FELLING MALE VOICE DURING SECOND WORLD WAR!

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Tom Mearis, musical director of Felling Male Voice Choir, urged members, just before the outbreak of war, to continue to meet for practice if practical and to keep faith with their proud traditions.

More than 30 members had joined the forces and by the end of 1939, membership was down to 35. Many of them had duties as Air Raid Wardens, Home Guard or Special Constables. They continued their rehearsals on a Friday evening when they were not interrupted by air raid sirens and anti-aircraft guns.

The Choir had to find a new venue to rehearse and the Mechanics Institute in Felling became their home for the next 20 years.

Although their performances were restricted during the war, the Choir took part in two successful concerts at Sunderland Empire Theatre. One was with the National Philharmonic Orchestra under Dr. Malcolm Sargent and the other was with the celebrated Polish bass, Marian Novakoyski.

A great team spirit was maintained in Felling Male Voice Choir and they certainly kept the flag flying for male voice singing!