British Prime Minister Edward Heath, widely celebrated as an amateur sailor, is also a musician of some skill.
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Background: British Prime Minister Edward Heath, widely celebrated as an amateur sailor, is also a musician of some skill.
On Sunday (20 December), he conducted for the 27th time the annual carol concert at home in Broadstairs, Kent, the coastal resort from which he does much of his leisure sailing, and where his father lives.
This was the first year he had conducted as Prime Minister, and it is thought to be the first time any British Prime Minister has conducted a public concert.
Mr Heath, a former chief chorister at the local church of St. Peter, helped to start the Christmas carol concert for local choirs in the 1930's.
This year, although the Prime Minister was conducting, the occasion managed to remain in intimate local affair, despite crowds from outside, police and bodyguards. All 720 seats in the Grand Ballroom were sold out, and a record GBP156 was raised for local charities.
Mr Heath instructed the audience, coaxed timid soloists, jollied everybody along with local jokes, and even sang in the quieter carols.
The more lively carols he conducted with a vigorous, easily followed beat.
Mr Heath had just returned from the United States, and talks in Washington with Mr Nixon.