The Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers 2018 (LABBS) Convention took place in Harrogate in October. Twenty five choruses from across the UK took to the Convention Centre stage on Saturday. Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Chorus, contestant number eleven, performed at 13:39 singing a fabulous two song set. Firstly, a lively, fun up-tempo tune, I Love Being Here With You, written by Peggy Lee and William Schluger, (Arr.by Aaron Dale) followed by a passionate, emotional rendition of What Kind Of Fool Am I, written by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse (Arr. by David Harrington).
Our time on stage flew incredibly fast and we were buzzing after our performance. Then following an anxious wait for the panel of nine professional Barbershop judges to make their final decision, Spinnaker Chorus were delighted to be announced as the LABBS 2018 Bronze Medal Winners especially as this was our competing debut with LABBS.
We went to convention as first timers with no expectations but just wanting to give our best possible performance, and show our support to the many other choruses attending. The competition standard, both visually and vocally was extremely high which made our bronze medal placing such a pleasing and surprising achievement. Our success was extra special because we had eight new Spinnaker members singing with us in their first competition at this event.
We had a wonderfully positive experience, it was such an enjoyable weekend. The atmosphere was great, relaxed but electric at the same time and everyone was so welcoming and supportive. We are extremely proud to be bronze medallists and we look forward to an exciting future as we start on our musical journey with the LABBS organisation.
Singing in a choir is so good for a healthy mind, body and spirit. Meeting weekly with others who share a passion for singing, whatever the genre, provides friendship, support and a sense of belonging. Spinnaker is like a huge family with 70 plus members ranging in age from 20’s to 80’s. No experience required to join us just a love of singing. Just email: firstname.lastname@example.org