The Milton Glee Club are a Portsmouth based Choir founded in 1948 by the late Stanley Mortimore who conducted the choir for its first 37 years. It began with a small group of singers drawn mainly from St. James Church, Milton in Portsmouth, England and has grown to its present membership of 100 drawn from the greater Portsmouth area.
Stanley Mortimore stayed with the choir, apart from a period of 3 years job relocation in Plymouth, until his untimely death in May 1986 and was instrumental in starting its link with the Bolinger Mannergesangverein Choir in Germany. An association which resulted in many trips, in both directions, performing in music festivals.
After a short period of reflection, Brian North was appointed as Musical Director, and has taken the choir from strength to strength in the last 25 years.
Under the Guidance of Brian North, the choir perform three concerts annually in Portsmouth Guildhall to capacity audiences of 2,000 people performing a range of music from Part Song to Grand Opera; Oratorio to Songs from West End and Broadway Musicals. In addition to this, they give regular concerts at smaller locations for many charities such as Multiple Sclerosis raising many thousands of pounds. Also, each Easter, they perform a Sacred work such as Vivaldi's 'Gloria', and Brahms 'Requiem', Handel's 'Messiah', Karl Jenkins 'The Armed Man' and given a Portsmouth Premiere of William Lloyd Webber’s ‘Divine Compassion’,
Over the years this now 100 strong, 4 part, choir has appeared in such places as the Portsmouth Guildhall, Fairfield Hall in Croydon, the Royal Albert Hall in London, and the Festival Hall, also in London. They have had, as guests for their concerts, such stars as Rostal & Schaefer, David Hughes, Roy Castle, and Tom O’Connor, to name but a few. They have also had a very long relationship with the Royal Marines Bands and Orchestras.
They have performed regularly with Royal Marine Bands and Orchestras at many concert venues including Portsmouth Guildhall & Cathedral, The Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London.
The choir’s current President Doctor C J Davis is a former Principal Musical Director, H.M. Royal Marines and many of the Vice-Presidents and Patron are also former Directors of the Royal Marine Band Service, several having been former Directors of Music to H.M. Yacht, Britannia.
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.
During their years of existence, the choir has helped to raise many thousands of pounds for local charities, and hope to continue with this for some years to come.