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Introduction

About the choir

This section introduces you to some key people and legal information.

People:

  • "Committee" introduces key members of the Executive Committee.
  • "Music Team" introduces the musicians who lead us.
  • "Music Team Article" contains an article about Terri Freeman from the National Association of Choirs' News & Views magazine.

Legal:

  • "Accounts" are provided from the past 6 years.
  • "Privacy" lists the Choir's GDPR Privacy Policy.
Geoff Porter – An Introduction

Geoff Porter, conductor, singer, pianist and organist

Geoff brings to us a wealth of experience. Below is an interview he gave recently to Simon O'Hea of the Music in Portsmouth website that gives an insight into his musical background.

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Who or what were the main influences on your decision to pursue a career in music?

I was fortunate to be at The Kings' School, Ely, which was strong in music. I also attended The Mackenzie School of Music and Drama in Cambridge for singing lessons. Subsequently, I secured key roles as a tenor in The Magic Flute by the Ely Opera Group and in A Country Girl by the St. Ives Operatic Society.

Who have been the most important influencers on your musical life?

Dr Arthur Wills, Organist of Ely Cathedral and Director of Music at The Kings' School, taught me piano. At The Teacher Training College at Milton, Portsmouth, Margaret Jewell (Head of Music Department) persuaded me to switch from maths to music and Hugh Davis (Assistant Organist at Portsmouth Cathedral and conductor of the Portsmouth Choral Union), my tutor, arranged for me to have singing lessons in London, under the tutelage of the tenor, Gerald English.

Hugh also encouraged me to join The Cathedral Choir and I was appointed to Portsmouth Grammar School as Director of Music for The Lower School. Later, I became Director of Music at St Albans, Havant, where pupils – and I – became accustomed to brass band practice at 8 o'clock in the morning!

What have been the greatest challenges of your musical career so far?

I have been engaged as a tenor soloist for many local choirs. This has led to several memorable and challenging performances, including The Messiah with the Drayton Choral Society (later the Portsmouth Baroque Choir) at Portsmouth Guildhall. Whilst Director of Music at St James' Church, Emsworth, I arranged broadcasts for TV and radio, including Songs of Praise. On two occasions, I sang Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus with The South Downe Music Society at the King's Theatre, Southsea.

What for you are the particular pleasures and challenges of collaborating with other musicians?

Singing with others in a group or choir is always rewarding. As a director, it is so satisfying to see how far people can be encouraged to come on a journey of musical improvement.

How would you describe your musical language?

As a soloist, I liked to bring out the emotion and drama of a piece. As a conductor, I try to work on contrasts of dynamics, rhythm and melody.

How do you work?

I like to choose and conduct pieces that will demonstrate the performers' strengths, with suitable, but challenging material, which I hope the audience will enjoy.

Which works/performances are you most proud of?

I've already mentioned Die Fledermaus. I deputised for Raymond Calcraft as director of music with the Highbury Singers which became The Renaissance Choir. In 1986, in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, I conducted the choir in the pre–performance rehearsal of hitherto unperformed works by Guerrero and Rodrigo, who himself was present. To raise money for Stansted House, I have arranged forty Musical Evenings there in The Music Room. In 2013, I set up Los Ladrones, a vocal quintet. This group specializes in the revival of gems of Victorian and Edwardian British Musical Theatre and especially the lesser known works of Arthur Sullivan.

Are there any composers with whom you feel a particular affinity?

I enjoy the music of Handel and have performed as soloist in The Messiah 13 times. I was a founder member of Havant Light Opera in 1978 with whom I have directed works by Arthur Sullivan, an under–rated composer who wrote many fine pieces, both with and without Gilbert. I have been MD for The Mikado with both Littlehampton and Chichester Operatic Societies.

What is your most memorable concert experience?

13 choirs (over 600 voices) were involved in The 2016 London Welsh Festival of Male Choirs at the Royal Albert Hall. In preparation for this, I navigated The Solent Male Voice Choir through rehearsals, when seven songs had to be sung in Welsh, by heart.

What advice would you give to those who are considering a career in music?

As an amateur, try out lots of different sizes of groups and types of music making, taking any opportunity to perform solos.

How would you define success as a musician/composer?

Simply seeing both performers and audience enjoying a concert.

What are your immediate plans?

After several happy years with The Solent Male Voice Choir, I'm excited about the prospect of conducting The Hampshire Police Male Voice Choir and directing them in the Cornwall International Male Voice Choir Festival in 2021.

Committee

CHOIR COMMITTEE

Chairman: David Paul

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Dave first joined the Choir in 1986 when working as a Customs Officer at Portsmouth Ferry Port. Having worked for nearly 40 years in various Government departments including 10 Downing Street and the MOD, he now works part time as a Registrar of Ceremonies for Hampshire County Council and for Tempforce of Hampshire Police in the vetting unit.

