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Mr Walter Haigli, the conductor, is to be congratulated on the programmes pro- vided. In keeping going a scheme of this kind it is advisable to make some slight variation in the planning of the pro- grammes, and Mr Ifaigh has excelled him- self in this department, as has been evi- dencied in the number of encores and re- quests for repeats. PRINCIPAL EVENTS. The principal events have, of course, included the visit of Miss Lucy Nuttall (Mrs Royle), and Miss Dorothy Silk; this latter, one of the best sopranos we have had the pleasure of hearing at these con- certs, and Mr James Coleman, baritone, a vocalist out of the ordinary, who sings, and sings well, but is able to compose songs and render them in a style that at, once appeals to his audiences. He is without exception the happiest vocalist in temperament that we have at the Pier Concerts. He always' come on smiling, putting his audiences in the best of moods, and throughout one feels satisfied that they are listening to the true and real artist, and that there is no possibility of any breakdown to mar the enjoyment. Mr Haigh's departure was not allowed to go without some special recognition. On the pianforte on Saturday last was to be seen some silver goods, which on in- quiry we learnt consisted of a solid silver fruit basket and three silver plates, the gift of some admiring friends and well- wishers, to Mr Haigh, as a slight recogni- tion of the pleasure he had given them at the Extension Concerts. THE BOY SCOUTS. On Friday evening arrangements had been made for the Boy Scouts to take part in the famous Empire Song1, written and sung by Mr Coleman and dedicated to the Chief Scout, Sir Robert Baden Powell, Although the notice given to the public was of the shortest the attendance was particularly good, and the reception meted out of the heartiest. Needless to say, the Scouts, who lined the front of the plat- form, with Mr Colema,n in the centre, were accorded a most decisive encore, and assisted Mr Coleman in the chorus of "Gentlemen—The King," a song that Mr Coleman has introduced with such con- spicuous success this season, not only at Llandudno, but at the National Eistedd- fod held at Colwyn Bay. It is a song that we have no hesitation in affirming will become intensely popular wherever it is sung. It was heard first in Llandudno, early in the season, and at once caught on with all classes, which is another proof of what Llandudno approves of, being equally popular elsewhere. MISS DOROTHY SILK (Soprano). On this same evening Miss Dorothy Silk made her first public appearance before a Llandudno audience, and met with an instantaneous success. We have no hesi- tation in stating! that Miss Silk will rank as one of if not the most pleasing soprano voices that we have heard at the Pier Con- certs this season. Rossini's Aria, "Una. ¡ Voce poco fa" (11 Barbiere di Seville) was the first item set down to her name, and two songs by Liza Lehmann, "Thoughts have Wings," and "Everybody's Secret" the second. Encores were enthusiastically demanded on each occasion. Her singing was throughout characteristic of the real artist. She is the happy possessor of a voice of charming quality which is en- hanced by a cultured style, which gave one the impression that if all the songs she sang had been specially written for her they could not have been better rendered. A native of Birmngham, Miss Silk was trained at the outset by Madame .Munadien, and later by Professor Ress, of Vienna. We are only expressing the wish of the majority of those who heard her at Llandudno when we say, that we most sincerely hope her first visit will not be her last by many. It" MISS LUCY NUTTALL. The reception given to Miss Lucy Nuttall was most hearty and long drawn out. Thomas's Aria, "Knowest thou the Land" (Mignon) was listened to with the closest attention, and at its termination the outburst of applause was most en- thusiastic. On returning, to bow her thanks for the ovation she was presented with a beautiful bouquet. "A Little Sil- ver Ring" was the song she selected for an encore. In the second half she select- ed Hullah's "Three Fishers" and "0 that. we two were maying" as an encore; but even this did not satisfy the audience, and as a finale to the repeated demands for a still further encore, she sang "Just Her Way." On Sunday evening she sang Squire's "The Watchman" and Liddle's "Abide with Me." For this latter she was obliged to comply with an encore, having twice tried to bow her thanks. She selected "The Lost Chord," during which the silence throughoutceollld he felt. Naturally with audiences of the magni- tude of Saturday and Sunday there were various opinions as to whether Miss Nuttall's voice had improved or not under the French tutor. She has altered her method of production, and sings with far more eaise. There can be no possible doubt that her lower notes are far deeper and richer in tone. Her head notes have yet to be more thoroughly mastered. But what- a voice! We have heard nothing like it, with the exception of Madame Ada Crossley, at the Pier Pavilion; in fact, Miss Nuttall is the nearest approach to this vocalist that we have heard any- where, and in writing this we could not pay Miss Nuttall a higher compliment if we tried. Llandudnoites seem to have taken a personal interest in this vocalist that is quite out of the common, and they look frwa-rd to her future with the kindliest interest, convinced that in her the leading contralto of the day will be found, and that at no distant date. We have no hesitation in saying that we too think that the title of England's leading contralto is in the near future with Miss Lucy Nut-tall. She is not there vet. but she will be, and that ere long. MR. JAMES COLEMAN (Baritone). Of the many excellent songs given us by I Mr Coleman during his week's visit we must not omit to mention his rendition of Handel's "Honor and Arms" on Satur- day, and "He layeth the Beams" on Sun- day. They were simply perfect and fully justified the reception he received. Mr Coleman has established himself as a prime favourite at Llandudno, and his fuutre visits to Llandudno are bound to be highly popular, and no matter whether it be in the early portion, the height of, the extension season, or all there, his re- ception will always be a most cordial one. A MR. GEORGE ATKINSON (Solo Pianist). Mr George Atkinson has throughout the season been suffering most acutely from sciatica, and has not been heard always at his best in his solo perform- ances. There have been exceptions, rnd Sunday last one of them. Greig's "Con- certo in A Minor" was his selection (First Movement), and we have never heard, on a Sunday evening, more hearty or more general applause. Even some of thos.3, who make it a. rule never to show any out. ward show of their appreciation on a Sun- day evening, so far forgot themselves in the keenness of ther enjoyment to join in the general acclaim. Mr Atkinson has oy sheer merit alone made himself a prime favourite with, not only every individual member of the orchestra, and the vocal- ists the latter never tiring of lauding his praises, but with the general public, as is proved by the; fact that many of the re- guests during the season by Mr Payne are for pianoforte soli by Mr Atkinson. The finale of Sunday evening's con- cert, the last of the season, was entrusted to Miss Lucy Nuttall, who sang the solo in the National Anthem. NEXT SEASON. The Pier Company's Concerts will com- mence on Thursday before Good Friday, April 13th, 1911, and continue until Saturday. October 7th. The extension concerts will commence on the 8th and conclude at the end of the month, unless, as it is now suggested, an extra week is added, but this, and ther matters, will, we take it, be left until the annual meet- ing is called, before any definite state- ment is made, or any final arrangements are completed by the Committee.