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That was some of the words from one of the tenors of Reading Phoenix Choir when they arrived at Newcastle Tyne Theatre on a snowy Saturday in November 1980.

The choir was in town to perform their second “Joint Concert” of the year with Felling Male Voice Choir. Mac Akers continued “We are such buddies, these days, our mutual appreciation would warm an entire country should we meet in a field. In a theatre such as this, singing together, listening together, who needs an audience?”

The concert was a night of very fine singing. Both choirs enjoyed singing in the wonderful old opera house, with its fine acoustics. The theatre, the enthusiastic audience, the thrill os singing, such glorious surroundings, brought out the best in both choirs. The final word came from the Phoenix Musical Director:

“So often choirs like ours meet only in competition, and although we enjoy Blackpool and Middlesbrough, there is a different competitive element in our exchange. We want to sing our best to please our friends, and we want the ‘other’ choir to sing well for us. Thus in a very real sense we bring the best out of each other for the best reasons. So, a final word of thanks to Felling friends, one and all. Newcastle should be proud of the contribution you have made to the life of the city over many years. Long may it continue! We for our part hope that we shall meet you all again before too long, and in the meantime we shall follow your fortunes with the keenest interest.”