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PIER PAVILION CONCERTS. LOOKING BACKWARD. The special concerts come and' go, and the prOigmmme of music, vocal and instrumental, continues to keep the crowd of visitors happy, interested and delighted. The programmes have this year proved .-eminently successful, and one has but to make .a marginal note at the end of each evening, reckon up the number of pieces and songs en- ,cored and note, the general applause which greets almost every item, to get a very good idea of Mr Payne's capabilities in the way of ,catering for his audiences. The singers change, new faces appear, and old favourites return, ,ea,ch and all standing on their merits and wel- ,comed accordingly. A large proportion of the audiences have "been made up of visitors, whose faces have ■become familiar to us through their repeated 'visits to Llandudno, many attracted, no doubt, by the music which has for so many years 'been a remarkable feature of the Pier IPavilion. It seems but a few weeks ago since the open- -ing of the concert season of 1908, and now, here we are rapidly approaching the last week 'in September, and the twenty-third concert ,week wall soon be a thing of the past. Cer- tain it is, that the fame and popularity achieved by this orchestra., long ago, has this year become still more determined and intensi- fied, and the individual members may rest assured that their efforts to please the public have, on all sides, met with the warmest ap- preciation, and the highest praise.. ? Mr Arthur Payne will conduct his last con- cert at the Pier for this season to-night (Saturday), and he will be accorded a flatter- ing send-off. All the world' knowls it will be "au revoir" and not good-bye; and also that, for another fortnight, a, portion of the orchestra will remain in our midst under the baton of Mr Walter Haigh, the sub-conductor, It is ancient history now, but still worth ireoorlding that it is to Mr Haigh and his brother musicians the credit is due for intro- ducing in our midst, amongst other famous vocalists, Mr Herbert Brown and Miss Lucy Nuttall, and we are looking forward with more -than oædJinary interest to the next fortnight's ,extension concerts, and no little expectation, ■and from all accounts wier shall not be dis- appointed:. LOOKING FORWARD. Mr and Mrs Arthur W. Payne are, leaving Llandudno for the winter, on Sunday next, and we understand they hope to visit the Capitals ,of Europe ere they again return to Llandudno; After such a strenuous time we could have wished that Mr Payne was taking his vacation now insteard of later; but he finds it absolutely imposSlible, and on Monday morning he com- mences the rehearsals for the forthcoming Bristol Festival, and his very important posi- tion, as conductor of the Royal Amateur Orchestral Society, has to be considered. Con- ,cening this appointment, which was first made public in these columns, we cull the follow- ing from a London journal:- "It will be remembered that I recently noted the retirement of Mr Arthur Payne from the position of conductor to the Stock Ex- ,change Orchestral Society. I am glad to learn he has been appointed to succeed Mr Ford1 as conductor of the Royal Amateur Orchestral Society. The appointment must be peculiarly gratifying to, Mr Payne, as he has been elected by the members of the orchestra, which is the "best possible proof of their confidence in his abilities. Hit/heirto the, appointment has been :a matter of patronage. On this occasion the members petritioill.ed that they might elect iheir own conductor, and the King has con- gratulated the Society on its selection." Mr Payne has received many letters of con- gratulations, and amongst them is one from the Hon. Secretary of the Society, which is as follows: — "Dear Mr Payne,—I have much pleasure in informing you that I have to-day received official intimation from Lieut,-Col. Sir Arthur Bigge that H.R.H. The Prince of Wales approves of your appointment, in succession to Mr Efnest Ford, as conductor to the Royal Amateur Orchestral Society." We also learn that Mr Payne has been asked to conduct the London Symphony Orchestra, at the Royal Albert Hall, for several Sunday concerts, and also the Playgoers Club Concert on Sunday, November 15tJh, so that what with his professional work at the Guild Hall School and his Provincial Tours we imagine Mr Payne will be kept very busy. Mr Payne, in a brief chat during a few minutes of one of the intervals, spoke in the warmest terms of appreciation for the pier QTchesira and.' the audienee"anid he is already looking forward to returning to us in May next. Mr and Mrs Payne will leave on Sunday with the heartiest wishes for the future, of all who know them, The. many thousands of visi- tors to Llandudno will join with the residents in following the career of Mr Payne with added interest from the. fact that he has secured such an important appointment—and this on merit alone—and further, it has the. approval of Royalty. SEVENTEENTH GRAND SPECIAL. MR. HERBERT BROWN (Baritone). Gounod" s "Vulcan's Song" (Philemon et Baucis) was the song set down to Mr Brown's name, and the applause which signalised his appearance having subsided, he. gave a. most perfect rendition of this most famous song, J. E. West's "Cheerily 0!" followed as an I encore, and only just escaped a further de- mand. German's "Glorious Devon" in the second half was' equally acceptable at the hands of the large audience, and again Mr Brown had to respond; indeed throughout his week's visit this vocalist has met with his usual success at Llandudno, and. double en- cores have been again secured by him,. He. may have been in equal voice on prior visits, but he certainly has never sung better, and thoroughly deserves the innumerable good things expressed by the audience. MR. FREDERIC1 SIEGL (Solo Violinist). MT Siegl is playing just now at his best, and






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