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Felling Male Voice Choir were no strangers to the October Music Festival in Blackpool. This was the twenty-seventh time that they had appeared in the competition.

After problems with accommodation, the choir had to travel there and back in one day in 1974. Notwithstanding, they came away with another first prize; their 18th at the competition!

The adjudicator, Mr Lionel Salter, said of the test piece “The Dong” – “An atmospheric start, with well-calculated balance and accurate chording throughout. Diction is very clear indeed. Continuity of narrative was related effectively. Excellent build-up of the tension. Many of the nuances were subtly used to add the effect. First class chording, firm in all parts.”

He said of the second piece “Reveille” – Excellent start, gathering tone and to a determined march rhythm. The steadiness added to the effect. You used words to maximum purpose, and gave a most dramatic reading – by observance of the continuity and a wide dynamic range. First class chording with never a moment’s anxiety.”