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EISTEDDFOD -MEIRION.I

THE EISTEDDFOD.

THE MORNING MEETING.

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THE MORNING MEETING. The morning meeting was presided over by Mr Trevor Owen, M.A., Swansea, headmaster of Swansp;, County School, and until lately of Carnar- von County School. This meeting was conducted by Mr Edward Williams (Llew Meirion), who commenced the pro- j ceedings bv singing Hen wlad fy nhadau," after which the adjudication on the translations to French was delivered by Professor Bryner Jones, Bangor, who stated that Mr T Hudson Williams and himself had decided that the prize should be equally divided between Messrs Glyn Edwards and Rd Edwards, who it appeared are cousins, and were similary successful last year. Two competitors came forward on the violin solo, Romance (H Garstin) for which a prize of RI was awarded, after which Mr Furlong's adjudication of the pen an ink sketch of King Edward VII was read, He had selected the three following as best:—Bellini, Brython, and Lover of Art, and stated that none of the drawings were of exceptional merit, but Bellini was the best, who proved to be Mr Wm Hughes, Cerrig-y-Pruidion, and he was duly invested by Miss Nesta Edwards. Mr Bennett then came forward to read his adjudication on the violin solo. He said, that the first competitor was evidently suffering from nervousness, and he could not say that he was satisfied with the rendering. No 2, a lady competitor, was better, Mr Bennett remarking that it was an instrument always played better by a lady, and he would award the prize to her. The adjudication on the composition A day in Dolgelley" for which a prize of 92 2s was awarded, was read by Prof Bryne Jones, who stated that compositions had been received from lolo Morganwg, Dolgelleyite and A.B.C., which were however very indifferent, but those received from Agnes Geneth or Dre and Bodlyn, were of a much better standard; and of these three Bodlyn was the best, but he did not think that even this deserved the full prize and the half prize was consequently awarded to this competitor, who proved to be Mrs Evans, London, until lately of Coedcymmer, Dol- gelley, wholwas invested by Mr C E J Owen, Hen- gwrtucha, amid cheers. A soprano solo competi- tion followed "I will extol Thee" (Costa) for which a prize of X2 was awarded. Three came forward, after which the adjudication on the stanzas "Jesus in the home of Simon was read, for which a prize of a gold medal was awarded by Messrs Williams.. Bros, Greenwich House, Dolgelley. The Rev Parri Huws saicl that out of 16 competitors Elwy was the best. This competitordid not answerto his name. On the soprano solo competition Mr Bennett said that the second competitor WaS decidedly out of tune, the intonation was imperfect and it was alto- gether unsatisfactory, the last competitor had a good voice, and had given a good rendering on the whole, but it could be improved. He would recom- mend her to go on with singing, she undoubtedly had great capabilities, but he had no difficulty in awarding the prize to the first singer, who had given a splendid rendering, and he thought she had a great future before her. The winner was Madame Eivion Jones, Penygroes. The Chairman in an appropriate speech, referred to the fact that the eisteddfod still retained a firm hold in the affections of the Welsh Nation. It had done great work in the past, and would he thought do so again (hear, hear). Wales was not strong in population, but in many ways she could do much work in the history of nations, and this was one of them. He thought that the eisteddfod would flourish as long as the Welsh nation existed (cheers). The next item was the contralto solo competition, The Pilgrim (W Davies), for which a prize of .El was offered. Three ladies came forward, after which the adjudication of Messrs J Leigh Taylor, C R Williams, and Capt Bailey on the chair was brought up, and the best was stated to be that of Mr Griffith Jones, Dolgelley, who was invested by Miss Millard. The adjudication on the chair, subject "Paradise" was read by the Rev Pari Huws, who stated that the best out of 15 competi- tors was Dan y halmwvdd,' who proved to be Athron." Festiniog, and who was duly chaired with great ceremony, the comet and drawn sword being very much in evidence. The usual three questions were asked, and being duly answered satisfactorily by the audience. Athron was declared THE CHAIR WINNER for the year and bardic addresses were delivered by Messrs Simon Jones, Llew Meirion, Glan Wnion, Rev Parri