On Saturday 19th December 20 Spinnakerettes went to the studios at BBC Radio Solent in  Southampton. Sasha Twining one of the radio stations DJ’s had invited us to sing Christmas carols during her morning show.

We assembled in the foyer at 8.30am and started to warm up vocally and also had a few stretches and breathing exercises.

At 9am we moved into the outer studio for a sound check and rehearsal. We all felt excited to be there and full of enthusiasm and Christmas spirit.

Just after 9.30am Sasha introduced us to her listeners and then it was time to sing our first carol, Silent Night, followed by one of our favourites Carol of the Bells. After this Jenny MD, Tracy (Tenor), Julie (Lead), Davina (Bass) and Juliette (Bari) were invited into Sasha’s studio for a chat live on air. We talked about our reasons for joining Spinnaker Chorus, what being a Spinnakerette means to us and a little about our experiences since appearing on Gareth Malone’s The Naked Choir’

Next we sang the wonderful Dona Nobis with Tenors singing The First Noel above… beautiful! Our final song was Christmas Chopsticks based on the poem Twas the Night before Christmas. Sam, Julia, Sandy and Barbie read out a verse of the poem each, adding their individual magic to bring the words alive.

We thoroughly enjoyed our early morning sing out and afterwards we all piled into the studio for a couple of photos with lovely Sasha.

Thank you BBC Radio Solent for inviting us to sing we loved every minute and hopefully it won’t be long before we can go back again.

Click to hear the recording clips from the radio show.


Spinnaker Chorus at BBC Solent