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Read about Adrienne below:
How long have you been a member of NBC and Sweet Adelines? How did you come to join?
I was involved in a Nursing research project (in November 1988) in Aged care on “Music therapy for the Elderly”. One day a group of 4 women came to the facility to sing. I was totally absorbed in the sound & enjoyed the singing so much all I wanted to do was “to get into a group like that”. I couldn’t wait to talk with them & find out more about the singing. They gave me information about a pending membership drive and as soon as the date came I was on the phone and spoke with this wonderful woman called Ruth Williams. I became a member with Sydney Town Chorus in 1989. Due to the closure of that chorus 6 years ago I then transferred to Northern Beaches Chorus.
What were you doing 20 years ago when the chorus began?
I was nursing and studying. I remember very well when NBC commenced and such an exciting time it was for us all.
What do you most enjoy about the chorus?
I have loved the fun of coming to chorus ever since I joined all the chorus events you can get involved with and I have always loved meeting and the excitement of singing with women from all different careers to mine and different walks of life. The way the organisation is structured. I think that is what makes Sweet Adelines unique.
What have you done in Sweet Adelines that has taken you out of your comfort zone?
Possibly learning how to prepare for convention & remembering all the choreography.
What have you done in the chorus that has surprised your family and friends?
They haven’t really said.
What are you most proud of about the chorus?
I know this chorus is a group of amazing unstoppable women. We have wonderful Director and leadership team, and the women in the chorus all work together. We do support and encourage each other and are always ready to learn and do our best. I am sure we are all proud to be a members of NBC.
How different might your life be now if you hadn’t joined the chorus?
Possibly very different. I have always sung in choirs, groups, etc but never has it been as exciting as Barbershop. I think I would have drifted to other hobbies and I wouldn’t have had all these amazing friendships, sung at amazing venues in other capital cities, competed in many Conventions, enjoyed lots of coaching, vocal education etc. We do have an exciting life with our “Hobby”.
What’s the funniest memory of being a Sweet Adeline?
So many memories over the years of fun chorus times. My favourite times are workshops and Retreat Weekends. Always an opportunity to let our hair down & relax after a full days singing. Well the talent in a group of women like ours is just amazing. I have seen some hilarious comedy skits, groups dressed up performing joke tellers, all kinds of entertainment. Keep you laughing for the evening. Always a joy to be able to get together like this & have fun.
Who do you admire in Sweet Adelines?
Well every woman who comes out every week to sing. All of us come from all walks of life, all of us I am sure have busy lives: Mothers, full time working women, carers, grandmothers, volunteers, everyone. Yet for some amazing reason we are able to put aside all of that for a night’s singing and often other rehearsals during the week and always ready to sing at a performance, a group always ready at any time day, afternoon, night or weekend. I am sure that wherever there is a Sweet Adeline Chorus, the community around is enhanced by the wonderful performances that are given by that chorus. So I do admire every woman who takes on the challenge of being a Sweet Adeline.
I think these amazing unstoppable women deserved to be admired.
What is your favourite song you have sung?
Well many really but perhaps “Friends just Friends” would be one of my favourites.