John Pearce DPSI (German)
This page was updated in May 2016
John grew up with music as an important part of his life and trained with the Royal School of Church Music. He sang as a treble and later alto in notable church choirs in the Medway area, including St George's HMS Pembroke, St Mark's Gillingham and St Barbara's Garrison Church in Old Brompton.
In addition to singing alto in the choir at Gillingham Grammar School, he was a timpanist in the school orchestra. After leaving school in 1963 he became a professional bass guitarist/vocalist with several successful bands. In 1968 after touring for four years, he made an unusual career transition and joined Kent County Constabulary.
He served for thirty years, mainly with the Criminal Investigation Department and in 1982 became a member of Kent Police Male Voice Choir. It was in 1984 that he led the choir's first tour of Germany (of which there have now been many). He is fluent in German and has not only taught the language, but also presented choir and Kent Police Band concerts whilst on tour in Germany. He was the choir's secretary for fourteen years and since retirement in 1998 he has continued as a committee member fulfilling roles as concert manager, website manager and vice chairman. Sadly, John was forced to give up singing regularly with the choir in 2012. Nowadays he occasionally plays guitar at our concerts as one half of a guitar/piano duo.
After retirement from Kent Police, John joined a tour company in Hythe and soon became their group sales manager. He is now very busy playing bowls, following rugby union, playing his collection of guitars and enjoying the company and fun of his two young grandsons.
In 2013, in recognition of his outstanding service to the choir, John was appointed Honorary Vice President.