A proud Cornishman, he grew up listening to the sounds of Male Voice Choirs. For 25 years he was the lead singer in a functions band until hanging up his microphone to devote his singing time to the Choir. Dave lives on Hayling Island with his wife Jan and they have three grown up daughters.

Vice Chairman: Simon Baber

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I started singing at the age of 13 at school and stopped when I went to University to study dentistry. I was asked by a patient who sang with HPMVC whether I would like join the choir. I have now retired and am happy to give something back to the choir. I am a keen sportsman, especially golf.

Secretary: Chris Holland

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I joined the choir in May 2013, having moved to the area from North Hampshire where I had been a member of a male voice choir for 24 years, holding various offices there. Retired solicitor, born 1944, widowed with 2 children and 2 grandchildren. Volunteer with National Coastwatch Institution. Other interests include sailing, bird watching, bridge and gardening with the occasional bit of cycling and walking.

Treasurer:
David Hogg

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Librarian:
Jim Travers

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Music Team

MUSIC TEAM

Musical Director: Geoffrey Porter, B.Ed (Hons)

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During the Advanced Music Course at Portsmouth College of Education, Geoff studied with the tenor, Gerald English in London and became a Lay Clerk in Portsmouth Cathedral Choir. He was soloist with many local choral societies.

He has been Director of Music at Portsmouth Grammar School, Lower School and St. Alban’s School, Havant, as well as MD for Opera South and operatic societies in Chichester and Littlehampton. He co-founded Havant Light Opera and The Bognor Regis Music Club Singers.

Geoff runs his own vocal quintet, ‘Los Ladrones’ and was Assistant MD to The Solent Male Voice Choir, becoming MD in 2016.

In 2020, he was appointed Musical Director of The Hampshire Police Male Voice Choir, after the retirement of Terri Freeman.

Accompanist:
Sian Bibby‑Hsia

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Accompanist:
Nigel Smith

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Music Team Article

Music Team – 20+ years

This article is taken from the Spring 2019 edition of News & Views magazine, published by the National Association of Choirs, to which our choir is affiliated.

All choirs come to rely on their musical directors and accompanists to support them in learning music and creating wonderful performances but how many choirs can claim to have had the support and experience of the same musical director and musical accompanists for over twenty years?

Terri Freeman LRAM LTCL FISM joined the Hampshire Police Male Voice Choir in September 1997 as Musical Director and this March will become the longest serving musical director since the choir was formed in 1940. She will be leading a special concert to celebrate this achievement in the same venue as her first concert with the choir, namely All Saints Church Denmead on Saturday 23 March.

The concert will be supported by senior members of Hampshire Constabulary and other members of the community in Hampshire.

Terri will be joined by Nigel Smith our musical accompanist who will have notched up just over 21 years as our accompanist, supporting us in excess of 150 concerts. Sian Bibby–Hsia joined as a second accompanist just over 20 years ago and then added the role of Assistant Musical Director to her portfolio a little later. The three have worked together as a team to ensure that the choir performs to a magnificent standard which is appreciated by all that support the choir and its performances.

The Chief Constable of Hampshire, Olivia Pinkney QPM MA, recognised the long service of all three to the Police Family in recent award ceremonies where the three were accompanied by friends and family.

Colin Swettenham
Chairman
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The Chief Constable of Hampshire presents Long Service Awards
Accounts

ACCOUNTS

2019-20
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2018-19
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2017-18
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2016-17
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2015-16
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2014-15
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Privacy

CHOIR PRIVACY POLICY AND
THE GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION

  1. This information relates to the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which came into effect on 25 May 2018, and which choristers may have seen referred to in the media generally or in communications from other organisations.
  2. If you are content with the information that we hold, how we process it, how we currently contact you etc, then you do not need to do anything. This is because, unlike other organisations who may have been in contact with you in regard to GDPR matters, HPMVC is a membership organisation and so the choir does not need you to grant consent for your information to be used, and choristers do not need to reply or complete any forms for this process to continue.
  3. In any other instances, for example if you are not a choir member but are on our mailing list, then your first action should be to update your preferences by selecting the unsubscribe link in any electronic communication you receive.
  4. The purpose of GDPR is to provide a set of standard data protection laws across the EU, making it easier for everyone to understand how their data is being used and giving individuals greater control over its use.
  5. HPMVC's legal basis for processing this data is the choir's legitimate interest as a membership organisation.
  6. The choir uses the data for the administration of members' membership, the communication of information and the choir's events. We only share members' contact details with Hampshire Constabulary. We do not share supporter's details with anybody.
  7. The person responsible for the data held by HPMVC is the choir's Technical and Data Officer for the time being.
  8. The Technical and Data Officer is responsible for reporting to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) if there is any unauthorised access to the database, or if any data is lost.
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