Formed in 1940 as the Portsmouth City Police Choir, it was in demand to lift morale and for fund-raising activities in the battered city. After a police reorganisation in 1967, it became the Hampshire Police Male Voice Choir.
The choir is one of the leading male voice choirs from the South of England. It is noted for its magnificent sound and is received with enthusiastic and warm appreciation by the many audiences, large and small, to whom it sings each year. The choir invariably creates a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, whilst maintaining the highest musical standards. Its concerts raise considerable sums of money for charities, and the choir promotes the Hampshire Constabulary’s Crime Prevention, Community Safety and Trading Standards messages.
Our repertoire is extensive and covers all genres of music ranging from the most sacred to sea shanties, folk songs and “show stoppers”. Music from current shows like Les Misérables is popular with audiences who are often asked to re-live the past and recollect melodies from South Pacific, Gilbert & Sullivan and many more. Each performance programme is carefully compiled to take into account the nature of the occasion.
The choir has over fifty members and it is from within its own ranks that soloists are selected; each one capable of singing solos from grand opera to well-known love songs of yesteryear.
New members are always welcome. You do not have to be a policeman – just someone who enjoys singing and would like the opportunity of singing with us. We practise from 19:00 to 21:30 every Wednesday evening at Sarisbury Green Social Club, Addison Road, Sarisbury Green.
Our MD is Geoff Porter. Our accompanist is Nigel Smith.