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Colwyn Bay Eisteddfod Choir Social. MR. JOHN WILLIAMS PRAISES HIS CHOIR. A very successful social was held on Thursday .evening in connection with the choir of the Na- tional Eisteddfod to be held next year at Colwyn Bay. The event was held in the Lecture Hall, wMch had been tastefully arranged, there being also a good display of evergreens, chrysanthe- mums, and other flowers. The arrangements were in the hands of a committee of which Mr R. W. Williams, Colwyn, was the chairman. The committee included Mr and Mrs S. Glynne Jones, Mrs Owen (Llys Aled), Mrs R. W. Wil- liams, Mrs Jos. H. Roberts, Mrs L. M. Burrell, Mirs W. T. Davies, Mr J. O. Lloyd (Renderlam), Mr Ted Evans, and Mr Oswald Jones. The secretaries were Mr J. Lloyd Williams, Haydn Villa, and Mr H. E. Greenfield, to whom much praise is due for the success of the event. The full strength of the choir is about 280, and out of that number about 120 members were present, was was considered very satisfactory, consider- ing the -scattered area from which the members ale drawn. The Lecture Hall has a peculiar suitability for the holding of a social. It is compact, cosy, and at all times comfortable. The scene on Thursday was a; bright one, the ladies being at- tired in white and cream, and the utmost vivacity prevailed. "OUR MR. WILLIAMS." Mr S. Glynne Jones was the happy conductor of the proceedings, and his popularity was proved by the manner in which the company fell ,in with his directions and. suggestions. And when the highly-esteemed choir conductor, Mr John Williams, put in an appearance having journeyed from Carnarvon for the occasion,, he was greeted with loud cheers. One cannot but ba impressed with the fact that there is a har- mony between the genial conductor and his choir, which augurs well for ultimate success. Mr Glynne Jones greatly delighted the choix when he stated that he was no longer going to call their conductor Mr John Williams, of Car- narvon, but Our Mr Williams," and to trrs mark of affection there was a hearty response. Certain, it is that Mr Williams's friends success- fully endeavour to make him quite as much at home in Colwyn Bay as he is in Carnarvon,. The proceedings were opened by a pianoforte solo by Miss Nellie A. Roberts, and this most valuable member of the choir was heartily greeted. Miss Gertrude Hoskins next gave the song The Kingdom Beautiful," in acceptable manner. Mr Glynne Jones announced that the chair- man of the Executive Committee of the Eistedd- fod (Mr James Amphlett) was unable to be pre- sent, he having to go away by the mail. For a capital rendering of The Skin-cer," Mr D. Llewelyn Davies, who was in good voice, was rapturously applauded. That Colwyn favourite and prize-winner, Miss Edith Shields, sang in faultless fashion, At the Ferry." Miss Shields' pure and sympathetic voice in gaining in richness, and much will be expected of her in the future. Mr Wadge sang the rollicking nautical song, Anchored," and the members, fully aware that there was to be no set singing by the choir, joined lustily in the chorus, and it may be questioned whether there was ever, in ,the Lecture Hall, such a volume of good sing- ing as was heard in this song. It certainly gave Mr Wadge a great stimulus. THE CONDUCTOR AND HIS CHOIR. The Chairman then adroitly called upon the conductor, Mr John Williams, to give them a song. As Mr Williams proceeded to the stage there was loud applause and high expectations of a song, but Mr Williams, with an affected seriousness, said he positively refused to sing. ("Oh !") He had come there to be entertained, for he had sufficient hard work in Colwyn Bay. However, he was not at all sorry to have the opportunity! of saying a word or two. He was very pleased to be there. He considered it his duty to be there—(applause),—and he was sure that those who were not present would be sorry that they had not come. He was immensely pleased to be able to meet the members of his choir in that free and easy manner, and he was also very pleased with the progress made by them.. They were musically sound. He wouFd like to have about forty or fifty more members, say ten or twelve of each of the four voices. It would be no use bringing members into the choir who had no further training beyond hymn singing, and he asked the members, if they knew of some good trained singers, to bring them along. He hoped to make his 1910 Eisteddfod Choir second to none which had ever been. (Ap- plause.) His interest in the Colwyn Bay Choir was quite as keen as if the members lived in Carnarvon,, and nothing would prevent him doing his very best for it, and he was delighted I with the way in which the members turned up for the rehearsals. He wished to. thank them all for, their kindness and help shown him on every occasion he came amongst them. (Loud applause.) Mr S. Glynne Jones, in a short speech, said he hoped the choir which had been formed would continue beyond the Eisteddfod of 19:10. He believed the Eisteddfod a very important in- stitution for the uplifting- of young people, and that was why he gave it his support. Referring to tlhe idea of a social in connection with the choir, Mr Jones said it was with a view of fos- tering an esprit de corps and good fellowship among the members, and it was his wish and fervent hope that the choir was not goine to be a choir for the Eisteddfod alone. He hoped it wiould remain a strong, united choir, and that grand oratorios would be taken up. Why should they not have a strong oratorio choir in Colwyn Bay, and go 0111: singing until they were all old. men and women (Laughter, and ap- plause.) Mr John Williams having to leave for his train for Carnarvon, the company sang For he's a jolly good fellow, and gave three cheers. Mrs Griffiths, Keiinion Villa, sang The Holy City," the choir joining in the chorus. During the evening the greatest hilarity was caused by the introduction of the game Cele- brities." Mr Glynne Jones was the director. Further songs were given by Mr Llewelyn Davies and others, and a very successful gather- ing was brought; to an end with the rendering of the Welsh National Anthem. -4.

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