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Andrew Beaizley

Musical Director - Andrew Beaizley

After studying at the Royal Manchester College of Music, Andrew was appointed Lecturer in Music at the Royal National College for the Blind, Shrewsbury, Leaving in 1970 to spend two years in Australia as Organist and Music Teacher in Perth, he was also a Lay Clerk and occasional Organist at St. George's Cathedral. On returning to the College, he became Organist of St Mary's, Shrewsbury. Moving with the College to Hereford in 1978, he was an assistant Lay Clerk at Hereford Cathedral and later became Director of Music at the College. He also served as Chairman of the Music Sub-Committee at the Royal National Institute for the Blind.
Andrew has performed and accompanied at many venues including several cathedrals and at the Three Choirs' Festival and, since moving to Hove in early 2013, he is enjoying the local musical scene, along with many other interests, including reading, cooking and desk–top publishing.

Brian Kendall

Chairman - Brian Kendall

A clinical microbiologist for 38 years, Brian retired from the NHS and moved to Brighton in 2003 with very little singing experience at all.
He joined the choir in 2010, after hearing them perform in concert, and has greatly enjoyed his experience within the ranks of his baritone colleagues. "It is a lovely feeling, when you discover, at the age of 64, that you can not only sing a tune, but actually sing in harmony as well"
Since retirement, Brian qualified as a Master Photographer; he designed and maintains the current website and also plays the guitar and mandolin.

George Meeten

Vice Chairman - George Meeten

George joined the choir in 1970 after reading an advert for "singers wanted" in the Brighton & Hove Gazette. Originally placed in the Baritone section, George felt as though he was "singing in his stomach" and so joined the Second Tenors, where he stayed for 18 years until moving to his current position in the First Tenor row.
A retired garage owner /mechanic, George is a stalwart choir member and was Chairman for 10 years until superceded by Ted Skinner and now Brian Kendall.

Tommy Ryan

Secretary - Tommy Ryan

Tom is a native of Bristol but moved to Brighton in 2007. Having been involved in various choirs at home and abroad, he joined Brighton Male Voice Choir as a second tenor in 2009.
Tom was later elected Secretary and, amongst other duties, coordinated the team negotiations for securing two City Council grants and one American Express bursary. These awards help the choir immensely in the promotion of its concert programme and other activities in the local community. Besides choral singing Tom is interested in classical music generally, one of his favourite pieces being "The Lark Ascending" by Vaughan Williams. Tom also plays classical guitar.

Sid Jones

Treasurer - Sid Jones

Before joining the choir my only experience of singing publicly was a few songs in the course of my involvement with Amateur dramatics. I was finally persuaded to join the B.M.V.C by George (the then chairman) on a recruitment drive. Despite my saying "I have never sung with a choir, and I can't read music," George replied "That doesn't matter you will soon pick it up" .... so I thought if all else fails I can always mime.
I was immediately impressed by the friendly welcome I received from a group of singers from all walks of life doing what we all enjoy SINGING, and you know what, George was right I did soon pick it up and now, three years on, yes I'm still learning, but I now belong to the mini concert group and singing solo and enjoying every minute.
So if you like singing why not come along and join us for one of our rehearsal nights.

David Hunt

Events Secretary - David Hunt

David has been with the choir since March 2012, having last thought to sing as a schoolboy.
A Roy Wales inspirational "Messiah" workshop in Rottingdean was to blame for his conversion, together with some encouragement from George and Terry in the choir who were also there recruiting new members.
David has been a medical engineering consultant and teacher and is mad about his wife Lydia, music, wildlife and flora and fauna. He also loves to go a wandering in and around Rottingdean, where he sometimes lives.

Melvyn Simmons

Media Secretary - Melvyn Simmons

I started singing when l was just 9 years old, and sang "O for the Wings of a Dove" at the Royal Albert Hall, solo as boy soprano.
I joined the Brighton Welsh Male Voice Choir in the late 80's and then went onto the London Welsh Male Voice Choir, where I have sung for 25 years (although my voice has dropped a couple of octaves since those early days).
Deryk Hannchet, a friend of mine at BWMVC, became the Musical Director of Brighton Male Voice Choir in 1999 and he asked me to join him for one concert ....... I have been singing there ever since.