Huws, and Ap Alltud Eirion. Mrs Jones Griffith duly invested the successful bard amidst cheering. Mr Evan Francis declared the subject for next year to be "Anrhydedd" (Honour). A song was then excellently rendered by Miss Laura Evans, Henllan, one of the artistes who had been engaged for the meeting, who was loudly enoored and responded with Gwlad y Delyn." Mr Bennett adjudicating on the contralto solo competition, said that the voices were more mezzo-soprano than con- tralto, which was as common as the proper voice was rare. The first singer was well ahead of the other and sang in a much superior manner and the prize fell to her. She proved to be Miss Patty Roberts, Portmadoc. Three competitors came for- ward on the tenor solo "On away awake Beloved" (S Coleridge Taylor), for which a prize of E2 was offered and a splendid competition rpsulted, which was won by Edward Lloyd, Festiniog, Mr Bennett remarking that the piece was a very difficult one and although they were amateurs only, they had given a splendid rendering. Only one choir com- peted on the chief choral competition for which a prize of z640 was offered. It consisted of (a) chorus Siug unto God" (Handel), and (b) part-song Sylvia" (J H Roberts). In addition to the sum of money, a gold medal was also offered to the con- ductor and accompanist. Only one choir however put in an appearance, viz., that of Festiniog led by Cadwaladr Roberts. Mr Bennett said that a very good rendering had been given more especially in the first chorus which had been exceptionally well done, the bass particularly deserving great praise. As they had to face no competitors they received only £ 20. A vote of thanks proposed by Dr Isaac Jones, San Francisco, son of Alltnd Eivion (Port- madoc), seconded by Mr Harvey Jones with a characteristic humourous speech, brought the morning meeting to a close. THE AFTERNOON MEETING. The Hon C H Wynn, Rhûg, presided over the afternoon meeting and Dr Jones Morris, Port- madoc, and Llew Meirion conducted. The pro- ceedings were opened by a song by Miss Laura Evans, Henllan, which was warmly cheered. There was only one competitor for any solo on a wood instrument, Mr Walter McLean, whom Mr Barret pronounced to have given a splendid rendering and who was well worthy of the prize of £1, which was awarded. [The adjudicators for the best sticks were Col Scott and Mr Robt Pugh, who said that the best was Mr Henry Jones, Bontddu. The competition was however so good that the Judges decided to award the other five competitors 4s each. The next item was the adjudication of Elvet on the best epigram on the subject Dove." There were no less than 19 competitors and the prize fell to Mr L E Davies, Bryamman, South Wales. Only one choir came forward in the choral competition. The test piece was Abide with me (D Ll Evans) for which a prize of X10 and a gold medal was offered to the conductor, the latter being given by Mr G Owen Williams. This choir came from Harlech and was led by Mr John Owen. Mr Bennett said they had given a fair rendering but it was not a choir of the first grade. He regretted there were no more competing, but under the circum- stances the prize would go to them. A trombone solo competition followed in which Mr Rd Jones, Dolgelley, was successful out of three. The Chairman was then called upon for a speech. Mr Wynn said that he waa very pleased to be again present and wished them all the compliments of the season. The Rev Edward Hughes, Barmouth, dealing with the translation into Welsh said that the prize of £1 would be awarded to J Bennett Jones, Penrhyn, who was well worthy of it. The next item was the adjudication on hand painting on china, the adjudicators being Mrs Holland and Miss Jones-Parry, who equally divided the prize between Miss May Roberts, Cambrian House. Dolgelley, and Miss Kay, Birmingham, represented by Miss Griffiths, Dolgelley. For an elegy on the late Mr J Vaughan a prize of £1 was awarded to Mr L R Davies, Brynamman, South Wales. In the bass solo competition which followed Blow, blow thou winter winds" four competed, and a prize of £ 2 was offered.. Mr Bennett adjudicating on this said that a splendid competition had resulted, one of the best he had ever heard, and it was difficult to find the best of them. The voices were very much the same, and the test piece was sung in a finely powerful and dramatic manner, and he listened with unalloyed pleasure to the rendering. There was great difficulty in finding the winner, but the balance of merit, although very slight weighed in favour of the first singer, who was Mr Meirion Davies, of