragically died suddenly during his time as conductor and the choir mourned the second loss of a director whose gifts were snatched away too early.