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LLANELLY EISTEDDFOD. This eisteddfod was held on Monday last, which was a fine day. The spacious Market hall, where the eisteddfod was held, was densely packed, and hundreds were unable to gain ad- mission, and had to be satisfied with listening from a raised platform outside the hall. The presidents of the eisteddfod were Lard Ashburnham, Sir A. K. C. Stepney, Bart M.P., Mr D. Randell, M.P., Major Bythway and Mr Joseph Mayberry, and conductor, Mr John George. Adjudicators, Signor Alberto Randyger Mr D. Jenkins, Mus. Bac. and (for tests), Mr Dyfed Lewis and Messrs A. W. Swindell, H. Radcliffe, and Luther Owen accompanied. Both Sir Arthur Stepney and Lord Ashburnham were unable to be present, and the chair was taken by Mr Randell. The following were the COMPETITIONS. BASS SOLO, "Now Heaven in fullest glory Shone" (from the Creation), prize El Is. Twenty-five competitors, three selected to ap- pear at the eisteddfod. The conductor here in- troduced Signor Alberto Randeggar and Mr David Jenkins, Mus. Bac., as the musical ad- judicators for the day. Winner, Mr Evan Evans, Morriston, who was invested by Madame Martha Harries, R A.M. CHILDREN'S COMPETITION. Sleighing Glee (Dr. Parry); not less than 30 voices. Prize E5. Four competing choirs—Dafen Choir (conductor, Mr J. Morris) Llanelly Choir (conductor, Mr D. Jones) Llangennech Choir (conductor, Mr J. C. Harries) and Melyn Choir (conductor, Mr S. Arnold). Winner, Dafen Juvenile Choir. '1'1". "n;¡"+-H" n.n.. inmiitort hu TVTisa TVTarinrmft xne WNUU WUI N no IIUKOIW UJ "UJa.I • Evans. CONTRALTO SOLO.- Glory to Thee, my God (Gounod), in B flat or C. Prize, 21 Is. (given by Mr Te-id James). Eleven competitors, three appearing on the platform. Winners, first prize, Miss Kate Morgan, of Dowlais, and the second prize 10s 6d (given by Major Bythway), Master David Rees, of Felinfoel. — Mr W. Y. Nevill invested Miss Morgan, and Mrs Harries (Llangennech) Master David Rees. TENOR SOLO (prize, £1158), J. Henry's "Gal- wad y Tywysog." Sixteen competitors, three of whom sang on the platform. Winner, Mr D. Howells, Fern(-Iale--his voice was excellent, and his knowledge of the song perfect. Miss Randell, Ivy Cottage, invested the successful competitor. GLEE COMPETITION (prize, £10). There is beauty on the mountain (Goss). Three choirs had entered — Llwynhendy Glee Patty (40 voices), conducted by Mr D. P. Thomas Waun- gradog Glee Party (40), Mr T. D. Jones Saltaire Glee Party (30), Mr R. R. Widdof, Mus. Bac. The conductor expressed regret that the famous party from Yorkshire had not made an appearance. Mr D. Jenkins delivered the adjudication, and said that it was a pity the beautiful glee had not been rendered without accompaniment; that was intended only for rehearsals. Had they sung without accompani- ment they would not hesitate to give the prize, but they questioned whether any choir was deserving of the full prize. The Waungradog Choir was the best, and therefore they awarded it a prize of seven guineas.—The conductor was invested by Miss Parry, Bethesda. MALE VOICE COMPETITION. Wyr Philistia" (D. Jenkins). Not less than 30 voices. First prize, E25 2nd. ditto, E10. The greatest in- terest was centred in this competition, and no fewer than eleven parties competed, viz., Glantawe, Mr John Jones; Llanelly, Mr J. Thomas Canigwyr Gwrywaidd Treboeth, Mr D. Roberts Llansamlet, Mr J. Thomas Brynamman United Maesteg Ministrels, Mr S. Hopkins Llandilo United, Mr J. Cobner; Aberamman Orpheus, Mr W. James Morriston, Mr J. A. Williams Maesteg Harmonic, Mr J. D. Morris and Llanelly Philharmonic, Mr T. Daniel. It was an exceedingly close com- petition, and there were words of commendation for all the competitors. Four parties reached the same number of marks, viz., 17 out of 20. These parties were Brynamman, Maest eg (No. 10), Morriston, and Llanelly Philharmonic. Glantawe was very good in melody—in fact, bright and brilliant — and were awarded the second prize. The first prize was given to the Llanelly party, under the leadership of Mr John Thomas.