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Read more about Emily here.
How long have you been a member of NBC and Sweet Adelines? How did you come to join?
I have been a member of Sweet Adelines for 5 years. I was previously a member of Brisbane City Sounds and joined NBC in 2014 when I moved from Brisbane to Sydney. I joined BCS when a friend took me along to a rehearsal and I fell in love with the art form. So when I moved to Sydney I was keen to continue with barbershop singing, and the membership coordinator of my previous chorus Jill Wardrop recommended NBC to me.
What were you doing 20 years ago when the chorus began? (1997)
I would’ve been at Secondary School deciding which subjects to take for my GCSE’s.
What do you most enjoy about the chorus?
I love singing four part harmony and the challenge of constant improvement. The friendships nurtured by the chorus is hard to beat, everyone supports one another no matter what life’s challenges are and this definitely supports the chorus in everything it does. I have to say the added benefit of singing in my quartet, the Lyrebirds too.
What have you done in Sweet Adelines that has taken you out of your comfort zone?
Definitely the choreo. But also singing in a quartet, its very exposing to be the only person singing your part, but its also a massive confidence booster and skill builder. Quartet singing was a particular challenge when I was in mixed quartet CRUSH as I had to sing lower in my range. Last but not least singing a descant out front of the chorus.
What have you done in the chorus that has surprised your family and friends?
All the make up, as I rarely wear it. Other than than that they haven’t said anything else.
What are you most proud of about the chorus?
The commitment of the chorus to improve our skills and knowledge. Also being part of such a fantastic group of women who constantly look out for one another.
How different might your life be now if you hadn’t joined the chorus?
Very boring I suspect. I would either be at home not doing a lot or at work late on a Monday night. So chorus provides me with the me time I need each week.
What is the funniest memory of being a Sweet Adeline?
It has to be dressing as Barbie for the 2014 convention. The reaction we got as 70 of us dressed up as Barbie walked on to the stage was fantastic. As well as a retreat performance in my previous chorus where we all did a skit lip syncing to all the single ladies.
Who do you admire in Sweet Adelines?
I have huge admiration for both Linda and Sharon. Linda juggles a full time job, two choruses and numerous other jobs with enthusiasm and energy, I have absolutely no idea how she does. As for Sharon, she is a trailblazer for the region and is a fantastic partner-in-crime for me on the Marketing team. Its exciting to be working closely alongside both these women at the moment in the promotion of our show. They are both truly amazing.
What is your favourite song that you have sung?
I particularly like “Fame” which I sang with my previous chorus, as well as “Go The Distance” and “Spreading Rhythm Around” which I sing with NBC.