Gillian grew up believing she was tone deaf and went to great lengths to avoid singing for many years. Then in 2011 she was persuaded by her husband and a good friend to join a ‘Learn to Sing’ course run by Spinnaker chorus. “Although I was very nervous,” Gillian says, “it wasn’t as scary as I’d anticipated. I was given lots of support and encouragement and passed my audition to join the chorus in January 2012. Since then,” she continues, “Spinnaker has become a source of friendship, learning, laughter, relaxation and achievement.” Gillian is a charity trustee and mother of two. She enjoys riding motorbike pillion, sewing, cooking, reading and walking.