Adjudications

Cornwall 2005

CORNWALL INTERNATIONAL MALE VOICE CHOIR FESTIVAL 2005
(COMPETITION 1 - 40 VOICES AND UNDER) ADJUDICATIONS

WHEN THAT I WAS (DAVIDSON)

  1. The sound was clear and well defined. Good dynamics and articulation.

  2. Good male voice tone. Musical performance.

  3. There are very good voices in the choir. The sound is good. The balance of the voices could be better.

  4. Good start. Nice sound in 2nd Tenors. Good arrangement.

  5. Good intonation, good dynamics, good speaking, friendly singing. Good!

  6. Good style here and a good sound. Tenors need to think about blend and balance though.

  7. Tenor 1 pitch suspect in bar 62.  A promising start!

THE WANDERER (ELGAR)
  • Interpretation was lively (filled with life) and nice forte without forcing.
  • Differentiated dynamics. Smooth choral sound. Effective performance.

  • Be more careful about articulation (staccato, legato….)

  • Well-balanced choir. Very musical.

  • Ditto 5 above.

  • Rather unsophisticated start from such a good choir. I love your full sound.

  • At times a touch over-enthusiastic, i.e. molto allargando p.5 . Well done.

  • BY GEORGE (GERSHWIN ARR. DMJ)
    1. Trying to find different colours in the sound and you succeeded in finding them! Good soloists.

    2. Performance with style. Good character. Good soloists. Effective performance.

    3. You must balance f and ff better.

    4. Quite enjoyable arrangement. Performed in style-vocally rather rough!

    5. Performance with very good sound surprises. A well-trained choir with a very good conductor.

    6. Again, good style and accent! Maybe a more relaxed approach would help in places.

    7. Balance in Embraceable You needed care. Great solos!

    Cornwall 2007

    CORNWALL INTERNATIONAL MALE VOICE CHOIR FESTIVAL 2007
    (COMPETITION 1 - 40 VOICES AND UNDER) ADJUDICATIONS

    DRINKING SONG (HOLST)

    1. Very beautiful clear sound, good phrasing and dynamic, homogeneous sound.
    2. This established an excellent communication with the audience from the very opening. Excellent attention to detail.
    3. This is a really substantial choice of opening piece. The bass line was suitably stentorian. Phrasing was very musically conceived with real impact! A splendid start.

    FOUR HUNGARIAN FOLK SONGS 1 & 2 (BARTOK)
    1. Difficult piece, but you did it!
    2. Very exciting performance, and again splendid diction and commitment.
    3. A telling contrast – neat precise and athletic throughout. Speeds were managed with consummate skill and the flow was impressive. Loved the Hungarian! Quite right!

    QUATRE PETITES PRIÈRES Seigneur, je vous en prie, O Proles (POULENC)
    1. Problems with ensemble and intonation. Good character in second part.
    2. A beautiful start was then badly marred by the very challenging harmonic writing which resulted in bad loss of pitch and internal tuning.
    3. A very tricky dualogue of pieces, which stretched your resources rather more. Credit for choosing it, but individual lines were rather exposed at times..

    IS YOU IS OR IS YOU AIN'T MA BABY? (ARR. W. WHITE)
    1. Forced sound in some places. Good character and dynamic.
    2. Much more secure once again. Lots of communication. Very enjoyable.
    3. This was a powerful and pulsating contrast. Diction e.g. “catch you crying” was telling. Communication was telling – lovely “niente”ending – but avoid over-enthusiasm vocally.

    RIO GRANDE (TRAD. ARR. S. JACKSON)
    1. Nice sound, especially in piano – homogeneous and soft. Don’t force!.
    2. There were one or two tiny problems of ensemble between singers and piano, but again, dynamic and exciting singing.
    3. An excellent choice for finale. S.J.’s arrangement is colourful and always interesting. You clearly enjoyed the piece!
    1. A very enjoyable recital from a dynamic and colourful choir. The Poulenc pushed your abilities one stage too far but the Drinking Song was magnificent.
    2. A well-balanced programme, full of substantial and varied material. It was always polished and musically conceived.

    Adjudicators: 1. Hirvo Suva, 2. Robert Sharpe, 3. Jeffrey Wynn Davies

    Marks: 87  (3rd out of 12, best British choir)

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