With only a short period to rehearse, Colin Short, deputy conductor of Felling Male Voice Choir picked up the baton. After the loss of Norman Williams, what bigger challenge could there be in 1983 than the Blackpool Music Festival.
Supported by a strong contingent of friends, the choir set off to do battle on the Test and Own Choice Pieces. And what a performance, under the circumstances, just missing out on first prize by one point!
The adjudicators said:
Test Piece – “King Charles” by Harold Noble – “A fast speed but you were able to do it. Excellent soft singing. Vigorous attacks. You put the words over excellently – and would strike terror in the enemy, but it would take the Gurkhas to match your marching speed. Excellent detail and vivid contrasts.”
Own Choice – “Great Things” by Chris Wiltshire – “A work by a living composer – excellent choice. This was a fine exhibition of choral technique and accomplishment. This choir has a magnificent reservoir of tone and uses it with supreme confidence. Excellent clarity of diction.”