Our Music Team
Headed up by the chorus’ Musical Director, John Palmer, the Music Team is made up of very experienced and seasoned singers, who help plan the future of the chorus, its goals, aims and also to help choose the music we sing.
Each section within the chorus has a leader who attends Music Team meetings. Their job is to guide and assist the members with learning music, and every few months they will hold a section rehearsal. In addition, the Music Team have a skilled Choreographer, who plans and teach movements that are necessary to enhance a song. After all, we are not a choir who stands still – we like to make the most of the visual aspect.
We also have a Deputy Director who steps in and directs the chorus during rehearsals or coaching sessions as well as to offer expertise.
Deputy Director & Bass Section Leader
Deputy Bass Section Leader
Colleen has recently been appointed to help run our Bass Section with Barbie Corstorphin. They make an excellent team and are working together to ensure the Bass Section is one to be reckoned with. Colleen’s profile can be viewed on the Spinnaker Board page as she is our Vice Chair too! Give a busy lady a job…
Tenor Section Leader
Mary started singing at school and later joined The Philbeach Society in London, performing in a variety of shows and Old Time Music Hall concerts. She discovered Barbershop singing in 2009, initially with The Pitchpipers and then, while living in Sydney, Australia, she joined Northern Beaches Chorus. Quite by chance Mary met a Spinnakerette visiting family in Australia at a rehearsal who encouraged her to join Spinnaker Chorus on her return to the UK. She’s been singing Tenor with Spinnaker since 2015 and says that her favourite repertoire song is When I Fall in Love, “a gentle, emotional love song with beautiful harmonies.” When she’s not singing, Mary enjoys cycling, tennis and Pilates, together with good food and wine and spending time with family and friends.
Deputy Tenor Section Leader
Music started early in Nicky’s life. Her musician father was a drummer and as a young child she would go with him to venues to set up his kit. She loved the atmosphere of the stage (and still does). Music moved her family from Scotland to the South of England and Nicky started singing Barbershop in 1997. From 2004 she was also a member of the Southdowns Musical Society for eight years. Spinnaker is the fourth Barbershop chorus that Nicky’s sung with over 25 years. “I just love the team spirit and compassion we have for each other,” she says, “and being part of such an inspirational chorus.” When Nicky’s not singing she loves to spend precious time with her five year old grand-daughter.
Lead Section Leader
Deputy Lead Section Leader
Baritone Section Leader
Resident Performance Coach