The Hampshire Police Male Voice Choir, formerly the Portsmouth City Police Male Voice Choir, is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a concert at Ferneham Hall, Fareham tomorrow (Saturday, June 20) at 7.30pm.
In 1940, when Portsmouth was undermined by constant air attack, police officers, police war reservists and members of the Special Constabulary carried out not only their conventional duties, but Civil Defence duties.
While on many hours of stand-by they started to sing together, which led to the formation of the Portsmouth City Police Choir. The Choir gave concerts to raise the spirits and morale amongst the public and emergency workers and to raise funds for the Lord Mayors’ Appeals.
In a comparatively short time it became well-known and popular, and was invited to broadcast on the Home and Overseas programmes.
The Choir continued after the war and became the Hampshire Police Male Voice Choir on the amalgamation of the local police forces in 1967. There are four members from that original choir who are still singing in the present choir.
The choir will be joined by their colleagues in the Band of the Hampshire Constabulary, directed by Major Pete Curtis, MBE, and guest performer Helena Blackman, best-known as runner up in the BBC programme How Do You Solve the Problem of Maria?
The concert will be in support of two charities, The Blue Lamp Trust and Crimestoppers Trust.
Tickets at £14 can be obtained from the Ferneham Hall Box Office on 01329 231942 or online at fernehamhall.co.uk