“RUMBUSTUOUS AND VERY ALIVE” AT BLACKPOOL!

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No it wasn’t a weekend away for Felling Male Voice Choir but some of the words from the adjudicator at the Blackpool Music Festival in 1985.

Felling “swept the floor” by winning the open Male Class with a margin of fourteen points. This is what the adjudicator, Mr Derrick Cantrell said:
Afternoon performance:
Test piece – “Psalm 23” by Schubert – “The first choir to feel the 2/2 so there was a peaceful flow and the pastoral mood achieved tonally. Soft singing, but colourful climaxes were beautifully rounded. Excellent blend, although you could afford a warmer Bass line, (this didn’t quite match the top line). There was a lovely melodic thread by Tenor 1 throughout. I thought your last ‘evermore’ a little too sensational.”

Own choice – “Tavern Song” by Kodaly – “Rumbustuous and very alive – infectious swing. Excellent control and great resonance. Details most exact – some individual members were so thirsty that the odd note was misplaced. Excellent performances.”

Evening concert and competition:
“A very large choir using their numbers for subtle nuance. Persuaded us that Schubert was right to put 2/2. What thrilling climaxes – great affirmation of faith – and how frightening it was ‘in death’s dark valley’. Not without a few anxieties about pitch but you drove it out of your minds by the sheer intensity of the picture. A choir that could have trained in Hungary. The individual solos were very well projected, even if they had had one or two earlier. This was a real Tavern scene – and just before closing time too.”