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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH, 1896.

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SPARKS FROM THE ANVIL.

SOCIETYOF SOUTH WALES MUSICIANS.

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MUSICAL GOSSIP.

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MUSICAL GOSSIP. The committee of the Brynmawr Eisteddfod have changed their brass band prizes into four, viz., £20, JB12, JB6, and JBt. This course has been adopted at the suggestion of the Brass Band Association. Mr. George Jones, Troedyrhiw, has been appointed conductor of the English Congregational Churches Singing Festival for the Merthyr and Aberdare Valleys, to be held at Market-square Chapel, Mer- thyr, on June 8. The Dowlais Philharmonic Society, which created such a favourable impression at Cardiff, have been engaged to give a concert at Newport, and already some Cardimans have written to Mr. Harry Evans with a view of getting the choir to sing at the Park Hall next winter. The Merthyr Choral Society started rehearsing for Mountain Ash on Sunday. There was an excellent attendance. The few weeks rest has done the singers a great deal of good, and they apply them- selves to their work now with renewed vigour. One of the bast flautists in the district is Mr. Edgar Daniel, of Penydarren, who plays with great taste. Abouttbree years ago our young townsman commenced to learn the flute, and received able assistance from Mr. W. Price, Upper Thomas-street. He ean now play at first sight any music placed before him, and his notes, both inlower and higher octaves, are as clear as a whistle. Mr. Daniel has taken part in several important orchestral concerts, and his praises are sung by critics wherever he goes. He has in his possession some of the music written by the late Dr. Davies, of Mountain Ash. Mr. Merlin Morgan, a native of Aberdare, has been offered the post of choirmasterat Haven Green Church, Ealing. Mr. Morgan has, however, declined the offer. Mr. Ffrangcon Davies has won his case against his agent. In his evidence he stated his taking for the three years during which the agent acted for him amounted to £1,975. The performance of Ruth" by the Aberdare English Baptist Choir was 80 successful that the choir have been asked to give a second performance. To this request the choir are, however, unable to comply. Is it not about time Maelgwyn left Mr. Dan Davies and the Merthyr Choir alone ? He girds at them in Tuesday's South Wale$Daily Nctvs in the old hector- ing style. He says of the choir that it is now defunct." If Maelgwyn knew anything about choral matters he would have been aware that at the very time his splenetic remarks were being set in type, the choir he so persistently abuses was enjoying itself around the festive board, and doing honour to its renowned leader. That doesn't look like being defunet." Criticism, however severe, is a healthy and useful thing but personal spleen and jealousy and bitterness are as injurious as they are con- temptible. Maelgwyn says there is bitter hatred between the Dowlais and the Merthyr Choirs Not an atom of that feeling exists outside Maelgwyn's own bosom. Many and diverse are the methods adopted to get a choir together. A conductor from the Aberdare Valley recently sent the following letterDear Madam,—You owe me seventeen shillings and six- pence farthing. I wish you a Happy New Year, and keep this sum as a Christmas greeting, but remember to be in the singing practice Sunday night." I do not know the result.

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MERTHYR GUARDIANS.

THEATRE ROYAL, MERTHYR.

DROWNING FATALITY AT ABEH-DARE…

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BY THE WAY.

-METEOROLOGICAL REGISTER.

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ABERDARE NOTES.

HEOLGrERRIG CONTINUATION CLASSES.