The Glee Club started in October 1948 under the leadership of Stanley Mortimore. Eight people met at that first rehearsal, one of whom is still in the choir. 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.