It’s gold for Spinnaker in choir contest

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THEY’VE done it again! Ladies from the Spinnaker Chorus a capella group have scooped one of the world’s top singing awards.

The Blendworth-based singers won a gold medal for best mid-sized chorus in the UK and the Netherlands at the Sweet Adelines – a capella singing’s top awards.

PRIZE Members of the Spinnaker Chorus have won a singing award

PRIZE Members of the Spinnaker Chorus have won a singing award

Out of scores of choruses which entered the awards, in Newcastle, it was Spinnaker Chorus who impressed the judges with their version of Beyonce’s ballad At Last and a jazz medley called I Love Jazz.

It means six months of hard work has paid off.

Lorraine Rowe, who sings in the bass section, said: ‘It’s absolutely fabulous.

‘We were all thrilled when they said we had won.

‘We didn’t go there thinking we would win so it was a wonderful surprise.

‘I can tell you there was screaming, hugging and tears of joy.

‘It was a long way to go and we had a lot of intensive practice.

‘People think it’s just about singing but it’s an art form. You have to get the sound just right, the vowels have to be perfect.

‘There is choreography to think about and we have fabulous costumes too.

‘But it all paid off.

‘We are all completely over the moon.’

Spinnaker Chorus achieved gold once before – in 2007 – silver twice and a bronze medal once.

But this is the first gold win under the new director Jenny Savory.

Lorraine added: ‘It’s something creative to strive for outside of the workplace and home life.

‘I find that having that common goal promotes teamwork, friendship, sisterhood and gives me a great sense of achievement.’

The ladies practice on Wednesday evenings in Blendworth Church Hall, in Horndean.

To join call 01329 515399 or go to spinnakerchorus.co.uk