1978 was a busy year for Felling Male Voice Choir and a one of varied musical interest. They didn’t just go on a “Tour of Holland”.
The choir presented an excellent Annual Concert at Newcastle City Hall with guest artists, John Heddle Nash (Baritone) and Barbara Murray (Piano). They performed Mozart’s “Isis and Osiris”, “Dies Irae” from Cherubini’s Requiem, spiritual songs, the “Hallelujah Chorus”, “Morte Christe”, the “Soldier’s Chorus”, “Hava Nageela” and “The Iona Boat Song”.
They were invited again to Coventry by the famous “City of Coventry Brass Band”. The concert was given to a delighted audience in a packed hall.
The choir learned 10 new pieces and revived 7 others in addition to preparing “The Trumpets”, 3 joint items for Holland, the Dutch national anthem and 2 test pieces for Cleveland.
Apart from the success again at the Blackpool Music Festival, they gave concerts in Yorkshire, Cumbria and Berwick upon Tweed. The Yorkshire concert was for the Skelton Male Voice Choir and the Berwick concert for the Berwick Arts group in Wallace Green Church of Scotland. The year ended with Christmas carols for the Salvation Army in Jarrow.