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SECOND CHORAL CONTEST.

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SECOND CHORAL CONTEST. Trecynon the Best Choir—But Not the Best Performance. The four choirs entered for the second choral competition appeared on the platform in the following order, namelyCrewe Glee and Madrigal Society (conductor Mr Lowe), Bangor Choral Society (Mr Richard Davies), Trecynon United Choir (Mr William Gwynne), and Cefn- mawr Choral Society, Ruabon (Mr G. W. Hughes). The test pieces were The Prayer (Dr. Joseph Parry) and Elgar's "Deep in My Soul (unaccompanied). During the wait for the adjudicators' decision it was announced that the stage manager, Mr Llew Wynne, had awarded to the Bangor conductor the gold medal for the best arrangement and marshal- ling of choirs on the platform. Mr David Evans, Cardiff, in the course of his adjudication said that it was but proper that in these competitions the test pieces should be selected from various schools, not of necessity the English school, but also other schools, in order to develop the resources of the Welsh people. They should also, in spite of what people might say, always include a good sprinkling of Welsh compositions. (Cheers.) The first choir (Crewe) had a good tone, and the balance was good, but somehow the per- formance of the first piece lacked in sympa- thy. There was enough flame, but no heat. In the second piece, which he admitted was a very difficult test, the choir made a poor be- ginning, and again displayed what was the characteristic feature of their singing—want of sympathy. It was hardly up to the standard of what might have been expected. The second choir (Bangor) had rich voices. They sang clearly and produced good tone. They began the firafc movement in the first piece in a splendid manner, produced proper colouring and feeling. The attack by the sopranos might have been more decisive, and there was also a tendency td sharpen a little. The quartette, being strong in quality, was very unsatisfactory. As to the second piece, it was sung with much feeling, and much colour was introduced. This performance hung to- gether well. The third choir (Trecynon) had richer voiees than the other choirs. Theirs were, without exception, good voices, and they produced a fine tone as a choir. Unfortunately, however, not a single note in the first piece (Parry's) was sung in tune, and they got deeper and deeper into this fault as they went along. In Elgar's piece, the choir, being well-trained and of rich voices, gave a very creditable perform- ance. The theme was well-defined, and they had also much colouring. The fourth choir (Cefnmawr) was a choir of bright, clear voices, producing a right tone, and in their performance the audience had that oneness of tone that was so essential to good choral singing. They sang Parry's piece in fairly good time throughout—not possibly absolutely true, but still in fairly good intona- tion from beginning to end. It was correctly sung, and the whole performance was decidedly a musical performance. (Applause.) It was well that Welsh choirs should attend to expres- sion marks, but even expression must be a musical one, and with this choir every effect was a legitimate one, a musical one. In Elgars' piece the tone produced was a sympathetic one. Some of the passages sung by the basses in the second piece were a little sharp. Mr Evans in conclusion said he was voicing the unanimous opinion of his colleagues and himself when he said that the standard had not been a very high one, but they had no doubt whatever that one choir was un- doubtedly the best. The second prize would go to Trecynon—certainly the best choir that had sung but not the choir that had given the best performance that day. The first prize of course went to the best choir that sung—Cefn- mawr. (Applause). This year the Cefnmawr Society attains its majority, and it is meet that it should cele- brate its 21st anniversary with a victory at the National Eisteddfod. It has an excellent re- cord in oratorio work, and has won several prizes in competitions. Last year it was placed third of 11 choirs in the second choral competition at the London National Eisteddfod, and was thus placed first of all the Welsh choirs.Mr G. W. Hughes, G. and L., the conductor, is the precentor of Capelmawr, Rhos, and a member of the governing body of the Tonic Solfa College. The Trecynon Choir was established in 1904, under the conductorship of Mr Wm. Gwynn, as the Trecynon Operatic Society, which was well-known for the excellent work it did for charity. They learnt Welsh operettas during the winter, and performed them, but eventu- ally they decided to go in for competition, and on their first appearance at an Eisteddfod they were declared best-out of 12 choirs com- peting.

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