Linda W-S

Linda has been a member of Sweet Adelines for 25 years, first as a member of Sydney Town Chorus and now as a member of Northern Beaches Chorus. Linda is a member of the Bass section, and has been an active part of the chorus management currently serving as Team Coordinator.

 

Read more about Linda below.

 

 

How long have you been a member of NBC and Sweet Adelines? How did you come to join?

I have only been a member of Northern Beaches Chorus for 7 years, however I have been a Member of Sweet Adelines for 25 years, joining Sydney Town Chorus in 1992.

How did I join? Well I was visiting Ruth Williams, the lady who started Sydney Town Chorus. Ruth had brochures on joining Sydney Town discretely placed around her home and when I asked her what it was all about, she enthusiastically told me all about the chorus. Oh I said I don’t think I could do that, so she invited me to come along and just have a look. Needless to say I was hooked!

What were you doing 20 years ago when the chorus began? (1997)

I was working full time and really enjoying singing with Sydney Town Chorus. One does need a hobby and what could be better than singing.

What do you most enjoy about the chorus?

There are so many things a love about the chorus. The singing, the performing, the friendships, the fun, the opportunities and the fact that you are continually learning and developing in many different ways.

What have you done in Sweet Adelines that has taken you out of your comfort zone?

I think at first just getting up and singing in front of an audience scared me and took me out of my comfort zone. What if I made a mistake!! The great thing about this organisation is the support you receive from everyone and that helps build your confidence.

What have you done in the chorus that has surprised your family and friends?

I have had numerous wonderful opportunities over the years to sing at so many different and magnificent venues. The Sydney Opera House, the Town Hall, on top of Pyrmont Bridge when it was opened, but one of my most treasured performances was singing at the dawn service for the start of the final torch relay the day before the Olympics and then singing at the Town Hall to open the live Olympic sites. What a buzz!! I had lots of phone calls from friends and colleagues who were quite surprised as they didn’t even know I sang.

What are you most proud of about the chorus?

The achievements and successes we have had and the way everyone is so supportive of each other.

How different might your life be now if you hadn’t joined the chorus?

I can’t imagine myself now not singing, so I really can’t say. What I love about singing in the chorus, is leaving all your problems behind and just enjoying the singing. It’s very relaxing in a way, so I probably would be a bit stressed if I hadn’t joined a chorus.

What is the funniest memory of being a Sweet Adeline?

When I was a newbie and got thrown into the front row 10 minutes before a performance, and trying to learn the choreo. Well needless to say I made a wrong choreo move at the start of a song and was absolutely shattered. Everyone said that no one would notice, but as we were leaving the venue, one lady came up to me as said “you’re the one who made that mistake”. It wasn’t funny at the time, but I have laughed about it many times since.

Who do you admire in Sweet Adelines?

Apart from the wonderful singing from choruses and quartets, it has to be the achievements of so many women in this organisation.

What is your favourite song that you have sung?

What only one song! I have so many favourite songs – Joint is jumping, Ave Maria, Shoop Shoop song, If I give my heart to you, It is well with my soul, Peace on earth….. I could go on, but currently my favourite songs are Go the Distance and the Climb.