During the course of the festival I found myself wondering, ‘Is there a collective noun for a group of choirs? A Harmony? A Melody?’ Having checked the internet I discovered that nobody has yet come up with a satisfactory term for multiple choirs.
Ten choirs began the weekend and were winnowed down by adjudicator, Robert Elliot, to the final three: Choros Amici, The Chantarelles and Haydock Male Voice Choir. The stage was set for a wonderful Sunday of music for the audience and a day of anticipatory stress for the choirs.
Choros Amici started the proceedings with a carefully chosen and nuanced programme which wowed the audience and displayed an astonishing range of vocal dexterity.
Next up were The Chantarelles who charmed the audience with their wit and panache, especially during, ‘The Wedding Ring’, which brought a smile to the audience with its Russian exuberance.
Haydock Male Voice Choir brought humour, energy and controlled power to the proceedings as their programme ranged across hymns, love songs and the amours of Henry The Eighth.
Finals are always tense affairs but the exuberance of the competitors combined with choirs’ support for each other was a celebration of the camaraderie felt by those who glory in the beautiful sounds the human voice and spirit can conjure up.
Just prior to the final verdict, Geoff Corkish, praised the choirs and emphasised the vision of the festival: to encourage choral music and promote the friendships which grow up through the love for the art form.
Festival Patron, Moira Anderson, the famous soprano and television personality, praised the quality of the music on offer and confided that her own career began as a choir member ; she has remained in contact with her fellow choir members and has never ceased to be grateful for the opportunities afforded her by joining her choir,
And so the results:
The Chantarelles were voted most entertaining choir and were clearly delighted with the accolade.
The overall winners were Choros Amici.
Haydock Male Voice Choir acknowledged their victory with good humour and genuine admiration.
And so, back to my original search for a collective noun, I have decided that no other term but, A Triumph, will do.