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Stephen

Musical Director - Stephen Roke

Stephen started his musical journey as a chorister at Westminster Abbey, in the mid-sixties, singing under the Organist and Choirmasters Sir William McKie and Douglas Guest.
From Westminster Abbey Choir School he obtained a music scholarship to Ottershaw School, in Surrey. Whilst there, he sang with the Proteus Choir in Guildford, under its Conductor Vernon Handley.
After schooling, he went on to the London College of Music, when it was in Great Marlborough Street in London, and run by William Lloyd-Webber. He studied violin and singing.
During his time at the London College, he sang with the BBC Chorus in the 1975 and 1976 Prom seasons, singing some of the major choral work repertoire under the batons of Pierre Boulez, Norman Del Mar and Sir Colin Davis.
Wanting to be one of the BBC Singers, but not having enough time to wait while auditions came around again, he went into banking, where he has spent his working life in the farming communities of the Lake District, The Yorkshire Dales and The North Yorkshire Moors. Whilst living in York, he sang at St. Gregory’s Minster in Kirkdale and was the Music Director of The Simeon Singers, based in Oswaldkirk, near Helmsley.
He moved to Brighton in 1999 and lives with his wife Janet in Woodingdean. For enjoyment he likes to walk the South Downs and write books. He is also Vice Chair of the Woodingdean Tenants and Residents Association, Vice Chair of the Woodingdean Neighbourhood Watch Group and Secretary of the Woodingdean Resilience Team.

Richard Fletcher

Chairman: Richard Fletcher

Richard is the son of a Norfolk farmer, brought up in the culture of hard work and Methodism.
Opportunities did not arise in farming so he became a lifelong engineer in commercial and academic practice.
He retired from the University of Brighton in 2004 and from his company 'Design Specific Ltd.' in 2019.
Richard began singing in churches and choirs from the age of 10yrs and, whilst he had no formal music education, he sung in concerts in the Albert Hall as part of the University Choir.
Membership of the Brighton Male Voice Choir has rekindled his love of music and given him a desire to make it a growing vibrant community.

Brian Kendall

Events Coordinator: 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 2005, 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.

Jeff White

Membership Secretary: Jeff White

Jeff has lived in Woodingdean for the past 50 years with his wife and children.
Born in India, he was educated in a boarding school in Devlali (where “It Ain’t Half Hot Mum” was set).
He came to England as a teenager, where he trained and worked as an engineer for a local Company. Jeff joined the Choir in 2016, never having sung in public before but he rapidly became an invaluable Second Tenor .... showing that no previous experience is required to join our Choir - simply an enjoyment of music.
Jeff also plays and sings with a local ukulele group and says "I have come to recognise the benefits of singing and performing with the Choir, for the enjoyment it brings to both us and for our audience."

Sid Jones

Treasurer: Sid Jones

Before joining Brighton Male Voice Choir, Sid's only experience of singing publicly was a few songs in the course of his involvement with Amateur dramatics. He was finally persuaded to join the B.M.V.C by George (the then chairman) on a recruitment drive. Despite 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 received from the members, who come from all walks of life, just doing what we all enjoy - SINGING ... and you know what, George was right ... I did soon pick it up and now, eight years on - I'm still learning, but I also belong to the mini concert group, singing solos and enjoying every minute."
So if you like singing .... just come along and join us for one of our rehearsal nights, and give it a try.

Melvyn Simmons

Publicity Officer: Melvyn Simmons

Melvyn started singing when he was just 9 years old, and sang "O for the Wings of a Dove" at the Royal Albert Hall - as a solo, boy soprano.
He joined the Brighton Welsh Male Voice Choir in the late 80's and then went on to the London Welsh Male Voice Choir, where he sung for 25 years (although his voice had dropped a couple of octaves since those early days).
Melvyn was persuaded to join Brighton Male Voice Choir (for one concert) in 1999 by his friend, Deryck Hanchet, who had then recently become the Musical Director ....... He has been singing there ever since.