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PIER CONCERTS. I FOURTEENTH SPECIAL BREAKS ALL RECORDS. Anyone who has been a constant attendant at these Saturday night specials must have seen that, sooner or later al1. previous best on record wo,-ildi have to go by the board. This j happened at last Saturday's concert, for at twenty-five minutes to eight, ten minutes before the advertised hour of starting, "Standing Room Only" was pasted up, bm sitill they came, until ev-ii standing was well-r igh impossible in the reserved part of the house, and im- mediately a seal was vacated there was a rush to .secure it. With one exception it was a. good natured crowd, and the exception was promptly dealt with and has money returned. There aire, it seems, some few unreasonable persons still left, and to arrive a quarter-of-an hour late at a concert, and expect to find a vacant seat, although the management have announced', standing room only, is about the limit. Extreme oases require extreme measures, and it is satisfactory to note they were taken on this occasion. < MISS LAURA EVANS-WILLIAMS (Soprano). "Lo! hear the gentle Lark," Bishop's de- lightful song, was the first item, set down to Miss Laura Evans-Williams, with flute obligator f by Mr A. Halstead. This vocalist may have sung better, but we doubt it. It was a perfect piece of vocalisation, and called forth terrific applaiuse and demands for an encore. "Where's Hugo" was the result, and again Miss Wil- liams hugely delighted hetr audience. TWo siongs were set down to her name in the second half, Elgar's "Pleading" and Cowen's "Birtih I day" she was exceedingly happy in both, and heir final, for a further encore, "The Last Rose of Summer"giainedi her unstinted applause. This vocalist was equally pleasing on Sunday evening when she sang Costa's "I will extol Thee" and Gounod's "Entreat me not to leave Thee." Applause, loud and long sustained, compelled Miss Laura Evans-Williams to re- tumn and bofv., her acknowledgements. Through- out her week's visdt Miss Williams has met with the most complete success, a success she has thoroughly merited. MADAME: KIRKBY LUNN (Contralto). Madame Kirkiby Lunn is one of the leading stars of thecoThåerlt platform, .and the ovation with which she was greeted both before and after her renditions were worthy of such an artiste. The Aria, "0 mio Fernatndo" (La Favorita) by Donizetti was listened to with the keenest delight, and we have rarely heard any- thing finer. "Love is a Dream" was, the song given for the ineviitaible. Hermann Lohr's "One Day" was the second item programmed to her name, and for this she again secured the herurtiestot Tecalls. Her encore item was equally pleasing, and a still further encore was persisted in and .given. Needless to say, the audionce gave her a most enthusiastic send off at the finale, andl we think Madame, Lunn will agree writh uis that it was the finest reception she has ever received at Llandudno. DAWSON FREER, (Basso-Car tanti). On Motnday evening Mr Dawson Freer sang Mozart's Aria, "Non piu Andrad'- ("Figaro)'), and was given a. most flattering recall, for which he: sang "Because," which gained him ,still further applause. His renditions were marked! by clever treatment, his phrasing was distinctly good for so youlng an artiste, and he should make great liead'way in the profes- is ion of his adoption. The possessor of a pleasing voice", he gained many Dew .admirers, at this his first appearance at Llandudno. GEORGE ATKINSON (Solo Pianist). On Monday last Mir George Atkinson gave a singularly fine rendering of Liszt's Concerto in E Flat for pianoforte. No piainst has ever received such an lovatioinat the Pavilion con- certs, the applause lasting at least four minutes, until Mr Payne came forward and asked the indulgence of the audience (on be- half of Mr George Atkinson) who was evidently very tired. It is hoped that a repetition of this work will be given ion Wednesday next. ♦ MR. J. H. FOULDS (Composer) Last Wednesday's .concert was made par- ticlarly interesting by the first performance of a violin solo, ?utitled "Melddie" (J. H. Foulds). Mr Arthur W. Payne played' the solo, accom- panied by the composer, who met with a per- fect ovation on seating himself at the piano- forte. That the piece was at once received with the greatest favour was evidenced by the continuous applause which greeted the "com- poser and soloist at the terminatiqn of the piece. We hope to. hear this new composition of the clever young 'oeIlMt many times in the future. MISS MARIE HALL'S MATINEE. Miss Marie Hall gave a matinee at the Pier PayiliOllrrn Thursday last, a,.i(l. mat with a most cordial reception, in fact for her final item the aodiience, even after an encore, cheered for several minutes. This world- reiniowned lady viicjinist was in her happiest vein, and played' most delightfully. Miss Louise Basche made a great impression on the audience with her -pianoforte soli, and was very deservedly recalled. Mr C. Stuart Edwards's songs wre finely interpreted, and: he also came in for a share of tihie public's favour. FIFTEENTH GRAND SPECIAL. The, artistes for to-night (Saturday's) concert include Miss Evangeline Florence, soprano, and Mr Henry Turnpenny, tenor. Both vocaMsts .are cteservedly great favourites of the pierooncent patrons, and a capital house is assured for this evening. A SINGER'S DILEMMA. A story told by Miss Evangeline Florence of a dilemma we give in her .awn worcls "Soon after I came to England (from America) I was asked at short notice to take the place of another singer, who became suddenly ill, at the Welsh National Eisteddfod. I was told that part of my work would be to .sing solo, the opening lines -of "God Save the Queen, it was in time of the late Queen Victoria. Being an American. I was not familiar with the Eng- lish National Anthem., and I asked the accom- panist to plan the air to me I recognised it at once ais the same music to which we, in the United States, sing our national song, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty." etc., and Ifrellt quite at ease. The worrds were w,Titten,o,u,t !I-v me, and I began the song quite confidently. But I had been careless in ,CIOnDing my text, and, to my chagrin and the uproarious amusement of the audience, I shouted out, "God isave our ancient Queen." The song got no further. I have many times since then sung on the same platform, and on every occasion a ripple of recollection of that faux-pas has passed over the audience, meet- ing with a somewhat Shamefaced response from myself."

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