My Weekend: Lorraine Rowe

Lorraine Rowe
Lorraine Rowe
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Businesswoman Lorraine Rowe loves to sing, but has plenty of time for other leisure pursuits. Lorraine, 42, from Fareham, runs Forget-Me-Not Publications and sings with Spinnaker Chorus.

When did you last go away and where did you go?

I last went away with Spinnaker Chorus. We went to Newcastle to compete in a national competition. It takes place once a year over a weekend. There were 60 women from the chorus competing and, as you can imagine, we had a lot of fun and plenty of laughter. And what’s more, we came away with a gold medal for being the best mid-sized chorus 
in the UK. We were very proud because that’s no mean feat!

What was the last concert you went to?

I performed with Spinnaker Chorus at Sinah Warren on Hayling Island st Christmas. We sang a selection of Christmas carols and a couple of our normal repertoire. We were extremely well 
received! I also sang in an octet which was very nerve racking, but we all had a lot of fun performing.

What about the last theatre show you saw?

It was We Will Rock You in London with my family. This is a fabulous show, and having made a weekend of it, we all had a lovely time.

What was the last book you read?

Silence by Natasha Preston. The book covers a very disturbing subject with empathy and from a perspective that is very insightful. It’s a really good read. I would recommend it.

What was the last film you saw?

It was Frozen (right). This is just a brilliant children’s film. There’s lots of singing so it is definitely my type of film! This is a West End musical waiting to happen.

Do you have any hobbies and what is your favourite way to relax?

You’ve guessed it – singing with Spinnaker. This is just the best way to forget about your working day, family chaos and any other day to day stresses, as you have to completely concentrate on your notes, words and occasional choreography! It can get complicated, but with full concentration it’s the most rewarding hobby!

This weekend we’re going to the New Forest to have some coaching from a chorus director.

This is another brilliant weekend away full of learning and laughter – we work very hard but always make sure there is ‘down’ time as well.

The chorus sings four-part harmony, a cappella and it’s more challenging than everyone singing to a backing track– therefore this takes time and effort to perfect. Something we are always striving for!

What do you watch on TV?

I regularly tune into Sherlock (above). It’s so popular and it’s easy to see why. The programme is brilliant, edge-of- your-seat drama and it has me hooked.

If you’re cooking, do you have a signature dish?

I like to make lamb shanks in a red wine sauce. If this is cooked properly, the meat just falls off the bone and is a gorgeous, heart-warming dish. A friend of mine gave me the recipe which was handed down from his mum – so I should say thank you so much to him because I’ve made this several times.