They didn’t just beat off good choirs from Bulgaria and Germany but Felling Male Voice Choir won first prize and were awarded the Imperial Chemical Industries Trophy.
The event was the Teesside Eisteddfod in August 1976.
Here’s what the adjudicators said:
Bantock’s “The Fighting Temeraire” – “Excellent tone gradations from the start, and the sound is clear in texture, well blended, with very good balance between first and second tenors. Singing from memory they gave an impression of spontaneity and freshness. Beautiful legato soft singing on page eight, and the scrupulous attention to detail gave greater distinction to this performance, it was vigorous, and rhythmic, but flexible too.”
Fenno Heath’s “Beat! Beat! Drums” – Fine unanimity and clear words, really effective declamation. Sometimes the second bass line lacks definition in lower ranges of tone. The feeling was intense and fervent without being aggressive. There was fine unanimity – from a well balanced and carefully rehearsed choir. An interesting composition.”