About  the ​Solent Male Voice Choir

The Solent Male Voice Choir is a member of the National Association of Choirs.

Harry Middlebrooks/ Bruce Belland

Members of the SMVC based in Havant, Hampshire all in good voice

Our President

Canon Tom Kennar took up his post at "vibrant" old Havant Church to become the parish priest for St Faith’s Church, in the centre of Havant, and St Nicholas Church, Langstone in February 2015.  He was an area dean for Portsmouth, and has substantial connections with churches in West Africa, where he is the Honorary Canon of two cathedrals in Ghana, Cape Coast and Ho (Volta Region). As well as being the Rector of St Faith's Tom is an accomplished musician and singer.

​He has also added to his busy workload by becoming the Solent Male Voice Choir's President.

Solent Male Voice Choir, Hampshire, UK
Solent Male Voice Choir, Hampshire, UK President Tom Kennar

Our repertoire is wide and varied.  Like most male voice choirs the music is chosen to suit the range of voices and the ability of the choir. The choir is divided in to four parts: Tenor One; Tenor Two; Baritones and Basses. Most of our music too is in four parts but sometimes only two parts and once in a while five or six. We are a Portsmouth choir, based in Havant but have members from all over Hampshire. We sing for fun!

Committee and Section Leaders

Our Musical Director is Geoff Porter

In 2014 Geoff Porter, B.Ed (Hons),  joined The Solent Male Voice Choir as a Deputy Musical Director and since his arrival the Male Voice Choir’s repertoire now includes music especially arranged for them by him.  Geoff has been a Musical Director for Chichester & Littlehampton Operatic Societies, Opera South, Bognor Regis Music Club and Havant Light Opera. He is also a presenter on Angel Radio which is based in Havant.

What would I do without my music,

What would I do without my song?

Greg Gilpin

Geoff Porter, B.Ed (Hons) Musical Director, SMVC, Hampshire

Huw Thomas

accompanist and deputy musical director.

Born in Llanelli,South Wales Huw studied music at the local grammar school where he played piano, organ and trumpet and sang in the choir. Huw emerged from Bath University with a BA Honours in Music. He studied and gained his diploma as Associate of the Royal College of Music. A teaching post at Tiffins Boys School, Kingston led to promotion as director of music at Bishop Luffa School,Chichester.

Huw joined the SMVC in September, 2018  and has enjoyed playing the diverse range of music in the choir’s repertoire…”reminds me of my younger days listening to dad singing with the Llanelli Male Voice Choir,” he says,

ChairmanCharles McAndrew
Choir SecretaryDavid Stretton
TreasurerMervyn Turk
Stage ManagerBob Crutchley
Publicity OfficerDavid Stretton

Section Leaders
1st TenorsBob Crutchley
2nd TenorsDavid Lusby
BaritonesPeter Levesque
BassesGeorge Gadsby

First AiderBob Crutchley

Music build a bridge, it can tear down the walls. 

Music is a language that can speak to one and all.