Striking a chord in choir competition

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One Acchord have returned from a successful weekend in Portsmouth, where they took part in the Portsmouth Music Festival.

Their musical director Nick Drew and 15 members from the chorus were invited to an exchange weekend with the Spirit of the South chorus who meet in Havant.

The two choruses had been working on two songs before joining together for the weekend. They met each other for the first time on Saturday and having the same love of acappella singing, they instantly hit it off.

After a social get together over lunch it was down to the business of getting the two choruses to blend together during a four hour intensive coaching rehearsal.

To unite both choruses a new chorus name was given, Crossing Borders.

The following day the ladies travelled to Waterlooville to compete. This was a marvellous experience for the ladies who have not competed before. A heartfelt performance was rewarded with a mark of Distinction.

Not only that but the judge, David Bruce ­Payne, awarded them the Pitchpiper Scroll trophy for the chorus who made the greatest impression on the adjudicator.

One Acchord’s founder member Heather Thomas, who moved to the Isle of Wight over eight years ago, was invited and witnessed this momentous event, much to her delight.

The chorus are now home and busy rehearing for their next concert which takes place on Wednesday, March 25, in Duns Castle at 7pm, where they will be joined by pupils from Berwickshire High School.

The concert is to raise funds for Christ Church, Duns. For more information contact Marlene Young on 01890 818683.