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Read Ainslie’s story below.
How long have you been a member of NBC and Sweet Adelines? How did you come to join?
I joined in 2015 so coming up to two years this year.
What were you doing 20 years ago when the chorus began?
I was still in high school! I used to love hanging out in the music block and singing with a couple of girlfriends. I was in the school choir, and sometimes we performed at church funerals and weddings.
What do you most enjoy about the chorus?
The friendships are really great, like having a huge extended family that looks out for each other. And the music education is so good, with top interstate or international coaches regularly inspiring us to keep learning and developing our instruments – our voices!
But I also love singing with the Treble Makers quartet; it’s my favourite part of the week. We rehearse at a much more detailed level and it has been a huge learning curve.
What have you done in Sweet Adelines that has taken you out of your comfort zone?
Performing at the Convention was scary but thrilling. After so much preparation, I was worried that I wouldn’t remember the words, or the choreography, but of course all the practice kicked in and the performance flowed.
What have you done in the chorus that has surprised your family and friends?
I’m not sure if anything I do surprises them anymore! Probably the way I have suddenly started wearing ‘bling’ and wearing hairpieces as everyday fashion!
What are you most proud of about the chorus?
I was really proud when we came fourth at the competition last yea, it was exciting to come home with a medal. I was also pretty proud to be part of 11 Decibelles, the ensemble that won the Small Vocal Group competition at Sydney Eisteddfod. And I’m proud that even though we work hard, our chorus is also friendly and fun.
How different might your life be now if you hadn’t joined the chorus?
I was new to Sydney and I was just about to have a baby. The chorus has been a great way to meet people on the Northern Beaches, make new friends, and get out of the house to think about something other than the baby!
What’s the funniest memory of being a Sweet Adeline?
The funniest time was at Convention, before the competition. I had finished my hair and makeup and was in full costume, warming up with some other ladies at the hotel. My husband walked in and looked at me and asked if I had seen his wife. They just laughed and pointed at me. It took him a full minute to recognise me! All the girls thought it was hilarious!
Who do you admire in Sweet Adelines?
There are lots of women at chorus who I admire for different reasons. I definitely admire our Director Linda Wareham, because she has so many commitments but always manages to makes us feel like we are the most important one!
What is your favourite song you have sung?
I always love singing Go the Distance, it is a very uplifting song.