Spinnaker Chorus recently had the pleasure of playing host for an evening of a cappella celebration at our rehearsal hall in Blendworth, Horndean.
We were joined by members of Arun A Cappella (Bognor Regis) and Cascade- Southdown Ladies Harmony Chorus (Catherington) The purpose of the get together was to present awards to various chorus members who had achieved long service membership of our Barbershop organisation, The Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers. Representing LABBS and presenting the award certificates to Vivienne McGavin from both Arun A Cappella and Spinnaker, Joyce Stroud and June Bryant from Arun A Cappella and Jane Wells from Cascade was Jacqui Edwards, Local Liaison Officer. These fabulous ladies have shown such dedication to barbershop singing by clocking up 25 and 30 years of membership.
The programme for the evening was arranged by our Musical Directors John Palmer (Spinnaker), Joyce Stroud (Arun A Cappella) and Jackie Rapley (Cascade) and consisted of vocal and physical warm ups, performances from each chorus, and mass singing from all 3 choruses combined. Blendworth was alive with truly fabulous a cappella harmonies all evening through.
After a break for tea, coffee and the obligatory delicious cake we held a raffle to kick start our fundraising for our chosen charity for 2019/20 Children with cancer UK. Then we were treated to superb performances from small groups Spinnaker’s Decadence, Opus quartet and mixed quartet, Acamania featuring our Musical Director JP, followed by Catra and Tektonix quartets from Arun A Cappella. Small group singing is really beneficial for personal development vocally and provides valuable performance and confidence building experience.
Singing in a cappella, 4 part harmony is such a joy. The amazing sounds and ringing chords produced by unaccompanied voices is spine tingling and so beautiful, there were many a goose bump felt that night. Singing of any kind in any genre is so good for our emotional health, boosting the feel good factor. We all certainly enjoyed our evening together, catching up with old friends and making many new ones too and hope it’s not too long before we can do it all again.