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Cwmpark Brass Band.


-------Grand Concerts at Cwmpark.


Grand Concerts at Cwmpark. The Cwmpark folk, whatever outward dis- advantages they labour under, are never back- ward in extending their support to any deserv- ing cause promoted in their midst. We had a splendid opportunity of testing such chari- table spirit during the last week, when two grand concerts were held on Thursday and Saturday respectively at the Park Hall, under the e,uspices of the Cwmpark Brass Band, for whose benefit the proceeds were to be devoted. Though a small and out of the way village, Cwmpark can beast of many privileges and commodities which many flourishing towns fall short. They are situated in the centre of the Ocean stronghold, with its endless commerce, has its own electric light, a church and a Vicar of its own; chapels of every denomina- tion; a debating society, a fine library and commodious hall; a drum and fife band; and last, but not least, its brass band. For a vil- lage of only about three thousand population, surely such privileges are astounding. But the people are enterprising and energetic, and they are ever aspiring to provide every little necessity for the welfare of the place. They arc to be congratulated on the fruitful results of their labours. Their brass band is an in- stitution which is worthy of every support. Its history during the few years it has been in existence affords an example of the enter- prise which characterises the population itself. With but a little field of talent available, the brass band was inaugurated some three years, ago by a few aspiring inhabitants, whose aim it was to establish a permanent and efficient band for the place. The expenses incurred by such a procedure has up to now been entirely borne by the members who have procured in- struments, and all oih"1' necessities from their own financial resources. The services of Mr J. Treharne, Pentre (of the once renowned Pentre Temperance Band) were enlisted as conductor, and under his able tuition a great amount of progress has been marked. Though not having yet entered the competitive arena, the band now propose a change in the pro- gramme from the usual course, and contem- plate an attempt in Eisteddfodic circles. They deserve every credit for their perseverance,and we sincerely wish them every success in the future. Their great need now is an entirely new set of instruments, and towards achieving this object the two concerts were held to con- tribute some aid. The comfortable hall ad- joining the Institute was literally packed on both nights, and the accommodating srace was overtaxed. Extensive preparations were made to ensure the success of the concerts, which appeared to be all that was desired. The sing- 11 in. could not be improved upon. and when such artistes as the following were- present, the feelings of the audiences were naturally raised to eestacyMiss Maggie Morris, Tonyreafil, the famous soprano, of National Eisteadfodau fame; Miss Rachel Thomas, the rising and popular contralto from Mountain Ash; Miss Davies (Llinos Dinas), Mr Ancurin Edwards, Treorky's famous baritone; Mr Howell Davies and Mr John Williams, Mountain Ash, vioiin- (Telorydd Orci). a tenor of great reputation, ist. Mr A. S. Tallis presided at the Thursday evening performance, while Mr Evan Middle- ton acted in a like capacity on Saturday. Mr James Edwards ably acquitted the duties of accompanist. The programme on both nighti was a long and varied one, and the audiences were moved to -raptures at the quality of the singing. Almost every item was encored, and the artistes secured a demonstration of ap- proval in such an enthusiastic manner, as can only be showu i the real lover of music, The band, conducted by the popular Mr Treharne, contributed several interesting items each even- ing. Of Miss Maggie Morris, it is difficult to find ,vords to enhance her already fine and world-famed reputation. She is such a prima- donna in our midst that comment is almost unnecessary. On the occasion in question, she sang with such effect as to storm the audiences who failed to refrain from encoring each song. Her renderings of "Sing, Sweet Bird," "Myfi sy'n magu'r baban," and "Llam y Cariadau," were really excellent, and, indeed, it would be difficult to find one to surpass her in her mag- nificent renderings, or win the entire approval of an audience as Miss Morris did on this occasion. Her duet with Mr Edwards was an- other fine item, and the commendations and encomiums bestowed on her efforts were only deserving, and she earned fevour with those present by her commendable singing, which electrified all. Miss Rachel Thomas, wth her powerful contralto voice, proved another popular artiste. This is only her second appearance in the vicinity, and her re-appearanco was welcome. No one can dispute the beautiful and rich quality of her voice, which was heard to great effect on this occasion. Her first item was "When the heart is young,' for which she was encored, the re- sponse being, "She wore a wreath of roses. Her rendering of "Gwlad y Delyn" was also magnificent, and throughout her appearance was successful and well appreciated by her attentive listeners. Miss Morris and Miss Thomas would indeed be very difficult to sur- pass for their rich and powerfully attractive singing., and no true lovers of music could wish for superior artistes. Mr Aneurin Edwards is another soloist of repute, who has by his won d-erful performances during the last twelve months won for himself the distinction of be- ing one of the most popular baritones in South j WJales. Being a great favourite locally, he never fails to draw forth admiration from all quarters. His interpretations of "In Old Mad- 1 rid" and "Anchored" left nothing to be desired his singing being loudly appreciated.. He blen- ded in beautifully harmony with Miss Morris in the duet. and shared a fair amount of the praises of the evening. Miss Davies (Llinas ( Dinas). a comparatively young aspirant in the musical world, proved herself a capable singer. She succeeded in extracting the ap- 1 preeiation of the crowd, and although yet not an accomplished ginger, she bids fair in the fuLurc to become one. Her renderings of ] "Merch y Melinydd" and "My Old Man John" were certainly good, and further training and cultivation will enable her to blossom forth into a fine artiste. She is evidently not of the standard and company of Miss Morris, but her future is assured with improvement that is bound to take place in future engagements. Mr Hewell Davies, the Treorky tenor, on Thurs- day evening, did exceedingly well, but suffered from a cold on the last evening, and was not so effective. Still he possesses a sweet voice, and with proper care would probably develop into a powerful singer. Mr John Williams introduced a welcome changc to the programme with a few fine selections on the violin, and Mr J Treharuo a spirited solo on the cornet, and the variations were thoroughly appreciated. In ill. the concert was a perfect success, the quality of the singing being of a very high jrder. We compliment the officials, of whom Mr Pryce Jones made a most efficient and ener jetic secretary, and Mr J. A. Evans, treasurer, upon their efforts, and trust that the aid melerl out to the band will reach the maximum which they so thoroughly deserve. The presidents were accorded hearty votes of thanks for their sci vices.


---------Uaqtwit Fardre Eisteddfod.