—The decision was hailed with great applause, and the successful conductors—Messrs Thomas and Jones —were invested amid a scene of great excite- ment by the Misses Tregoning, of Iscoed. SOPRANO SOLO. "Llwybr yr Wyddfa (Davies). Prize El Is. Out of six competitors three were selected to sing at the eisteddfod. The winners were Miss Miriam Griffiths (Glan- amman) and Miss Gwen Prosser (Pontardulais), between whom the prize was divided, and both were invested by Mr D. William Rees, solicitor. BRASS BAND COMPETITION.—"Victory." Not to exceed 25 instruments no reeds. Prize RIO. There were four competing bands, viz. :—Fern- dale (Mr W. R. Howe) Llanelly (Sergeant Samuel); Ystalyfera Temperance and the 1st Glamorgan Artillery Volunteers (Mr G. Hanney). Winner, Llanelly Band. Miss Gertie Williams (daughter of Mr Jeremiah Williams) invested the successful conductor. CHIEF CHORAL COMPETITION. The chief choral competition came next, for choirs of not less than 150 voices. The com- petitive pieces were :-(a) "Rise up, arise" (St. Paul), and (b) Ffarwel i ti, Gymru fad (Dr. Parry). Prize zElOO, and E2 to each unsuccessful conductor. There were six competing choirs, viz. :-Swansea United (conductor, Mr J. D. Thomas), Porth and Cymmer (conductor, Mr Taliesin Hopkins), Capel Als United (conductor, Mr Seth Jones), Dowlais Choral Society (con- ductor, Mr W. Hughes), Dowlais Philharmonic (conductor, Mr John Davies), and Parish-hall United Choir (conductor, Mr W. Bassett). Dur- ing the competition the spacious hall was literally packed with people, and the excitement was intense. Large numbers were unable to gain admittance, and these listened to the singing from raised platforms abutting upon the walls of the hall. The adjudication was given at seven o'clock by Signor Randeggar. He assured the audience that he and his colleagues had given the competition their most careful consideration, and he trusted that the decision would be satisfactorily received by the audience, and in the spirit of justiceill which it was given. He had no hesitation in saying that it was worth the journey from London to witness that marvellous competition. It was a splendid one in every respect, and shed honour upon the Principality. It would be his pleasure and duty when he returned to London to tell musicians how much Wales did for music. He took enor- mous interest in these events, knowing as he did how beneficially they affected the nation which took part in them. He and his colleague had no hesitation as to which choir should receive the prize. They awarded it to the choir which, while having the finest volume of tone, did not over- step the boundaries of refinement. The success- ful choir had mellow voices, the parts were well balanced, and all the singers in perfect tune, and they were accompanied with the greatest refine- ment, and excellency of finish. Even the successful choir, however, had made one mistake in the second piece, and he mentioned that to show what careful consideration they had given the matter. He had no doubt, however, that they were pain- fully waiting the name of the choir. It was Porth and Cymmer, led by Mr Taliesin Hopkins. After the cheers had died away, the successful conductor was invested by Mrs Bythway. THE CONCERT. In the evening a grand concert was held, under the presidency of Major Bythway, when the Llanelly Choral Society gave an excellent per- formance of "The May Queen," assisted by the following eminent artistes:— Madame Clara Samuel, Miss Maggie Williams, Mr Dyved Lewis, and Mr Robert Grice. The accompanists were Messrs. A. Wr. Swindell, Luther Owen, and LI. Ivor Evans. The conductor was Mr R. C. Jenkins, and the leader of the band Mr W. F. Hulley.

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