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Sweet success for singer

Monday, 16 December 2013 8:06am

Linda Kerr, centre, performs with the Christchurch City Chorus at the international Sweet Adelines competition in Hawaii. Photo: Lilley Photography.

Linda Kerr thought she was joining a ‘little singing group’ when she answered an advertisement for choir members in a community newspaper. Little did she know the group was the Sweet Adelines and her involvement would take her to the international stage.

Ms. Kerr just returned from Hawaii where her chorus placed sixth in the world Sweet Adelines competition. More than 600 groups competed.

When not singing, Ms. Kerr is the Department Manager of the University of Otago, Christchurch’s pathology department. She says of the competition:

“It was absolutely amazing to be one of thousands of women singing and performing their hearts out on this huge stage.”

Sweet Adeline’s are female-only a capella groups.

Ms. Kerr says her group, called the Christchurch City Chorus, has more than 150 members. The group’s previous best placing at an international competition was ninth.

Ms. Kerr joined the group a year ago and quickly realised what a commitment it was.

“We spent thousands of hours rehearsing our singing and choreography but it was all worth it to do so well in Hawaii.”