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GRAND CONCERT IN THE NEW ASSEMBLY HALL. A grand vocal and instrumental concert, the proceeds of which will be applied to the fund for converting the upper portion of the Market Hall into an Assembly- room for the use of tho town, came off with due eclat on Tuesday evening last. The concert was promoted by the members of the Holy- well Orchestral Society, who also gave their services on the occasion, and the committee with Mr. J. Lloyd Price (Mertyn Hall) as chairman, and Mr. G. M. Evans (The Strand), as secretary, have been enabled to crown their labours with complete success. Additional charm was given to the concert by the presence of Madame Edith Wynne, who readily gave her talented services gratuitously to assist the movement for the public good of her native town. In this example she was also followed by Miss Jennie Owen, and a number of ladies and gentlemen, whose combined services made the even- ing concert one of the most agreeable and brilliant ever given in the town which has gained some fame as the nurse-place of rare musical talent. The spacious hall was crowded to its utmost capacity, the reserved seats, which were very numerous, being occupied by the leading families of the neighbour- hood, and a number of visitors from distant towns. The platform which was excellently laid out, was erected at the extreme end of the building, with retiring rooms on either side. In front of the platform was a profusion of rare exotics and flowering plants, kindly lent by Mr. John K. Evans from the con- servatory at Greenfield House, whilst the rear was draped with crimson cloth, surmounted with wreaths of evergreens and trophies of flags. The artistes included Madame Edith Wynne (Eos Cymru, Pen- cerddes), Mrs. Baldwin (Greenhill), Miss Jennie Owen, Miss Maggie Price, and Messrs. T. A. Lambert, John K. Evans, and P. H. Roberts. The Orchestral Society comprised the following—First Violins .-—Mr. T. J. Haselden, Mr. J. Lloyd Price. Mr. W. F Morris, Mr. Horace Haselden, Master T. Storey, Master Roy Storey. Miss Clarke Second Violins .-— Mr. John K. Evans, Miss Smith, Miss Hughes, Miss White, Miss Gregory Violas:—Mr. G. Maelor Evans, Mr. F. Duticauson Contra Bass —Mr. Frank Cottier; Violoncello Mr. J. B. Asterley; Cornet :Mr. J. Wills Flute: Mr. V. Noedham; Ifai*))zoii iiti)i: -Miss Jennie Brown; Fiano- forte :—Miss Jennie Davies. The society was under the able direction of Mr. T. J. Haselden (Rhyl), who also acted .as musical director, and displayed the skill of a thorough master of the profession. The choruses were given by a Glee Party of well- selected and trained voices, under the direction of Mr. William Hall, organist and choir-master of the Holywell Parish Church, and included besides members of the Orchestral Society, Mrs. Baldwin, Miss Maggie Price, Miss Eva Owen, Miss Jennie Davies, Miss L. Pugh, Miss Gregory, and Miss Baldwin (Manchester) Mr. T. A. i Lambert, Mr. P H. Roberts, Mr. Richard Jones (Brynford), Mr. J. T. Dunn, Mr. T. R. Foulkes, Mr. Wm. Jones, and Mr. John Davies. The in- strumental soloists were—pianoforte—Miss Beatrice Storey (Downing Hall) and Mr. Wm. Hall; cornet- Mr. j. Wills violin—Mr. T. J. Haselden and the accompanist, Mr. Wm. Hall.—The following was the i)rogramme ¡; a PART I. Romance Queen's Symphony," Ilaclyn. The Band. Song. The Sailor's Bride," Bordice. Mr. John K. Evans (Orchestral Accompaniment). Song.. She wandered down the Mountain side," F. Clay. Madame Edith Wynne. Duett Albion." Messrs. T. A. Lambert and P. H. Roberts. Pianoforte Solo.. "Polonaise," (C sharp Minor), Chopin Mr. W. Hall. Song There is a green hill far away," Gounod. Miss Maggie Price (Oiehestral Accompaniment. Song "I fear no Foe," Pinsuti. Mr. P. Harding Roberts. Cornet Solo The Whirlwind," Levey. Mr. J. Wills. Song- Loved and Saved," M. Watson. Madame Edith Wynne. Chorus Bells of Abcrdovey," Venables. Band and Chorus. PART II. Selection English Airs," Haselden. The Band. Song "The Better Land," Co wen. Mrs. Baldwin (Orchestral Accompaniment). Pianoforte Solo Tarantella," Walter Macfarren. Miss Storey. Duett "Trusther not," Balfe. Madame Edith Wynne and Miss Maggie Price. Chorus Carnovale," Rossini. Song I Sing sweet bird," Gantz. Miss Jennie Owen. Death