Bill Verrier

First Tenor - Bill Verrier

Bill is our longest-seving choir member, having joined BMVC in 1952 but, at the grand old age of 96, he still has a strong tenor voice.

In the 1950's the choir performed regularly at Brighton Corn Exchange, for the BBC Radio Program "Friday Night is Music Night." There were even some 78rpm records made of the shows, on which Bill performed.

Richard Fletcher

First Tenor - Richard Fletcher

Terry Mohan

First Tenor - Terry Mohan

Terry is our fittest First Tenor, practicing Tai Chi and regularly head-standing for three minutes, while timing his boiled eggs. He now works as a Reflexologist - since ram raiders encouraged him to sell the wine business that he had.
Terry has notably shared a practice hall with Jimmy Hendrix, Hank Marvin, Yehudi Menuhin and others when he performed in a Rhythm and Blues Group and has also received musical training from noted Opera star Shirley Dangerfield. Hobbies now include learning Sanskrit but his strongest belief is that all should sing to keep the heart happy and body healthy, creating good, good, good vibrations.

Andy Rutherford

Second Tenor - Andy Rutherford

Andy joined the choir in the late seventies, when his interest in singing was reignited by news on the radio from Roger Martin (the, then musical director), of a fund raising concert to be held at Worthing for the Penlee lifeboat disaster.
During his time with the choir Andy has served as treasurer, secretary and chairman.
His other musical interest is listening to organ music of all types. He and his wife Margaret helped run the Sussex Organ Society for some years and in recognition, they were both awarded life membership.

Peter Whitworth

Second Tenor - Peter Whitworth

I have been singing in choirs almost all my life, from the early days as a boy treble when I remember being very impressed singing in the Albert Hall with massed school choirs and getting the singing bug.   In my working life I have sung tenor in a variety of mixed choirs with a varied repertoire from choral works and madrigals through to popular modern songs.
On retirement and moving to central Brighton, I followed up an article in the Argus and joined Brighton Male Voice Choir in 2005, where I was made very welcome. The wide variety of music sung and the heavy involvement with the local community and charities makes being a member of the choir very worthwhile.

Bryan Murphy

Second Tenor - Bryan Murphy

I left my home town of Cork and set up camp in London in 1987.
It was here, I met my wife Denise, on a St. Patrick's Day night out in 1989 and well.... that was that.
We have two beautiful daughters, Maisie and Phoebe and after 28 years of London life we sold up and came to the 'Sunshine Coast'
in November 2015.  It was here that I heard of and joined this bunch of ol' rogues ...
I filled a gap in the "second tenor" lineup, and loving it ... should have done it years ago.

Tom Jones

Second Tenor - Tom Jones

Yes .... Tom Jones really is a member of the Brighton Male Voice Choir.
'Our' Tom won his first prize in singing at the age 6, on stage in Wales.
In Trinidad he sang with a (nearly) all black choir and in Singapore - with the Salvation Army.
Tom has also sung with the Brighton Welsh Male Voice Choir and the London Welsh (mixed) choir with whom he was privileged to sing on three prize - winning occasions in Wales.
On another occasion he organized the Brighton Welsh Choir to sing in Sweden and, in return they brought their choir to Brighton - wearing their Nordic horns.

Ted Skinner

Baritone - Edward (Ted) Skinner

Brighton-born Ted descibes himself as a "graduate of the university of life (with honours)." After brief careers as an engraver, house painter and marine salesman, Ted joined John Hilton Estate Agency in 1972, where he trained and rose to become the current proprieter.
A lover of wine, women and song, Ted's love of singing was probably inherited from his Welsh mother and he has been an active member of the choir's baritone line-up for some 18 years.
On our concert nights, Ted comperes proceedings with a well researched, whitty humour that is always appropriate to the occasion.

