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Performance of Mount of Olives" at Penygraig. Following the numerous oratorios already given, Pisgahi Choir gave on Thursday and Saturday afternoon and evening the beautiful oratorio of Beethoven, "Mount of Olives," i. escriptive of the agony and the betrayal of Christ. On both nights scores failed to get admission. On Thursday evening Dr Naunton Davies, Groveficld, ain on Saturday Mr Thos. Evans, mining engineer, Llwynypia, presided. The artistes were: Soprano, Miss Gertrude Hughes. Queen's Hall Concerts; Miss Caro- line Jones, of Pisgah (Mr Evans felicitated the church on honouring one of themselves); tenor Mr Maldwyn Humphreys; bass, Mr David Jcnes, formerly of Cilfynydd. The accom- panists were Mr John Llewelyn, the conductor, and Mr W. T. David, organist, Ebenezer. Ton- ypandy, both of whom did their work with their kisual excellence-. In the oratorio 'the choir was also assisted by Mr E. T. Roberts, Cardiff Orchestral Band. The introductory part of the concert on Thursday was as fol- lows "Llam y Cariadau," Mr Maldwyn Hum- phreys; Sullivan's "Poor Wandering One," Miss Caroline Jones; duet from "Hymn of Praise" (Mendelssohn), "My song shall always be Thy Mercy," Miss Gertrude Hughes and Mr Humphreys; "Queen of the Earth" (Pin- suti), Mr David Jones; "Sing, Sweet Bird" (Ganz), Miss Hughes. We are told that the artistes acquitted themselves admirably, but as we were only present on Saturday evening we confine our report to that night. Miss Caroline Jones gave a very good rendering of "Hear, 'ye Israel," (Mendelssohn's '"Elijah"). She will evidently, as she develops power. make a mark as a singer. Mr D. Jones gave "Honour and Arms" in such a way that a recall was inevitable, and he gave "The Village Blacksmith. Miss Gertrude Hughes, "Gwlad y Delyn" (Henry) had also to be repeated, as had also Dr Parry's evergreen duet, "Cymru'n Barod," by Mr Maldwyn Humphreys and Mr David Jones. Miss Hughes in Ganz's "Sing-, Sweet Bird. had admirable scope to show the scope and flexibility of her lovely voice, and a vociferous encore was demanded, but at the chairman's suggestion, that after such an effort it would be unkind to press, she was let off. In the oratorio Miss Hughes took the part of the "Seraph," Mr Humphreys the arduous part of "Jesus," and Mr David Jones the part of "Peter." The work consists of 15 numbers, one being an introductory majestic Adagio in 6-8 time, commencing in E flat minor and finishing- in G major, and five choral num- bers, two of them being for male voices. Mr Maldwyn Humphreys gave a beautiful render- ing of "Father, oh, My Father," and the love- ly number. "All my soul within me shudders. This was followed by Miss Hughes' rendering of the recit. "Now, tremble nature," and the aria. "Praise the Redeemer's Goodness," which gives the quite unusual note of double D, which came out as clear as a bell. The next num- ber, "O! triumph all ye ramsoned," was a solo and chorus, the colouring by the choir being capital. This leads to the difficult allegro molta fugual movement, the attacks being excellent, and the tonal difficulties thoroughly mastered.. The next two numbers were a tender duet between Jesus and the Seraph, "Canst, thou. 0 Seraph, now declare," and "Or. me then fall," followed by the recit by Jesus, "Then welcome death." No. 10, a most interesting number for male voices chorus of soldiers. "We surely here shall find Him," ex- cellently rendered. Then comes Jesus' recit, "They who to take me," one part of the ac- companying being descriptive of a storm. This i; followed by a chorus of desciples. "What means this crowd and tumult?" both of which are afterwards wrought one into the other, and so well was this rendered that an encore had to be given. Then follows a recit, "Not Unchastised,' 'by Peter, rendered by Mr Dd. Jones, and a trio. "Mine Inmost Heart," by Peter. Jesus, and the Seraph. No. 14 is foi male voices, "Haste and Seize upon the Traitor," followed by solo by Jesus, and chorus, "All my pain." a solo admirably ren- dered by Mr Maldwyn Humphreys. The final chorus, "Hallelujah" is well-known. The ar- tistes deserve praise, but particularly is M. John Llewelyn, the conductor, to be congratu- lated on the performance of the choir. There was precision in attack, there was good ba- lance of parts, correct rendering, and good colouring, and in the male voice portions, dra- matic fervour. The eltos deserve special men- tion.

Shepherdery at Pontypridd.

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