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David Sibbald

Speaker Topics

Entertainment & Comedy, Music, TV, History, General Interest

Locations Covered​

- Yorkshire & Humber




Short Notice, 1 Month Minimum, 3 Month Minimum

Profile Bio

A Scot from Edinburgh, David embarked on his radio career at Radio Clyde in the Newsroom. But the attraction of teaching Spanish, Russian, Portuguese and French was too strong to resist and he went on to be a Senior Teacher and a Junior School Head. Now retired, he still finds time for private tutoring.
From 1990, David had his own restaurant in Harrogate, while teaching part-time. He presented regular radio programmes in North Yorkshire and then he found himself doing a daily breakfast show on a community radio station near Harrogate. He now broadcasts to Ex-Pats living in France and Spain.
David has acquired yet another passion – cruising and he gives talks on aspects of British entertainment there.

Talk Description

The Great British Songbook

British music from the 50s, through Lionel Bart, the Beatles and the British Invasion of America up to Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and beyond.

Other Talks

Records Banned by the BBC in the 1940s and 50s. A humorous meander through both decades.

Steptoe & Son – a Happy Family? What was the truth? An insight into the actors’ real relationship.

Dubbing in Hollywood Musicals – often the stars we thought were singing, weren’t!

Judy Garland – a 20th Century icon. Her highs and lows explored, but mainly focusing on the movies of this talented, yet troubled, actress/singer,

Doris Day – everybody’s favourite Hollywood singer and actress. A look at Doris’s early dance band days, through many of her films to her long retirement in California.

The Magic of Fred Astaire in the 1930s & 40s. Hollywood’s favourite song and dance man. A presentation showing how Fred’s talent and charm oozed through these two decades.

The Great American Songbook, focusing on different composers: (e.g. Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren, Neil Sedaka & Gus Kahn).

Scottish Entertainers who made it in England and America – Singers, actors and comedians you may not have known who hail from Scotland.

Two Royal Rulers who lost their heads – one way or another! – Charles I and George III.

The Brontë Sisters – how where they were brought up influenced their writings.

Sherlock Holmes – the famous detective & his creator - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Two very clever people – one real and one fictitious, but both captivating.

Sir Bernard Spilsbury - Home Office Pathologist, who helped convict Dr Crippen, often called 'the real-life Sherlock Holmes' - was he a success or failure?

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