“Male Voice Choir at Penrith”

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Felling Male Voice Choir’s visit to Penrith can be best summed up by an article in the local newspaper;

“The eagerly-awaited visit by the Felling Male Voice Choir took place last Saturday in Penrith Methodist Church. This choir, probably the best choir of its kind in the country, was making its first visit to Penrith and was welcomed by a packed audience. The first half of the programme contained sacred items, Negro spirituals, and music of other nations. All these items were sung to perfection and particularly memorable were ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ and the Jewish ‘Hava Nageela’. The choir items were divided by solos from members, James Crombie (bass) and Charles Laing (tenor). The second half began with the test piece for the Male voice choir class at the Blackpool Festival next week – ‘The Fighting Temeraire’ by Granville Bantock; a very difficult piece sung with great confidence and precision. But the high-lights of this part were without question Whilhousky’s arrangement of ‘the Battle Hymn of the Republic’, ‘Morte Christe’ (music set to ‘When I survey the wondrous cross’) and the single verse of ‘Myfanwy’ which closed the programme. The conductor of the choir was Norman Williams. Ken Murray was the very competent accompanist and the concert was introduced by the circuit steward Bob Leighton. This was an outstanding concert in every way, and it will be remembered in Penrith for a very long time.”