David Saint - Resumé
Way back in 1945 I was born in Daventry, a pretty Georgian town in Northamptonshire, right in the heart of England.
It is one of England’s most beautiful and, thankfully, most undiscovered counties.
From school I worked for Bristol Public Libraries and then I completed a three-year course at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. After working in the theatre for a dozen or so years, I was invited by a former member of the Central School staff to be part of the team that created and opened ‘The Dovecot Arts Centre’ in Stockton on Tees, where my jobs included selecting and showing films in the cinema and even cooking in the restaurant!
Then I went to The Bernard Gilpin Society in Durham to begin theological training for the priesthood which continued with a further three years at Salisbury and Wells Theological College.
After ordination in Peterborough Cathedral, I served as curate at All Hallows Parish Church, Wellingborough in Northamptonshire. From there I became Rector of St Luke’s, Kislingbury and Vicar of SS Peter & Paul, Rothersthorpe, two parishes very close to Northampton.
During this time, I was appointed to work at the soon-to-open local BBC Radio Northampton as Religious Affairs Producer. In order to combine parish work and BBC work, I moved to St Augustine’s, Kings Heath, Northampton. On being appointed full time at the BBC as a General Producer, I left the parish and concentrated on journalism.
The following 20 years at the BBC encompassed the following:
- Script writing
- Presenting everything except sport!
- Working with BBC Open University
- Presenting the OU's weekly Radio 4 programme 'Open Forum'
- Being voice-over on countless TV trails, editions of BBC2's 'Weekend Outlook' and training modules
In 2000, I retired from the BBC to concentrate on writing.
One of my great joys is acting as President of The Daventry Choral Society. I love being with the choir and have followed their progress with interest, delight and pride. I was honoured to take over the office from one of my great heroes, Stanley Unwin.
I was elected a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and in 2008 I was invited to become an official Ambassador for Northamptonshire, I didn’t need to be asked twice!