Solent City Chorus, Sing in Portsmouth - Profiles

Chorus Member Profiles

Mike Quinton Lead & Previous Chairman

Married to Lesley (an active Ladies Barbershop member); retired 2 years ago, and now enjoying life doing the things we like, e.g. just bought a motorhome(!), so we can take ourselves off for visits and holiday breaks; and I am churchwarden at our local church.
Likes: Airedale dogs; 1960's music; singing and playing guitar.
Dislikes: Rude people; Racism; Adverts on the TV.
Favourite repertoire song: Shenandoah.

Mike Cook Bass & Club Secretary

Mike’s first experience of barbershop was with Capital Chorus in West London, where he won the club’s ‘Barbershopper of the Year’ award twice, and captained a chorus team on the BBC quiz show ‘Eggheads’. He joined Solent City in 2013, after having retired and moved to Chichester, and was club chairman in 2015-2016.
Apart from singing, his main interest has always been sports: he played cricket for Notts at schoolboy level, and still plays team tennis for his club. Sadly, he’s a lifelong Mansfield Town supporter, a fate which has caused him untold misery over the years.
He’s also done some amateur dramatics, and reckons his main claim to fame is playing a Nigerian schoolmaster in a play on Radio Zambia (don’t ask, it’s a long story).
His wife Jill, an author and former HR Director, also sings barbershop and is President of Spinnaker Chorus.
Likes: Most ball sports, the English countryside, sharing a bottle of good red winewith friends
Dislikes: Litter, unelected politicians, poor grammar/spelling
Favourite Repertoire Song: Summertime

Simon Yates Lead & Membership Secretary

Simon joined Solent City following the “Learn to Sing” course held in September 2016, having not sung since he was a Soprano and interestingly at the same church as the hall we use now: Christchurch Portsdown! Enjoyed the course and the months of practice leading up to singing at his first BABS Convention held at the BIC, Bournemouth in May 2017 and looks forward to Wednesday evenings as a relaxing diversion from everything else going on in life!
Away from singing, Simon loves running and drinking beer but struggles to do both at the same time! Enjoys long distance, cross-country running and usually manages to train 3 or 4 times per week. With his partner Yvonne, together they run their own Freight Forwarding business: Pentland Logistics Ltd, which occupies much of their time.
Likes: Football (big Portsmouth FC fan), Rugby and Real Ale
Dislikes: Drivers that don’t indicate, soggy pasta and Bolshy Bass’s!
Favourite Repertoire Song: Can you feel the Love Tonight

David Wilson Bass & Public Relations Officer

David joined Solent City in 2017 having moved to Winchester on retirement,but still seems to be a very busy Business Consultant . Previously sang with The Major Oak Chorus where he won a bronze medal in the Spanish International Barbershop Convention and competed successfully in the at National Eisteddfod of Wales International competition, and many BABS Conventions in the UK.Away from singing
David loves running and drinking beer so Monday meetings with the Very Worthy Winchester Hash House Harriers delivers both . Married to Jane with two grown up children and two cats and a new life in the south.
Likes : Football, Timothy Taylors Bitter, and ringing chords.
Dislikes: Traffic jams, Brexit ,and Loud Leads
Favourite Repertoire Song: A Nightingale sang in Berkeley Square