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AT EIN DARLLENWYR.

MAMOX.

DIFFYG UNDEB.

" RUTH, THE GLEANER, AT ABERDARE.

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RUTH, THE GLEANER, AT ABERDARE. At the Public Hall, Aberdare, on Thursday night, February 13th, the Carmel English Baptist Choir, conducted by Mr. R. R. Price, gave a performance of the sacred opara, "Ruth the Gleaner," by Dr. Fisher, in full character. The proceeds were in aid of the Carrnel English Baptist Church Organ Fund. There was a large audience and the proceedings parsed off very successfully. The singing of the choir evidenced c ireful tra ning on the part of the conductor who is to be congratulated upon the success attained. The principal soprano was to have been Madame Williatns- Penn, R.A.M., but that singer was unable to come. An excellent substitute was found in Miss Beatrice Edwards, of ihe Royal Welsh Ladled Choir. The programme opened with the introdnction and chorus of Moabites, Farewell, 0 Naomi," which was given with much spirithythechoir. Thencamethecon- tralto solo, The Lord hath Visited," by Miss Dot Prosser, of the Royal Welsh Ladies' Choir, who eang with true feeling and expression, winning great applause. Then followed the chorus of Moabites, Farewell, 0 Xaomi," by the Choir, and Miss Dot Prosser gave the air, "0 Ruth and Orpah." The next item was the duet, "O Mother of our Dear Lost Ones," by Miss Edwards (" Ruth ") and Miss Maggie Rowlands (" Urpah "). Miss Prosser gave the air, Alas, my House is Desolate," and the recit., Farewell, dear Orpah," and this was followed by a beautiful rendition of the air, Entreat me not to Leave TUee," by Miss Edwards. The duet, Then Como, my Daughter," by Miss Edwards and Miss Prosser, and the trio, Farewell, 0 Xaomi," by Miss Rowlands, Miss Prosser and the choir, concluded Part I. Part II opened with the recit. and chorus oftsraelitcs, "1..0, Hero is Naomi," by Miss DotProssetand Choir. Miss Prosser gave a charming rendition, and she was equally successful with the air, ")1)" Earthly Treasures are all gone." The air and chorus By Him. the Mighty and the Just," by Miss Edwards and Choir, brought Part It to a termination. Part III. opened with the choru" of reapers, "Sing with the Joy of Harvest" by the Choir, who gave a tine rendering. The scene on the stage was most effective, there being real sheaves used. The three following items of Part III. were â Recit. and chorus, "The Lord be with yon," by Mr. John Williams (Eryr Afan), who took the part of Bo>.z," and the Choir; air, "Work, my Friends," by Mr. John Williams, and the chorus, "Sing with tho Joy of Harvest," by the Choir. Mr. John Williams' rendition of the air was exceedingly good. The recit., "What Form is this I see," by Mr. John Williams and Mr. John Absalom ("Servant"), was well given, and Miss Edwards and Mr. J. Williams won deserved applause for their effective rendition of the air and duet, "And may that Great and Mighty Lord." The choir brought Part III. to a conclusion with a Ijeautiftil rendering of the Chorus, "Joy to the Man of Kindly Heart. The recit. aud chorale, "Now the Night is Clcsing o'er us," by Miss Edwards, Mr. John Williams, and Choir, was a real treat; the Angel Scene" was particularly effective. The last part, v iz., Part IV. contained many items of great interest. The choruses, Bright is the Morning and "The Widow Evermore shall be," were given with much beauty of expression, the choristers enter- ing into the full spirit of the work. Mr. Arthur Thomas, A.C. (" Kinsman rendered the air, No No! I cannot take it, then," in good style, and the recit., Say, Xaomi and Ruth," by Miss Dot Prosser and Mr. John Davies ("Eldfr"), was a praiseworthy rendition. The duet, "In Wedded Love and Calm Content," by Miss Edwards and Mr. John Williams, was beautiful, and evoked great applause. It was, undoubtedly, one of the gems of the programme. The performance was brought to a pleasant conclusion by a splendid rendering of the chorus, "Joy to the .Cnion," IJV the Choi¡" Joy to the union, I) the union of heart and hand Joy to the union, to the union of heart and hand Too much praise cannot be bestowed upon the orchestra, who did their work in a very satisfactory manner. The following composed the orchestralst violins, Mr. J. Minet (leader), Mr. John Richards 2nd violins, Mr. William Davies, Mr. J. Minet, Mr. Jeff Jones; viola, Mr. F. Arnold; violoncello, Mr. W. Thomas doubio bass, Mr. R. Berry nutf, Mr. T. Lawrance; oboe, Mr. J. A. Phillip? cornet, Mr. T. Prestwood piano, Mr. Tom Jones, A.L.C.M.; harmonium, Mr. David Jones. The stage manager was Mr." William Jones, and the plan of hall was in the hands of Mr. T. G. Davies and Mr. Absolom. The committee were: Mr. James Evans, Mr. J. Davies, Blaengwawr ? Mr. William Price, Mr. J. Thomas, Mr. I). Harris. Mr. C. Cook, Mr. John Thomas, Mr. J. Absolom, Mr. T. G. Davies, Ur. W. H. Davies, and Mr. Andrew a (secretary). w_

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