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PIER PAVILION CONCERTS. "AND NOBODY CAN DENY." What little nerve Mr Payne may have had left, on Saturday evening last, when he advanced from the artistes' room to, commence the concert, stood a chance of being completely shattered by the ovation with which he was greeted by the audience and then, to crown all, the orchestra struck up "For he's a jolly good fellow." It was the last, straw, and dur- ing the whole of Mr Payne's musical career, either as leader or conductor, he has never had a more trying five minutes. He managed somehow to wheel round just at the exact moment and stay any cheering that might, have been attempted. Prior to Mr Payne's arrival several baskets of fruit, and flowers had been placed upon the grand piano, by Mr Owen, the caretaker of the Pavilion, sent by friends and admirers of the highly esteem- 19 ed and popular conductor; indeed the Pier Company never have had a more popular wielder of the baton, or one so highly respected by all classes of the com- munity. This was clearly evidenced on Saturday, when on all sides was heard the oft-repeated query, "Don't you feel sorry Mr Payne's going?" The 'concert was full of what would have been highly enjoyable items, under less depressing condit,ions) but throughout the evening lit wais impossible to get away from the fact that it was the last appear- ance of Mr Payne this season, and the majority present were feeling it, keenly. •K AU REVOIR. When Mr Payne faced the audience to- wards the conclusion of the concert he was enthusiastically cheered for several moments. Silence having been at length restored he said: "Lladies and gentle- men,—It is my usual custom at; the end of each season to say a, few words to you be- fore leaving. On this occasion it gives me special pleasure to do, so, because I have not the slightest doubt that the con- certs have been very highly appreciated. -(Applause.) We have played at least 1,500 different pieces of music, some of them many times, and we have introduced more than 80 new pieces this year2 and I hope to further increase my repertoire in the future.—(Applause.) "I claim there is more good music heard during the summer months at Llan- dudno than any other place in the United Kingdom.—(Applause.) The programmes have been kept up to a very high standard, which I have arranged accord- ing to the general tone of the requests re- ceived. I have been eight, years trying to kill the "Clake Walk," and I believe I have succeeded at, last-,(Ia,-Lighter)-for not one has been asked for this season, for which I am truly grateful. Each Thursday evening has been devoted to classical music, and I am glad to say that we invariably had large audiences, which justifies me in continuing these Thursday concerts of the best music.—(Applause.) "I find that the overture to "Tann- hauser" i,s still first on the list of "re- quests," followed very closely by Mr J. H Fbulds' new suite, "Holiday Sketches." Within the last seven weeks the number of letters received was 42 for "lannhauser" and 37 for Mr Foulds' work.—(Applause.) I am very proud, of course, of the fact that a member of the JPier Pavilion Orchestra was held so higlhy in the esti- mation of the audiences as. a, composer, and I would just like to whisper to Mir F'oulds that I hope to be instrumental in having it performed shortly at very im- portant concert in London.—(Prolonged applause.) Although I am leaving, the concerts will he continued until October llth, under the direction of my friend, Mr Walter Ha%h.—(Applause.) Many of the principal members of the orchestra. are remaining, which is of course a, sufficient guarantee that the prestige of the con- certs will be kept up. "The artistes engaged for this extension series are From September 2,7th to 30th, Miss Laura, Evans; October 1st to 4th, Mr Joseph Cheetham; 5th to 8th, Miss Constance Wilkinson; and last but not least, from October 9th to llth, Miss Lucy Nuttall.—(Applause.) As it is very evident, tha,t the members of the- orchestra are running a great, risk I will ask you to show your appreciation of their work by attending in large numbers. "I ha,ve very little more to say except to thank you for your appreciation, and to express the hope that, we may all meet here, in the best, of health, for many years to come. Au revoir."—(Prolonged ap- plause.) 1 EIGHTEENTH GRAND SPECIAL. The programme at this concert was an exceptionally heavy one, and the numerous encores made the hour of closing con- siderably later than usual. MADAME BLANCHE MARCHESI. Madame M'archesi was warmly received, and sang Alabieff's "Nightingale" most acceptably, and for an encore the ever popular "Cuickoo Song." Saint Saen's ballade, "La Fiancee du Timbalier" and Clarke's "A Birthday Song" were the other songs set down. For the final encore song she sang "Home Sweet Home, MR,. ARTHUR PAYNE, Violin Solo. It is doubtful if Mr Payne ever attempt- ed to play a violin solo under more ner- vous conditions. The effect of the ova- tion meted out, to him had by no means subsided, and the further outburst of ap- plause which greeted him was not cal- culated to steady his nerves. He, played Godard's Berceuse, "Angels Guard Thee" (by request) and being awarded a, terrific recall Mr Payne complied with "0 Star of Eve." » MR J. H. FOULDS (Composer). Mr Foulds' Suite D'orchestra, "Holiday Sketches," to which Mr Payne referred in