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Read more about Lynne below.
How long have you been a member of NBC and Sweet Adelines? How did you come to join?
I Joined the Chorus in June of 2008, but wasn’t made a Sweet Adeline until months later, so this is my 9th year. I worked with Stella at the time and she mentioned that they were having a new member night, I wasn’t entirely certain it was for me, but it only took an hour and I was hooked.
What were you doing 20 years ago when the chorus began?
I had just given up playing squash due to injury and was looking for something else to do for myself as my children had become adults and didn’t need so much of my attention.
What do you most enjoy about the chorus?
I love everything, but especially the education offered and the opportunity to meet so many inspiring and talented women and work with them to achieve our individual and collective goals.
What have you done in Sweet Adelines that has taken you out of your comfort zone?
I have always been a shy person, but taking on roles within the Chorus like Membership Manager and now Section Leader have helped me be able to begin to overcome that by standing and speaking in front of everyone. I still have to take a deep breath every time though, but it is getting easier.
What have you done in the chorus that has surprised your family and friends?
Not so much surprised them, because they are all very supportive of whatever I do, but I think because of my shyness they were proud for me when I performed with my first Quartet, Divas Downunder at the Glen Street Concert.
What are you most proud of about the chorus?
I absolutely love the fact that our Chorus is so welcoming and supportive of each other and that we are part of the greater worldwide organisation that is Sweet Adelines who also have that same ideals regarding friendship and support for women.
How different might your life be now if you hadn’t joined the chorus?
At the time of joining I was still grieving for my Mum and so joining the Chorus helped me tremendously. I certainly wouldn’t have achieved the increased confidence and feeling of belonging to a wider family of sisters, mothers, aunts and friends whom I know I can count on in good and bad times to lift me up when I am down and celebrate all the wonderful things that can happen in life with me.
What’s the funniest memory of being a Sweet Adeline?
I love the skits that are thought up by our talented women and performed at the Quartet nights. Sometimes not taking ourselves too seriously and having a good belly laugh can be really great.
Who do you admire in Sweet Adelines?
I admire many people…. including our leaders of course Kylie, Geesje and Trish, who work tirelessly to help us learn and have fun each week, and I really admire those ladies who have to overcome some difficulties to pursue their passion, Pam Mason, Pat Buckle and Chris Mitchell to name a few (there are sooo many more, probably too many to name here but I am sure you know who you are), but most of all, I admire, thank and am in awe of our Linda Wareham, who works soooo hard to keep us on our path to success, whilst doing all of the same for her other Chorus Coastal a Cappella and whilst achieving success and accolades under her many hats in our region, all the time while holding down a full time job and keeping her hubby John and family life content. What’s not to admire in Linda!
What is your favourite song you have sung?
Oooo that’s a difficult one, there are very few that I haven’t liked, maybe the nostalgia I feel everytime we sing When you wish upon a star is up there at the top, but the exciting feeling when we really “moved” the audience in Canberra with Joint is Jumpin’ is very hard to beat, and definitely my favourite Choreo.