Horndean choir is top of the class as they feature on programme alongside Gareth Malone

The Spinnaker Chorus will appear on Gareth Malone's new programme tonight
The Spinnaker Chorus will appear on Gareth Malone's new programme tonight
  • Choir picked to feature on new television show
  • Group one of eight out of 300 who auditioned
  • Choir sung Tina Turner’s Simply the Best
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THEY sing their hearts out together every week and now this group of ladies are to star on Gareth Malone’s new television show.

The choirmaster’s programme – The Naked Choir – sees him travelling around the country to find the best choirs to search for Britain’s best amateur singing group.

Around 300 were auditioned and it was narrowed down to eight groups. Horndean-based group Spinnaker Chorus is among the finalists.

Member Tracy Daniel said the group was thrilled to be invited to take part: ‘In the beginning we were a bit timid, which isn’t like us at all. We are very outgoing.

‘But when you are faced with someone like Gareth it’s nerve-racking.

‘He’s quite a fun character. He was really nice and it was great fun.’

Gareth Malone

Gareth Malone

The group teamed up with three other groups in the south and sang together, performing Tina Turner’s Simply the Best.

Tracy, 51, added: ‘He gave us the song to learn and he came over and spent some time with us and we practised and rehearsed before performing in front of a live audience.

‘It was so exciting to be able to take part.’

The group specialises in barbershop singing but all the groups had different styles.

It was so exciting to be able to take part in it

Tracy Daniel

Tracy said it was nice to mix with others and see how they performed.

‘We are all different genres,’ she said. ‘Seeing how other people sang and their types of music was fantastic.

‘The experience was very nerve-racking – we have never done anything like that before. We were a bit out of our comfort zone.

‘Barbershop singing is about singing in harmony in one voice and it was a bit different for us to adapt to, but we did a very good job and enjoyed it. We surprised ourselves. We had a fabulous time.’

The group spans the generations, with members ranging from a teenager to a woman in her 80s.

And Tracy said the choir is popular. ‘It’s fantastic for women to be able to join together through the choir,’ she said.

‘It’s a nice way to relax. It’s an enjoyable hobby.’

The choir is holding an open evening on Wednesday, October 7 from 7.30pm to 10pm at the Blendworth Church Centre in Blendworth Lane in Horndean.

All women are welcome to come along to meet the group and find out more about what it does.

To register your interest, visit the group’s page on Facebook.

The Naked Choir is being shown on BBC2 at 9pm tonight.