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MUSIC IN RHYL. LAST Thursday we had the pleasure of list- ening to the R-hyl Choral Society's perform- ance of Hiawatha's Wedding Feast" and The Death of Minnehaha." With the exception of a few reserved seats in the body of the hall tho New Pavilion was packed with an appreciative and enthusiastic audience. We greatly feared that such a work as tlllS would be far too great a task for the Society- A town of the size of Rhyl can hardly be expected to produce many trained voices, yet with the talent that was at the disposal of the conductor, Mr. Richard Bromley, to whom the musical section of Rhyl owes a deep debt of gratitude, thev were able not only to give an agreeable performance, but to surprise us with their freedom from blemishes. Un- fortunatelv, the Society is deficient in male voices. This, no doubt, accounted for a slight nervousness on the part of the basses, which caused them to be sometimes weak in their leads. Jt would be of great advantage to the choir if they would read over the words of the works which they are to perform, and trv without the aid of the music to givo full expression to each word, endeavouring at the same time to illustrate its meaning by its rhythm, imagining for themselves when a syllable should be represented by a long or a short note. Had they done this, the choir would certainly have given many words a far more realistic effect than they did. Then we would not have cause to complain of-what sometimes amounted to an entire disregard of some of the marks of expression. It is these things which show the superiority of one choir over another, and they can only be. mastered by a diligent study of the works and an entire grasp of the spirit of thû compo- sition. Let not the choir be disheartened by these words of criticism. The fact that they are mentioned alone shows that the perform- ance was of a superior nature. We do not criticise the niceties of an artiste's techniqua until he has mastered the rules of composition. Of the soloists Miss Emily Breare was by fer the best. Her technique was excellent, and her sympathetic nature was fully evident. She so pleased the audience that Mr. De Jong, the Musical Director, immediately engaged her for one of the August conceits. Mr. Furness Williams, a native of Ruthin, of whom we had heard great things, was the tenor. His voice was rather thin, and was evidently tired. Had lie avoided the persist- ent tremolo, lie would have been more to our liking. Mr. Emlyn Davies, who was respons- ible for the baritone solos, sang with his accustomed brilliancy. The orchestra was composed of Mr. De Jong's Orchestra and the Rhyl, Orchestral Society, under the able leadership of Mr. Haselden. This combination made the in- strumental part far too strong for the choir. In spite of the conductor's efforts, the orchestra porsisted in playing the intro- duction to the Death of Minnehaha far too loudly, thus losing entirely the beautiful effect of the music. The second part of tho concert was devoted to miscellaneous itoms, when the audience again showed their appreciation of Miss Breare by demanding an encore to Greig's Sol- veig's Song." An'excellent Harp Solo by Mr. Jarvis was enthusiastically received. Rhyl's enterprise in building a grand Concert Hall and providing good music is worthy of better support than was received last season. Already this year, Mr. De Jong has provided the town with the best of music. Compos- itions of Wagner, Weber, Grieg, Tchaikovsky and other classical composors are continually to he heard. Amongst the vocalists engaged for this season are Miss Evangeline Florence, Miss Lilly Wormwald, and Mr. John Bardslev. To cater for those who prefer a chango to the music, Mr. Leslie Harris has been engaged for a week in August. We hope that many visitors will be drawn to Rhyl because of this enterprise, and thus reward those who are zealously labouring in tho field of culture.


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