Organisers of the Dunedin Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines
25th anniversary celebrations (from left) Gloria Harris,
founder Anne Limburg and Pat Webster. Photo by Gregor
When Anne Limburg founded the Dunedin Harmony Chorus of
Sweet Adelines 25 years ago, she never dreamt it would be so
Ms Limburg said the chorus met for the first time in 1989 and
began singing four-part close harmony in the barbershop style
under musical director Mona Semke, and has had many successes
in national and regional competitions under various directors
over the years.
The group has become well known for its performances of
modern, upbeat, inspirational and ballad-style songs, all
with movement to help tell the story of the song.
Had it not been for Ms Limburg's vision, the organisation
might not have eventuated.
''Dunedin never had a barbershop chorus, so I got together
with a group of singing friends for a casual meeting at my
home one day, and the rest is history,'' she said.
''Twenty-five years ago, I never dreamt the chorus would grow
to this size and stature.
''It's wonderful to see today - absolutely brilliant.''
About 70 past and present members of the chorus met at Opoho
Presbyterian Church on Saturday to celebrate the
organisation's 25th anniversary.
Not surprisingly, the afternoon included performances by
quartets, the chorus and a massed sing-along with all past
and present members.