Kent Police Male Voice Choir


John Vowles

This page was updated in August 2014

John (Taff) sings in the baritone section of the choir. He joined in 1983 after a conversation with choir founder, the late Gerry Hughes.

His only previous involvement in singing was as a member of a Welsh male choir during his late teens, although as the son of a coal miner born and raised in the Rhondda Valley in South Wales, there were strong traditional musical undertones throughout his childhood and youth.

On leaving school John, worked as an apprentice chemical engineer and chemical process worker before moving to London to work as a civil servant at the Board of Trade. He joined the Kent County Constabulary in 1963 and following his retirement in 1991, he took employment as the first civilian civil claims officer at police HQ. He finally retired from this position in 1994.

He has in the past participated in soccer, rifle shooting, and tug-of-war. He is now interested in gardening, walking, swimming, motoring, travel, video editing and computers. John was the originator of the first choir website and managed it until a few years ago.

With a heavy heart, Taff (a life member of the choir) has returned to his roots in Wales and says he will always regard himself as a member of Kent Police MV Choir despite the distance involved. Everyone here in Kent wish John and Shirley every happines in their new home.

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