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MERTHYR TYDFIL SCHOOL BOARD.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 5TH, 1896.

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|SPAllKS FROM THE ANVIL.

IMUSICAL GOSSIP.

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MUSICAL GOSSIP. Mr. Howard Lees, uf the Blackpool Pier Concerts, is in communication with Madame Miles-Beynon with a. view to booking a weekV engagement in thesumnner. The Ysguborwen and Aberdare Rifle Volunteer Brass Band have secured the services of Mdlle. Amelia Sinico, late of Co\ent Garden, and Mr. James Bailey, late of the famous Black Dyke Mills Prize Band, its artistes at their forthcoming concert. Mr. H. C. Mellon, I.S.M., gaveh is first complimen- tary orchestral concert at Pontypridd Town Hall last Thursday night. The orchestra included the follow- ing Aberdare instrumentalists :—Mr. Phillips, leader of the Aberdare Quadrille Band Mr. Lawrance, Mr. Minetr, and Mr. F. Arnold. Amongst the vocalists of the Kentucky Minstrels who are appearing at the Empire Theatre, Aberdare, this week, is Mr. Henry Lloyd, brother Jo Mr. Edward Lloyd, who is considered to be England's greatest tenor. The brothers bear a resemblance to one another. The Aberdare Eisteddfod on Monday was very poorly attended. Nevertheless, there was a good programme. The Welsh Quartet," who have been lately on tour in the South of England, were much in eviderce. Two of them captured the prize of 15s. for the duct, "Flow Gently, Deva," and one of their number also won the prize of 10s. 6d. for the tenor solo, "Llam y Cariadau." Treevnon Choir have entered for the big eisteddfod at Mountain Ash on Easter Monday. Mr. Morris is the conductor. The Alierdare Choral Union have decided to per- form Sullivan's Light of the World next Chiistmas. The work is a beautiful one. Miss Maggie Davies and Mr. D. Price, soloists at the Westminster Abbey, have been engaged for the principal parts. We are pleased te state that the members of the Choral Union keep well together. Mr. W. J. Evans is the conductor. We are, however, sorry to say that the last Christmas Festival of the Choral Union was not a financial success. The Royal Artillery Band have been engaged to give a concert towards helping to wipe away the deficit. Mr. D. C. Williams' tune, Irfon," was sung twice at the Zion (Merthyr) Singing Festival on Monday, and is likely to prove very popular. Tin* Treorkv concerts at the Merthyr Drill Hall on Monday were hugely enjoyed. Financially the venture has turned out a brilliant success, the profits l>eing estimated to reach aliout JE40. The Pontmor- lais C.M. Chapel friends are to be congratulated on the result of their enterprise. It isn't often they go in for this kind of thing, but when they do they go ahout it with a. will. Musically the concerts were a rare treat. The greatest amount of interest was perhaps centred in the choir. >\ hat struck people most were the perfect blending of voices,, and the volume of sound produced. The training has reached a marvellous degree of efficiency. The Tyrol'' was the choir's finest effort, though the Destruction of Gaza and Safe in Port were cleverly rendered. Dr. Parry's Pilgrims is apt to lag here and there the finish is magnificent and full of vigour. Of the soloists. Madame J. Thomas must be awarded the fiist place. She has a voice of great power and flexibility, and she knows how to handle it to advan. tago. Her rendering of Ernani and Carmen- cita was exquisite. This lady will soon become one of our most popular vocalists. Mr. Gabriel Williams, Mr. Todd Jones, and Mr. J. Dcvonald acquited themselves with credit.

M EET OF THE LLANWONNO HOUNDS.

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