Dol- crellev. and he was duly invested by Mrs Jones. Parry. Llew Merion read the adjudication on the Gogan-gerdd War," for which a prize of JE1 was offered and said it had been secured by Y sie. fron who was the Rev W Pari Huws, Dolgelley. The feature of the afternoon was then entered on namely, the male voice competition. The test piece was On the ramparts (A Saintes) for which a prize of £ 10 was offered. Barmouth choir came first led by Mr G Griffiths, and were succeeded by the Moelwyn choir, Festiniog, led by Cadwaladr Roberts. The Rev John Williams, B.A., read Pro. fessor Anwyl's and his own adjudication on the chief essay. Fourteen had come to hand, and it was no easy matter to find the successful candidate. The essay was entitled The progress of Wales during the Victorian reign," and the prize was j65. Mr Williams read a lengthy adjudication, but had no hesitation in giving the prize to Cynfal Caradog who did not answer his name. Mr Guthrie Jones then proposed a hearty vote of thanks to Hon 0 H Wynn for presiding, which was seconded by Mr E M Roberts, Talsarnau, and carried with acclamation. Dr Morris then announced that Cynfal Caradog was Rev R Jones, Llanrwst. Mr Bennett said the male voice choir competition was of a high order and he found very good qualities in both of the choirs. It was almost an impossibility to name the winner, as the defects of one choir were the strong points of the other and vice-versa. He confessed that he could not decide and thought it best to award his decision as a tie. He congratulated them on their performance. The result was received with tumultuous cheering, and this brought the afternoon meeting to a close. THE CONCERT. In the evening, after the eisteddfod, a grand concert was held. It is needless to refer to the treat which is provided in the concert annually, and this was no exception to the rule. The chair was taken by Mr J Leigh Taylor, the president of the choral society. The first part consisted of the performance of The death of Minnehaha (S Coleridge Taylor) by the Idris Choral Society. The total number of the choir was about 130. They were supported by the orchestral band, under the leadership of Mr Vasco V Akeroyd, Liverpool, and the chief vocalists were Miss Evangeline Florence, London, soprano; Miss Laura Evans, Henllan, con. tralto; Mr David Hughes, London, bass; and Mr W L Barrett, London, solo flautist, whilst the onerous duties of conductor were carried out by Mr 0 0 Robeits. A truly excellent rendering was given, and the choir were warmly cheered at the close. Part two consisted of a miscellaneous pro- programme the first item being a song Yr Unig" by Miss Laura Evans, Henllan, which was splendidly rendered, and needless to add, encored. Miss Evans responded with Peidiwch a ddweyd wrth fy nghariad" which was also very highly appreciated. The Chairman, who was next called upon, said, that they again had secured a splendid meeting, and the sound discretion and judgment of the committee were well justified by the day's results. With reference to the first part of the pro- gramme, the performance reflected the utmost credit upon the choir, the orchestra, and especially upon Mr 0 0 Roberts, whose grand work on behalf of the society was so well known to them. Then a great deal of thanks was due to their valued friend and adjudicator, Mr Bennett, who so kindly came down to the meeting to judge for them (hear, hear). In conclusion he would like to wish if possible still greater success to the Meirion Eisteddfod (cheers). A flute solo by Mr W L Barrett followed which was beatifully ren. dered and highly appreciated, judging by the plaudits of the audience. An irisn aong (Arthur Foote) was then given by Miss Evangeline Florence. This was magnificently done, and in response to repeated demands for encore, the vocalist sang Spring is coming in a very pleasing manner. The bass solo, "Ruddierthan the oherry" by Mr David Hughes, London, was the next item, with orchestral accompaniment, and was vocifer. ously encored, the applause being deafening. It was responded to by the same, which was again enoored, cries of Welsh song coming from all directions, and after some pressure he gave Merch y cadben" in brilliant style. An oboe solo was next rendered by Mr Lallande who, Mr 0 0 Roberts observed, was one of the foremost players of that instrument in the country, and he justified his excellent reputation. A vote of thanks was then proposed by Mr C E J Owen, Hengwrtucha, to the chairman for presiding. He referred in eulogistic terms to the hearty support given by Mr J Leigh Taylor to