When and where were Felling Male Voice Choir “pipped to the post” by a top Bulgarian choir?
It was July 1970 and the venue was Llangollen Eisteddfod.
Although they received a good reception and were two points ahead in their test piece, “In Nomine Jesu”, they just missed out to the choir from Bulgaria.
The adjudicators’ comments were as follows:
“In Nomine Jesu” – 1st and 2nd tenor always well-matched, they produced a warm well-blended sound, and the natural phrases of the music were effortlessly shaped. It had a natural, flowing rhythm and was free from exaggeration. One or two chances for soft singing were missed – it would add to the expressiveness. (Marks – 86)
“Chorus of the Rebel Soldiers” – Splendid words, and a well-focussed image of the harmonics, an effective performance, based on well-disciplined study of the music. The fine tone was used with dramatic insight, but with restraint. (Marks – 85)
“Sea Gypsy” – We felt that much liberty was taken with the rhythms – rather too little definition of rhythms. (Marks – 85)
The choir is a finely balanced ensemble, and has shown today a wide range of expressive insight.