Sid Jones

Baritone - Sid Jones

Before joining the choir my only experience of singing publicly was a few songs in the course of my involvement with Amateur dramatics. I was finally persuaded to join the B.M.V.C by George (the then chairman) on a recruitment drive. Despite my saying "I have never sung with a choir, and I can't read music," George replied "That doesn't matter you will soon pick it up" .... so I thought if all else fails I can always mime.
I was immediately impressed by the friendly welcome I received from a group of singers from all walks of life doing what we all enjoy SINGING, and you know what, George was right I did soon pick it up and now, three years on, yes I'm still learning, but I now belong to the mini concert group and singing solo and enjoying every minute.
So if you like singing why not come along and join us for one of our rehearsal nights.

Ian Huggett

Baritone - Ian Huggett

Kenneth Willey

Baritone - Kenneth Willey

As a boy soprano I sang in a Canterbury church choir until my voice broke.
On leaving school I trained at a music/radio shop as a radio mechanic and have always had an interest in music and musical instruments.
Since those days I have moved home several times in my job as an instrument engineer working in the nuclear industry.
I retired to Seaford in 1996 and have sung in the Seaford community choir (now defunct), the Downs Sixty-Plus Club choir, Crossways church choir & am now enjoying singing in The BMVC.

Ralph Wood

Baritone - Ralph Wood

I gained a degree in Chemistry at Leicester, where I sang in the church choir of St Mary DeCastro.
I then had several jobs involving science including forensic science in the United States.
On return to the UK, I taught chemistry, electronics and computing at various institutions in Brighton, but retired in 2006.
I am married with two chilren and two grandchildren. I was born in Bradford in 1943.

Roy Stevens

Bass - Roy Stevens

Brighton Male Voice Choir is probably the only choir in the country where you can buy fresh eggs, honey, and even a Christmas turkey ..... just by coming to choir practice.
Our "singing farmer," Roy has been a choir member for about 30 years and he not only supplies our culinary requirements, but he can also manage bass notes that no other member can reach.
He is also a member of the choir, at the Church of the Holy Cross in Woodingdean.

Peter Bishop

Bass - Peter Bishop

Peter has been in the choir for 2 years and sings bass, he is a 73 year old retired builder and has sung in choirs most of his life. An ex Salvationist he enjoys all types of music and he also sings in the Seaford Baptist church concert choir. Singing in the Brighton male voice choir is good fun, it keeps your mind alert and it lifts your spirits when you are down. We can raise money for good causes while having a good time and entertaining people. Peter is also a member of the BMVC "Mini Choir" which goes out every month to entertain the residents and staff at local rest/nursing homes, and this is very rewarding. The camaraderie between the lads is fantastic and we all work really well to put on a good concert. If you like singing it's a good place to relax.

John Basssinger

Bass - John Basssinger

The bass section is the least penetrating of voices and is least likely to have the melody line.
"That suits me" says John, in his quiet, unassuming way, "as I have always been a background support person. I have no need to hog the spotlight, but am most likely to sport a badge - 'pleased to help.'"
John considers himself to be "low in the pecking order" but he plays a vital roll in our bass line up, which could always do with additional members.

Rod Evans

Bass - Rod Evans

Far from being one of the more musically-gifted members of the Choir, I do enjoy a good sing!
Having sung in two or three choirs over the years, I moved from Cumbria to Seaford in October 2013, and immediately received a warm welcome on joining BMVC in January 2014. After a few Wednesday evening rehearsals it was evident that, given a little enthusiasm and effort I wouldn't find the Choir's repertoire too demanding. The rewards for such effort are several: team spirit has always been important to me, whether in teaching, sport, music or other activities; we BMVC singers have at last reached the age of discretion (well, most of us) and keeping our brains active by participating in areas like choral music is important; and when we give concerts there is a sense of achieving something really worthwhile, particularly when, as so often, there is a charity benefiting from our participation.