For some choirs the schedule might have been “Wow!” but for Felling Male Voice Choir, it was a steady year of concerts and events.
In March, the choir held another successful Annual Concert at Newcastle City Hall. The guest artists were soprano, Irene Claire Stephens (winner of “Opportunity Knocks”) and bass baritone, Michael Rippon, who had starred with Covent Garden, English Opera and Sadler’s Wells Opera Company.
During April, the choir joined forces with Low Fell Ladies, The Middleton Singers, The Middleton Festival Choir and the Columba Singers for the “Festival of Choirs” at Middlesbrough Town Hall.
In September, the choir sang at an International Dinner for Tyne and Wear County Council in the Banqueting Hall of Newcastle Civic Centre.
The choir also travelled to Coventry as guests of the “City of Coventry” Brass Band. They performed in a concert in the Central Hall and joined up for “Border Ballad”, “Blaydon Races”, “Fishermen of England” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic”.
Felling were also invited to take part in a special concert and recording at the City Hall. The concert, “Sing we at pleasure” was with Harry Mortimer, the Men o’ Brass and Owen Brannigan.
A fifth place was also achieved at Lllangollen Music Festival. This was not a bad achievement considering the strength of competition and almost one third of the choir were there for the first time. It is worth noting from six visits over 16 years, the choir were placed with three seconds, two thirds and a fifth!