Spirited group shares the joy of singing

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Public Relations Officer Sandra Strawn, from Havant-based Spirit of the South, describes recent fundraising events

On Saturday, July 11, we sang at the Mountbatten Sports Complex, Alexandra Road.

Each year we support this event for Cancer Research UK, and find it very inspiring, as most of us know of someone who has fought and won, or sadly lost the battle.

As the survivors finished their run, or walked around the course, and entered the marquee for lunch they were greeted with one of our fun warm-up songs, Gee It’s Good To See Ya and Amazing Grace, followed by a selection from our lively programme, which was received with enthusiasm.

Two of our favourite songs are Can You Feel The Love from The Lion King and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.

We were directed by our deputy MD, Gillian Rose-Smith, who did a brilliant job considering how busy it was.

Four Part Harmony is such a joy to sing, and to listen to (or so our 24 ladies think) that it’s no wonder we enjoy sharing our hobby.

A week later it was the 5km Race For Life.

Three of our ladies – Lucy Van De Ven, Jackie Stanley, and myself, Sandra Strawn – had a fantastic brisk walk around Southsea sea front, also raising money for Cancer Research UK.

Pretty in pink, just like thousands of other ladies, we hi-fived our way around the course enjoying the sunshine, the breeze and the whole friendly atmosphere – which brings me back to our chorus.

Small is beautiful.

It’s amazing how many small places our 24 ladies have squeezed into.

We’ve sung in bay windows (next to the Christmas tree), connected rooms (half the chorus in one room, and half in the other) and a corridor where we had competition from two parrots in a cage – top that!

As well as the joy of singing, our rehearsal nights give us some very important challenges.

It’s all important stuff, and it’s that, that has kept us going since April 2008.

It’s just one long happy learning curve.

For more information please call Joy Events, on (023) 9245 1220, or Sandra, on (023) 9245 1220.

Or visit the group’s Facebook page at facebook.com/pages/Spirit-of-the-South.