Profiles

Below are profiles of our Musical Directors over the

years

Andrew Cleary   Musical Director  2018 - present

Andrew graduated from the University of East Anglia in 1990. Whilst there he was Organ Scholar at Norwich Cathedral and he worked with the Norwich Philharmonic Choir and the Aldeburgh Festival Chorus. In 1990 he moved to study Organ and Early Music at the RCM, directing the vocal ensemble Nouve Musiche . He became Assistant Organist at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Trafalgar Square in 1991 making regular broadcasts for BBC Radio and Television and directing the St Martin’s Scholars. Currently Andrew is Head of Music at Cams Hill School, Fareham, Director of Music at St Peter’s Bishop’s Waltham, Musical Director of Portsmouth Military Wives Choir,  and Musical Director of Fareham Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra. He has worked as Organist and Music teacher at Pangbourne College and Oundle School, when he directed the St Peter’s Singers in Peterborough. He subsequently held posts as Director of Music at Dean Close School, The Portsmouth Grammar School and Christ’s Hospital. In 2003 he founded and became Musical Director of the Porstmouth Cathedral Girls’ Choir. He conducted Katherine Jenkins and Bryn Terfel as part of the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Festival Hall in 2005 and the Portsmouth Grammar School Choir at the Drumhead Ceremony to mark the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar on Southsea Common.

Brian D. North B.Ed.   Musical Director (retd) 

1986 - 2017

Brian, who was born and still lives in Portsmouth, England, studied piano from the age of eight and took up the organ at the age of 12 whilst at grammar school, winning two scholarships. At the age of fifteen, he was appointed organist and choirmaster at Milton United Reformed Church. He took up a place at the Portsmouth College of Education, training to be a teacher, continuing his piano and organ studies. Whilst at college, he also started singing studies eventually passing Grade 8 with distinction. The time at college also afforded opportunities to study Double Bass and Percussion and he participated in many concerts, both classical and contemporary and also several Gilbert and Sullivan productions. In 1974, he was appointed Organist and Choirmaster to the Parish Church of St. James, Milton, a post which he held until November 1992. During that time, his teaching career continued with his appointment as Deputy Headteacher at Solent Junior School. He has subsequently been Organist and Choirmaster to the Parish Church of St. Thomas, Bedhampton and currently is Director of Music at the Church of Resurrection, Cosham. His association with the Milton Glee Club began in 1975 when he joined as a singer with his wife Mary. However, within a short time, the regular accompanist fell ill and he was appointed Honorary Accompanist. He continued in this capacity until the untimely death in 1986, of the founder conductor, Stanley Mortimore. He was then appointed Musical Director, a post he then held for 31 years. This has afforded opportunities to conduct other choirs, the London Concert Orchestra, The Central Band of the Royal British Legion, The Band of H.M. Royal Marines, The Mantovani Orchestra, The London Show Orchestra, the Hampshire Constabulary Band and laterly the Concert Band of the royal Marines Association. Sadly, he decided that, due to health reasons, the time had come to retire and the Christmas Concert 2017 was his last concert. There have been many memorable occasions throughout the years from performing at the Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, the Cathedrals of Portsmouth and Chichester, on the huge stage on Southsea Common a few years ago and many times at Portsmouth Guildhall, for The Princess Royal along with many, many talented musicians and Royal Marine Directors of Music. Since his retirement from the choir, Brian has been appointed as a Life Vice President and he continues to use his vast knowledge to assist the management team with music preparation.

Stanley Mortimore Founder Musical Director  1948 - 1986

The Glee Club started in October 1948 under the leadership of Stanley Mortimore. Eight people met at that first rehearsal. The Club is a registered charity, whose objects are the advancement of the appreciation of the public in the art and science of music, and in particular the art of choral music by the presentation of concerts. In the early days, the choir regularly entered the Portsmouth Music Festival, frequently winning cups; these events were, of course, in addition to their fund raising concerts. Stanley Mortimore stayed with the choir, apart from a period of 3 years job relocation in Plymouth, until his untimely death in May 1986. After a short period of reflection, Brian North was appointed as Musical Director, and has taken the choir from strength to strength. In  Memory of Stan, the choir launched the Mortimore Award which is presented to a promising young musician every year to help fund their attendance at the European Youth Summer Music School. The recipient is chosen in association with with the Portsmouth Music Festival.
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Profiles

