‘Amazing’ achievement for Somernotes choir

PUBLISHED: 15:00 04 January 2017

The Somernotes male voice choir.

The Somernotes male voice choir.


A male voice choir which rehearses in a North Somerset village says it is ‘elated’ after scooping a top prize in one of the area’s biggest competitions.

The Somernotes male ensemble practises in Wrington and performs a selection of popular, spiritual and show songs.

The group achieved an outstanding mark when it performed at the Nailsea Festival of Music last month.

The choir, which is formed of members Steve Schmollman, Les Morley, Bernard Tarleton, Peter Bowyer, Stephen Hope and David Kelly, won its class – and achieved the highest mark of the entire festival – with a mark of 91 per cent.

Mr Kelly told the Mercury: “We were all incredibly nervous beforehand but that was nothing compared to the surprise and elation we all felt when announced as group winners, as we were up against three other very good small choirs.

“To then discover we obtained the highest mark in the whole of the festival was an amazing, unexpected bonus.”

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