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LEDBURY POLICE. I

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ILEDBURY URBAN COUNCIL

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ISTAIN ER'S "CRUCIFIXION."

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I STAIN ER'S "CRUCIFIXION." I Splendid Rendering by Ledbury Church < Choir. There was a large congregation at Led- bury Church on Friday night, when the Church Choir gave a fine rendering of Stainer's Crucifixion," which is a medita- tion on the Sacred Passion of the Holy Redeemer. The words were selected and written by the Rev J Sparrow-Simpson, M.A., and the work abounds in music which at once appeals to all who listen to it. The solo work, which is the principal feature of the Crucifixion," is entrusted to tenor and bass voices, and upon this occasionâit has been rendered two or three times pre- viously within the past 20 yearsâMr F, A.\ Hobro,the organist and choirmaster, who had sowell trained the choir for this performancei dispensed with special cathedral soloists, and entrusted the solo work to two of his choristers. Mr Hobro was at the organ, and the choir were robed for the performance. Assisting the choir were Mrs Horton, Mrs W Hodges, Mrs Berkley and Miss Maddison. The si.loints were Mr H B Wbyld (tenor) and Mr J \V Teague (bass), whilst the the Rector (Rev F W Carnegy) sang. the part written for a voice in the choir." After prayers bad been said by the Rev 0 F R Strickland (curate), the sacred work was opened with the opening recitative for tenor "And they came to a place namedi Gethsemane," which leads up to The Agony "â"Could ye not watch with Me one., brief hour? by the baritone; followed by the chorus: Jesu, Lord Jesu, bowed in bitter anguish." A very fine passage is that, for tenor voice, Then the high priest rent, his clothes," which is emphasised by the succeeding march, Processional to Calvary," in which Mr Hobro excelled. The chorus, "Fling wide the Gates," mostly, doable-forte, until the final refrain is. reached, was given splendidly by the choir.. One of the fiaest solos in the work. is-tbab: written for tenor, entitled King, everr glorious," the first passage Thou art, the King" requiring much power and) expression, in order to bring out the ideas, of the brilliant composer. Mr W-hyldi acquitted himself finely in his solo. wor k and Mr Teague was especially good in la. it nothing to you ? The soloists joined in the magnificent duet So Thou.liftest Thy Divine Petition," which was beautifully rendered. The highest praise is due to the choir for their tuneful rendering of God so loved the World," and also for the chorus entitled The Appeal to the Cruci Ged." The passages written for tenors. and; bftssea were each very well aang in good time and tune, and the Rector was excellent ia the rendition of the parts allocated to a. voice in the choir. There are five hymns in the- work, specially written for the coDgregatioa- to. join in the sinking. These were very lieartily taken up by the congregation, tlim adding; greatly to the interest of the performance. Copies of the words and the hymns were provided and this was much appreciated. Mr Hobro, the organist and, chuirmaster, is to be highly congratulated. apon the all round excellence of the performance, the opinion being, universally expressed that on the whole it was the best performance of its kind ever given in Ledbury. By special request the duet was again sung by Messra H B Whyld and J W Tfeague at Sunday evening's service.. The collection at the end of the recital on Friday evening in aid of the choir funds realised over £ 2 10s, an amount far above the average on such occasions.

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