The year was 1979 and Felling Male Voice Choir entered the Blackpool Music Festival for the 28th time in 50 years. And guess what, they came away yet again with the First Prize!
It’s interesting that the test piece was the “Temeraire”, which was similar to 50 years ago when they first entered. 5 men who sang on the first occasion were there again.
Here’s what the adjudicator, Derek Cantrell said:
“Temeraire” by Bantock – “A crew completely ready for a fight but not showing their hand too soon. The tone matched the guns in its shine. A finely balanced sound. ‘Grim and Gory’ contrasted well with fan fares. A lovely blend when the bell sounded. Why doesn’t this choir suffer from intonation problems? A remarkable ending for a choir that has been in the thick of it.” – 90 marks
“Beat! Beat! Drums” by Fenno Heath – “A fine piece to show you off, and catching both the solemnity and eeriness of these colourful words. You must have perfect pitch! Every sound from ppp to fff and rhythms made to sound natural. Most distinguished.” – 92 marks.