The weekend of 12th-14th May was a very exciting one for Spinnaker Chorus. 74 of our members took to the stage at The Sage in Gateshead to compete in the annual Sweet Adeline’s Quartet of Nations, Region 31 convention. Wearing a visually delightful mix of shrugs with black tunics and leggings the ladies filled the stage with a rainbow of colour arranged in fabulous stripes. The songs performed this year were firstly the beautiful ballad ‘I never meant to fall in love’ by Joe Liles and a fun up tempo tune ‘Put your arms around me honey’, by Aaron Dale. Spinnaker have been rehearsing for convention for many months including coaching sessions with Erin Howden, of North Metro Chorus, Canada as well as Nicky Salt, formerly of the highly successful gold medal winning quartet Finesse. This year’s competition was of an extremely high standard and Spinnaker were pleased to achieve a 5th place medal to add to their collection.

As a touching tribute to the memory of a special Spinnakerette, Gill Thomas, who passed away suddenly earlier this year, Spinnakerettes wore a diamanté heart attached to their bracelets whilst performing. Gill was a much loved popular member of Spinnaker and a valued bass section singer and wearing the heart meant Gill’s presence was with us on stage.

Our next competition will be Bournemouth Music Competitions Festival on Saturday 17th June where we are competing in 5 classes.