Below are profiles of our Musical Directors

over the years

Andrew Cleary   Musical Director  2018 -

present

Andrew graduated from the University of East Anglia in 1990. Whilst there he was Organ Scholar at Norwich Cathedral and he worked with the Norwich Philharmonic Choir and the Aldeburgh Festival Chorus. In 1990 he moved to study Organ and Early Music at the RCM, directing the vocal ensemble Nouve Musiche . He became Assistant Organist at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Trafalgar Square in 1991 making regular broadcasts for BBC Radio and Television and directing the St Martin’s Scholars. Currently Andrew is Head of Music at Cams Hill School, Fareham, Director of Music at St Peter’s Bishop’s Waltham, Musical Director of Portsmouth Military Wives Choir,  and Musical Director of Fareham Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra. He has worked as Organist and Music teacher at Pangbourne College and Oundle School, when he directed the St Peter’s Singers in Peterborough. He subsequently held posts as Director of Music at Dean Close School, The Portsmouth Grammar School and Christ’s Hospital. In 2003 he founded and became Musical Director of the Porstmouth Cathedral Girls’ Choir. He conducted Katherine Jenkins and Bryn Terfel as part of the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Festival Hall in 2005 and the Portsmouth Grammar School Choir at the Drumhead Ceremony to mark the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar on Southsea Common.

Brian D. North B.Ed.   Musical Director

(retd) 

1986 - 2017

Brian, who was born and still lives in Portsmouth, England, studied piano from the age of eight and took up the organ at the age of 12 whilst at grammar school, winning two scholarships. At the age of fifteen, he was appointed organist and choirmaster at Milton United Reformed Church. He took up a place at the Portsmouth College of Education, training to be a teacher, continuing his piano and organ studies. Whilst at college, he also started singing studies eventually passing Grade 8 with distinction. The time at college also afforded opportunities to study Double Bass and Percussion and he participated in many concerts, both classical and contemporary and also several Gilbert and Sullivan productions. In 1974, he was appointed Organist and Choirmaster to the Parish Church of St. James, Milton, a post which he held until November 1992. During that time, his teaching career continued with his appointment as Deputy Headteacher at Solent Junior School. He has subsequently been Organist and Choirmaster to the Parish Church of St. Thomas, Bedhampton and currently is Director of Music at the Church of Resurrection, Cosham. His association with the Milton Glee Club began in 1975 when he joined as a singer with his wife Mary. However, within a short time, the regular accompanist fell ill and he was appointed Honorary Accompanist. He continued in this capacity until the untimely death in 1986, of the founder conductor, Stanley Mortimore. He was then appointed Musical Director, a post he then held for 31 years. This has afforded opportunities to conduct other choirs, the London Concert Orchestra, The Central Band of the Royal British Legion, The Band of H.M. Royal Marines, The Mantovani Orchestra, The London Show Orchestra, the Hampshire Constabulary Band and laterly the Concert Band of the royal Marines Association. Sadly, he decided that, due to health reasons, the time had come to retire and the Christmas Concert 2017 was his last concert. There have been many memorable occasions throughout the years from performing at the Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, the Cathedrals of Portsmouth and Chichester, on the huge stage on Southsea Common a few years ago and many times at Portsmouth Guildhall, for The Princess Royal along with many, many talented musicians and Royal Marine Directors of Music. Since his retirement from the choir, Brian has been appointed as a Life Vice President and he continues to use his vast knowledge to assist the management team with music preparation.

Stanley Mortimore Founder Musical

Director  1948 - 1986

The Glee Club started in October 1948 under the leadership of Stanley Mortimore. Eight people met at that first rehearsal. The Club is a registered charity, whose objects are the advancement of the appreciation of the public in the art and science of music, and in particular the art of choral music by the presentation of concerts. In the early days, the choir regularly entered the Portsmouth Music Festival, frequently winning cups; these events were, of course, in addition to their fund raising concerts. Stanley Mortimore stayed with the choir, apart from a period of 3 years job relocation in Plymouth, until his untimely death in May 1986. After a short period of reflection, Brian North was appointed as Musical Director, and has taken the choir from strength to strength. In  Memory of Stan, the choir launched the Mortimore Award which is presented to a promising young musician every year to help fund their attendance at the European Youth Summer Music School. The recipient is chosen in association with with the Portsmouth Music Festival.
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