Felling Male Voice Choir travelled to Edinburgh for two days of regional rounds in the “Sainsbury’s Choir of the Year” competition in 1984.
The venue was the beautiful Hopetoun House on the shores of the Firth of Forth. The choir sang well and progressed to the semi-final.
The final two rounds took place later in the year in the Opera House in Buxton. Although the choir thought that they had done enough to convince the adjudicators, the first prize went to a barbershop chorus.
Here’s what the adjudicators said about the performance:
Ian Robertson, Head of Music, Chorus Director of the Scottish Opear – “A splendidly challenging programme brought off with total commitment.”
Nicholas Kraemer, Conductor and Harpsichordist – “I was bowled over by the sheer sound of this group.”
John Curry, Chorus Master, Edinburgh Festival Chorus – “Their sense of commitment and wide dynamic range (with truly fantastic diction) make a tremendous impact.”