John Beare

John Beare, joined Launceston Male Voice Choir in their inaugural year of 1969 and has been MD since 1986, devoting a huge amount of time to the choir.

At the age of seven, John took an interest in learning the piano. This was the beginning of his musical career. He progressed with his musical education right up to Teachers Training College.

John has sung with chapel choirs, Bude Choral Society, a college chamber choir, the mixed Celtic Choral and Launceston Male Voice Choir. He was choir master at Launceston Central Methodist Choir for over 30 years, and is still one of the organists.

 Musical Director

Jonathan Mann

Tel: 07887 887159

 Musical Director Jonathan Mann, has a long and distinguished musical career.

His career commenced in Launceston, studying the organ and piano under Royland Jordan, and gaining his ARCM. Having been accepted at the Royal College of Music, he studied choral training under Sir David Willocks, organ under John Birch and theory and composition with Dr William Lloyd Webber. While there, Jonathan was awarded the Parratt and Haigh Prize for organ playing.

After returning home and gaining his Fellowship of Trinity College of Music London as an organ performer (again with Royland Jordan), he was for many years Organist and Choirmaster of St Mary Magdalene Parish Church Launceston. He is also the accompanist to St Joseph’s School Choir Launceston and directs Launceston Choral Society.

He has broadcast on radio and television, is Diocesan Organ Advisor, Chairman of the Truro Diocesan Choral Union and former Chair of the Royal School of Church Music, Cornwall area. Jonathan was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 19


Carole Baker

Tel: 01566 783082

Our accompanist, Carole Baker, has been with the choir since 1998.

Carole also accompanied the Whitstone Male Voice Choir in the 70's and from 1989 to 1992 accompanied the Marhamchurch Singers.

From a young age Carole learnt to play the piano with Muriel Wilson at Holsworthy and has played the church organ for the last 50 years.

Carole is an invaluable part of the musical team and adds an extra quality to the  choir’s performances.

LMVC Musical Team