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Opening of a New Organ at Portfy Ou Thursday evening, the 13rd instant, a grand organ tecital was given at balem Chapel, Percb, on the occasion of the openiDg of a new < rgan, built by W. G. Vowles, Bristol, which coutaius a. great orsian of 8 stops, swell organ of 10 stops and pedal orgau of 3 stops. which. with the couplers tctals £ 5 stops. It has pitch pine front with plain pipes, built to n"it design, and is fixed in chamber behind the pulpit. The chapel has been renovated throughout and fitted with electric light. The organist was Mr Harry Evans, F.R.C.O Dowlais, assisted by Sladarn" S. J. Thomas, Lb.ueily, soprano; Mr Richard Thomas, Llaweliy, tencr and the Salem choir conducted by Mr Rhjs Evans. The president was T. Gr.fEths, Efq, J 1' Penybryrt, Cymmer. Programme Overture, "William Tell"' (Kossini) by "Ir Evans in his usual style; sorg, "The Good Shepherd" (Barri), by Mr R. Thomas, who possesses a remarkably Cue voice fantasia on Crug bar composed and played by Mr Evans. The old tune has been treated in a free manner by Mr Evans wi',h variations for flutes, original harmonies for celeste and soft btops recitative and fugal exposition, and concludes with the ineioiv accompanied by a runnin" bass for full organ needless to say, it was well played song, Hear, ye Israel (Elijah), was f xcelleutly rendered by Madame S. J. Thomas, which was loudly applauded the choir s:mg chorus •' Lead, kiudiy Light." conducted by 5Jr Ilhvs Evans, and accompanied on the organ by tbf> composer, Mr Evans. Mr Kichards, Llwyncebn, during the course of his remarks, congratulated the church ou the possession of so fine an instrument. ong, The Heavenly Song," by Mr Richard Thomas, which was well sung and loudly applauded by the audience; organ solo (a) Cantilene Nnptiaie —Dubois (b) Iriperial Nlareli-Eigar- by Mr Evans, followed by a duet, I Love Divine (Stainer), surg by Madame Thomas and Mr R. Thomas, this beautiful duet was splendidly sung by both artistes and much enjoyed. Mr Talieein Hopkin .Iso complimented the church at Salem on their new organ and made a few remarks which it would be well for the church to remember; the hymn tune, "Ellacombe" was sung by the whole audience; grand fantasia, 1; torm" (Leuimens) by Mr Lvans, which was skillfully rendered. itt-cit. and air, I will extol thee Cota), Madame .Thomas over- ture, "ltuy Bias" on the organ by Mr Evans s -In, I- My hope is in the Everlastiug" (Stainery, by Mr K. Thomas; chorus, *'Bv Babylon's Wave" (Gounod), choir organ solo, Andante in G (llaptiste), marc;, and chorus, ilail, bright abode" (Wagner!. by Mr Evans song, "The Holy Light" (Davies', by Madame Thomas; hymn tune, Yr lien Ganf«d" concluded the concert. It would be well in fut ure in such concerts to prevent undue speech making as it encroaches too much on the concert, asul causing many who h id to go home eaily, to have only just half the concert. We ar,, I hat so many Nonconformist churches have now gone in for organw. We hope the next st"p will be to have orchestral baud? attached as well to supplement and aid, but not t,) supersede the congregations in hymns of t praise. I

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