The weekend of 11th and 12th February found Spinnakerettes at their annual coaching retreat. This year we stayed at the superb Langstone Hotel in Hayling Island. We had the amazing privilege of having not one but two fabulous Coaches, Erin Howden, Assistant MD and Choreographer with North Metro Chorus, Toronto and multi medal winning Nicky Salt, formerly bass with Finesse Quartet and also Assistant MD at Phoenix Chorus. Nicky continues her barbershop coaching and is a LABBS judge.

Spinnakerettes worked hard during the two day retreat absorbing, with great excitement, all the coaching suggestions given by these two special ladies.  The aim of retreat is to build on our performance and vocal skills as well as giving us down time to bond even more as a team by socialising together in a relaxed environment. Currently we are working towards the highlight of our Barbershop year, competing at the Quartet of Nations, Sweet Adeline’s International, Region 31 Convention in May, in Gateshead, Newcastle.
We are extremely eager to improve upon our 3rd place medal of 2016 as it is our ambition to compete at the SAI international convention in America. So it’s time to practise, practise, practise and polish our notes and dance moves, build on everything we learnt at retreat from Erin and Nicky and enhance our competition set with Spinnaker magic.

Spinnaker Chorus with Erin Howden and Nicky Salt