WHEN an award-winning singing group were evacuated from their hotel on a bitterly cold winter’s night, they didn’t let it get their spirits down.
To the joy of the hundreds of guests stood shivering on a Bournemouth street, the Spinnaker Chorus, from Horndean, performed an impromptu concert.
The 60 ladies were attending a rehearsal weekend at the Premier Inn when the fire alarm went off at 7.45pm. As they trooped outside musical director Jenny Savory was asked if they could sing Happy Birthday to a fellow guest.
They agreed, and then continued singing other songs for the next hour, spurred on by the crowd.
Jenny said: ‘There were hundreds of people dressed up to the nines in top hats and fine dresses, all shivering outside with their drinks in their hands.
‘We sang Happy Birthday to a lady celebrating her 40th and it went from there.
‘It felt very British indeed because it was such an adverse situation but we sang our way through it – almost like the Titanic when the orchestra played on.
‘And the staff were really grateful to us because they were panicking at first because people were complaining.
‘Everyone was taking photos of us and it made the time pass quickly and it was a great atmosphere.
‘Fortunately the fire turned out to be a false alarm.’
The hour-long performance included Defying Gravity from the musical Wicked and One Fine Day by The Chiffons.
It was captured on camera and has now had nearly 600 hits on clip-sharing website, YouTube.
Jenny added: ‘I’m amazed that so many people have seen it.
‘It was totally unplanned but sometimes that’s when the most magical things happen.’
The group regularly perform for charity and will raise money for The Rowans Hospice in Purbrook on March 27 at the Voices Concert at Bartons Hall, Horndean Technology College.