New president excited about future

Maggi McEwan, left and Jill Cook, right
Maggi McEwan, left and Jill Cook, right
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At their AGM on Wednesday, March 16 Spinnaker Chorus, Portsmouth appointed Jill Cook as its new president.

She said: ‘I’m absolutely thrilled to be leading such a talented group of singers.

Spinnaker in Wessex Heartbeat's Dancing with Choirs Feb 2016

Spinnaker in Wessex Heartbeat's Dancing with Choirs Feb 2016

‘With the inspiring John Palmer as our new musical director, the chorus is excited about the future and motivated to perform at the highest level.’

Jill has been singing barbershop for some years and joined Spinnaker Chorus in early 2014 when she moved to Chichester.

‘Spinnaker is well known for its spirit of fun and friendship, as well as its amazing singing,’ she said.

‘I feel proud and privileged to be part of the team.’

When she’s not singing Jill is also vice-chair of governors at Chichester University, an organiser of the Chichester Festival and volunteers at Ford open prison, near Arundel.

If that wasn’t enough to keep her busy she also writes under the nom-de-plume Jill King.

Retiring Spinnaker President Maggi McEwan, pictured left with Jill Cook, right, at the AGM, previously held the post for nine years and will continue singing bass with the chorus.

Maggi is also currently team co-ordinator with the Sweet Adeline’s regional management team.

Spinnakerettes are all looking forward to competing in the annual Sweet Adeline’s’ region 31 convention, at the fabulous Sage Gateshead on May 7. Spinnaker took fifth place at this event in 2015 after receiving their highest score to date of 602 points.

This year, with John Palmer at the helm, rehearsals are under way, costumes are being designed and prepared, notes, choreography and sequins are once again being polished to perfection.

Spinnaker Chorus will be fourth to perform on the day and will be singing a wonderful new ballad and a rather fun and entertaining ‘up tune’ for the judges.

We are eager and determined to improve on last year’s score and bring home another shiny medal to add to our collection.

n Spinnaker Chorus meets every Wednesday 7.30pm-10pm at The Blendworth Church Centre, Blendworth Lane, Horndean PO8 0AA.

Visitors are always welcome, however we would suggest that you contact us in advance of your visit so we know to expect you.

Please see our website spinnakerchorus.co.uk where you can find details of how to join or book the chorus for a future event.