‘Family’ of singers are ready to lay on the harmonies

ON SONG Chorus members including Gill Thomas, left, and Becky Puncher, centre, are getting ready to sing
ON SONG Chorus members including Gill Thomas, left, and Becky Puncher, centre, are getting ready to sing
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They’re like a ‘big family’ and they’re getting ready to sing their hearts out.

About 70 members of the Horndean-based Spinnaker Chorus are all set to perform at a national competition in Nottingham on Saturday.

Group spokeswoman Tracy Daniel, of Waterlooville, said the singers were very excited about taking part in the Sweet Adelines International event.

Tracy said: ‘It’s the highlight of our year.

‘There’s a real buzz in the air at the moment.

‘We’ve worked hard on the two songs that we’re doing for the past 12 months.’

The chorus sings a barbershop-style four-part harmony and is planning to perform one ballad and one upbeat song at the competition.

The group’s members mostly come from the Havant and Portsmouth area, but a few travel from as far away as Bournemouth to sing.

Tracy said she joined the group 18 months ago.

She said: ‘It’s like a huge family. I remember the first time I came along to listen to them and I just couldn’t stop smiling, it’s such a wonderful sound.’

The group placed fifth out of 21 choruses at last year’s competition and are aiming to do even better this weekend.

Tracy said: ‘We’re hoping to come higher than that this year but we really just want to win another medal. It’s such a fun and exciting event.’

She added: ‘There are 24 choruses performing this year and we will be number 19.

‘There atmosphere should be electric by the time we perform.’

The chorus formed 10 years ago and rehearses on Wednesdays at Blendworth Community Centre in Horndean from 7.30pm to 10pm.

For more information about the group, visit their website at spinnakerchorus.co.uk.