Horndean choir delighted with win at '˜joyous' event
Traci Daniels, from Spinnaker Chorus, based in Blendworth, Horndean,Â on how theirÂ brilliantÂ performance at a prestigious singing context clinched them the top spot. Â
Spinnaker Chorus has been namedÂ Choir of the YearÂ atÂ Bournemouth MusicÂ Festival.
The festival has becomeÂ extremely popular over the years attracting choruses, quartets and small groups from acrossÂ the UKÂ to the Adult Choirs Day competition.
There is always a welcoming atmosphereÂ with all competitors supporting each other's performances.
We thoroughly enjoy taking part in this joyous event every year which enables us toÂ showcase songs from our wonderful repertoire and enter numerous classes includingÂ barbershop, single voice choir, choral-singing a cappella, choral-light opera andÂ sacred/gospel.
This year we entered five classes, singing two songs in each.Â The competition standard was extremely high and adjudicator Angela Rowley certainly hadÂ a difficult task judging and deciding winners.
Spinnaker Chorus was awarded the Roger Mills Trophy for first place with outstandingÂ inÂ the barbershopÂ class singing What kind of Fool am I? and The Moment I Saw Your Eyes.
WeÂ received very pleasing comments, '˜pinging and ringing chords...polished performance...energised.'
Another said: '˜Barbershop at it's best'.Â
In other classes we achieved second andÂ third places with songs including TrueÂ Colours, Ain't No Mountain High Enough, One Day Like This, Defying Gravity, Anthem andÂ Something Inside So Strong.
Our fantastic foursome, Sapphire Quartet, (Colleen Potter, KarenÂ Harland, Liz King and Jenni Slee) also performed a stunning set in the barbershop/ensembleÂ class, taking second place '“ we are so proud of them.
As Spinnaker won a class at the festival we were automatically entered into the final classÂ ofÂ the day, Choir of the Year.
We sang one song from our winning class, What Kind of Fool Am I? and one other, not previously sung that day, It's Raining Men, a performance for which weÂ received a standing ovation.
At the end of this class there were some anxious momentsÂ awaiting Angela's decision butÂ we were thrilled and jumping for joy when sheÂ announced Spinnaker as BMCF Choir of the year 2018 and presented our managing director, John Palmer, with the Margaret Miller Trophy.
After the thrill of Bournemouth we're now looking forward to our next exciting event onÂ Saturday, July 21, our concert, Love in Bloom.
This will be an evening ofÂ floral celebration across the seasons in music and poetry with a narrative written especiallyÂ for the event.
The venue is St Faith's Church, Havant, and our show is part of the FlowerÂ Festival which is raising money towards the church's Big Build campaign to restore theirÂ historic buildings.
The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets are Â£8, available from theÂ Parish Office, 2 North Street, Havant. Alternatively,Â callÂ (023) 9249 2129 or emailÂ [email protected]