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ROY AI, W ELSIJ "LA DIES' C HOI U AT MERTHYK. The Drill Hall was crowded to o\eiflowing on Thursday night last, when the Royal Welsh Ladies' Choir gave a splendid conoert under tho auspices of the Shop Assistants' Union (Merthyr Branch). This was the first appearance of tite choir since their recent brilliant successes in America, and, as was naturally anticipated, lovers of music attended in large numbers. It was announced that the doors would oe opened at 7.30 o'clock, but IOIILT l.tforo that hour ,-ieveral hundred jn'ople bad been admitted, so crowded was the road outsido the hall. Air. W. R'>e-. the energetic secretary of the movement, and the committee are to be congratulated upon the success of their venture, and we trust that will not be their last effort to engago well-known Welsh singer*. The applause with which the various choruses and part songs was received by all parts of the house wjs evidence of the high esteem in w hich Madame Ciara Noveilo Daviesisheld in Merthyr, as well as her noble choir. Colonel I). Rees I^ev. is, the presi- dent of the Shop Assistants' Union, was present, but tho usual fornudity of having a chairman was dis- cerned with. The gallant colonel was accompanied bv the Misses Lewis and Miss Report James, and we i'lso notice) Air. and :\1 tõ'. I T. James, Mr. Hansard j and family: Air. William Griffiths. I'encaeniawr Mr. Dan Davics, hiadcr of the Merthyr Choral Society, and others interested it, tho musical welfare of the town. The programme, with but one exception, was adhered to. Unfortunately Afi-a Annie Jenkins was prevented from attending through indisposition, but an able substitute was found in Miss Beat ice HJwardt. At eight o'clock the hall was packed, and aliout 5ce) people had to be to; n jd away from the doors. The pio.ceding" commenced by tho choir singing Rossini's part song-. "Charity," and the other items were a«.folIfvvs -^ong, A.vthore," Miss M. J, Phillips; ain, ° l! Bacio," M iss Pollie Isaacs j chorus, Spanisli Gipsy,' Choir; song, "Sunshine and lt;iin," ATiss Auuie liecveu pianoforte solo, Rigolletto," Mis- inifred Evans duet, t^hiis est HoruO" <Stabat Mater),, Choir song, '•When the Heart is Voting," Mi-s IvJitu l'lvvards song. '"The Valley by the Sea,' Atiss not P iosier; chorus, Annie Laurie," C^hoir$cpiartct, "F .o watched you from it) Lev. is, Maggie W allers, and M. J. Phillif>s song, !'light of Ages," Aliss Leisio Evans air, Ah die A'-sotta." Mis* Gertrude Drinkvvater; Welsh air, LlwyÚ (biu," Choir: song, l'uur "1\ 'o iug One," I I Miss Beatrice Ktlwards song, "My old man John," Miss Annie Da vies duet. Echoes," Miv> I'klith and Maggie J3dwards j chorus, r Haf, Choir. At the conel'-u-iou the ciioir sang the National Anthem in (he vernacular. A col lection was afterwards made in aid of the distressed families uf the unemployed j i Plymouth men, a report of which will IJV found in j another column.

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