DISCIPLINED SINGING OF ENGLISH MALE CHOIR

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The Dutch press were very complimentary about Felling Male Voice Choir’s singing in Assen:

“A large audience came on Saturday Evening to Assen Adventskerk to listen to a concert by the Assen Mannenkoor and the Felling Male Voice Choir from Newcastle upon Tyne. I assume most “Assenaren” know English choir songs only from records. To hear them in the flesh will have been for most of them a surprise. This concert was a perfect example of expert disciplined singing. One should also notice the better presentation of the Newcastle choir. Under the stimulating leadership of Norman Williams a lighter programme was presented including British and American songs, music by European composers and finally songs from many countries. The Assen contribution consisted of old and new works and were a clear asset to the programme. In a technical sense, there existed many differences between the singing of the Dutch and English choirs. The latter sang mostly in their own language, while the Assen choir sang in the language of the composition. The choirs together sang Purcell’s “Trumpet Voluntary”, “Amazing Grace” and “Land of Hope and Glory” by Elgar. The accompanists when necessary, were in the competent hands of Ken Murray and Ruud Wester. The concert ended in a pleasing way with the singing of both National Anthems.”