The Solent Male Voice Choir celebrates its 60th anniversary

In its 60th anniversary year, the Solent Male Voice Choir is delighted to resume its live concerts in 2021 – it started with a joint concert with Basingstoke MVC on 14 October.

Chairman David McVittie says “Sixty years is worth celebrating.  We shall be holding a celebratory dinner in January when we hope to have many past members joining us.  Our concerts too will reflect our origins, music the Choir has been singing over the past 60 years, including some in Welsh!  All in the name of fun.”

The Choir has members from all over Hampshire and West Sussex and is now led by musical director Huw Thomas.  Huw gained his diploma as Associate of the Royal College of Music and was the former director of music at Bishop Luffa School in Chichester before his retirement.

The musical repertoire is wide and varied, with music chosen to suit the range of voices in the choir and encompasses both classics and more contemporary music. As well as some Welsh classics such as Myfanwy and Gwahodiad ballads such as Portrait of My Love and I Dreamed a Dream from Les Mis are all in the choir’s music folders.  Male Voice classics such as An American Trilogy and Morte Criste are always popular and as Christmas approaches we will be adding some lighter seasonal songs.

Its origins go back to a Portsmouth post office in 1961 when two postmen enjoyed singing so much while sorting letters they decided to form a choir.  In the early years the choir was led by Eddie Faro, an assistant inspector in charge of the sorting team and, in the 70’s, by Bunny Hare, a former Army officer and regimental band M.D.  In those days choir practice was in a series of rooms above several Portsmouth pubs.

Choir practice is now every Tuesday evening at The Pallant Centre in Havant (from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm) and new members who enjoy singing for fun will be warmly welcomed.  Huw is happy for potential members to go along for a few weeks to try them out.  He says “Enthusiasm is key and there is no need to be able to read music.  We’re a really friendly choir, support each other and have quite a few laughs at practice (with an occasional visit to the pub afterwards)!”

Concerts scheduled for the remainder of 2021 are:

Tickets and further details are available via SMVC’s website: solentmalevoicechoir.org.

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