Circular Keys Chorus off to Denver

JUDITH Bourne of Glenhaven is hitting the high notes as she prepares to join the Circular Keys Chorus in Denver to represent Australia.

They will compete at the Sweet Adeline's International — the World Cup of women's barbershop singing.

Ms Bourne is one of 80 women aged from 18 to 80 brought together by the love of barbershop.

Ms Bourne joined the group five years ago and has never looked back.

"I was a bit shy and this completely changed that," she said.

"You grow and learn talents you never knew you had."

A member of the bass group, she said there is much importance on friendship and teamwork.

The Circular Keys Chorus will begin their attempt for the title on November 1 in Denver.

This will be the group's second foray into the international stage after attending the Nashville competition in 2009.

She expects strong competition again from major opponents, the US and Canada.

Looking back on Denver she said: "It was intense and nerve-racking but at the same time exhilarating".

"We are creative musicians that strive to improve ourselves while having a lot of fun."

The chorus has been working overtime with rehearsals and workshops in preparation.

To watch the Circular Keys Chorus performances in Denver, go to circularkeys.org.

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