No, he didn’t actually join Felling Male Voice Choir but in 1974, he was invited as the guest artist at the Annual Concert.
Thomas Allen, born in Seaham, County Durham, is recognised as one of the finest operatic baritones. In 1974, as a young singer, he had won the Queen’s Prize twice, had been awarded a Gulbenkian Foundation Fellowship, starred in the Gondoliers, King Arthur, the Magic Flute and the Marriage of Figaro, as well as singing in Spain, Lisbon and Florence.
The audience were not disappointed. He joined the choir in C V Stanford’s arrangement “Songs of the Sea”.
Thomas Allen was to go on to become a household name in concert halls around the world.