of Nelson," Braham. Mr. T. A.Lambert (Orchestral Accompaniment). Violin Solo 6th Concerto," De Beriot. Mr. Haselden. Song "The Lost Chord," Sullivan. Madame Edith Wynne. Selection I Welsh Airs," Haselden. The Band. Finale. God save the Queen." The opening piece Hadyn's romance "Queen's Symphony by the Band was exceedingly effective and showed that the players since they had last essaved to appear in public had not hung up their instruments, but by diligent practice had become more thoroughly adept, and their performance was greeted with rounds of applause, a hearty means of conveying approval which was worthily evoked at the outset and was renewed at the close of each succeeding piece. The song, The sailor's bride was sung Dy Mr. J. K. Evans, with sweet orchestral accompaniment. Mr. Evans infused into the rendering of the piece a degree of pathos and feeling combined with sweet rendering which entirely captivated his audience and the conclusion of the song brought him a round of applause as gratifying as it was deserved. Madame Wynne followed with the song by F. Clay She wandered down the mountain side" and the talented song- stress on her re-appearance on the stage in support of a public movement in her native town, received a cordial and warm reception. It is needless to say that her rendering of the piece was refined and particularly expressive, and the talent which has gained for Madame Wynne her wide-spread reputa- tion can be nowhere more thoroughly admired than it is in Holywell. The duett Albion by Messrs. T. A. Lambert and P. H. Roberts was next given in excellent style, the voices of the duettists joining in sweet harmony in a particularly telling manner. Chopin's difficult pianoforte solo "Polonaise" (C sharp minor) was played in a masterly manner by Mr. W. Hall, whose skill as an instrumentalist has gained him the position of private organist and pianist to Sir Watkin at Wynnstay, and as the present concert was probably the iu Holy well at which Mr. Wm. Hall, as a resident in the town would take part. the audience accorded him a very warm and cordial round of applause, in two-fold recognition of his ability and of his readiness on all such occasions to render his able assistance. The Band was again called in requisition to play the accompaniments to the song (Gounod) There is a green hill far away," the eantatrice being Miss Maggie Price. The piece was very prettily set, and the plaintive notes were sang with a clear enuncia- tion, warmth of feeling and telling expression which gained immense applause. Miss Price showed herself to be possessed of a very sweet v ^ice over which she has considerable power of modulation, and the favorite hymn had additional charm given to it by the new music so sweetly interpreted by Miss Price. Pinsuti's capital song I fear no foe," followed by Mr. P. Harding Roberts, whose clear and sonorous voice was well-suited to the piece, and the hearty applause he received was very worthily gained. The coruet solo, The whirlwind" was next given by Mr. J. Wills in a masterly manner, with violin, flute, and contra bass accom- n paniment, and so charmed the audience that an encore was required and acceded to. Madame \yune gave the touching song, "Lovedand saved," wi i a power of expression that awoke a chord of sympathy in the hearts of her delighted hearers that fourd vcnt at the close of the piece in an encore being called for from all parts of the crowded house. She replied with a note struck in another vein, and her talented rendering of the amusing song The Men of Ware," received the highest approbation. The first part of the programme ended with the Bells of Aberdovey," set as a chorus, which was charmingly given by the Glee Party and the Band, the imitation of the bells being particularly pretty and reflecting tho care with which the performers and singers had studied thsir respective parts. After a brief inter- val, the second part was opened with a selection of "English Airs," skilfully played by the Band, the arrangement of the pieces being made by Mr. Haselden. The song The better land," was given with orchestral accompaniment, by Mrs. Baldwin, in a telling manner. The well-known piece was listened to with manifest delight by the auditory, who accorded the sweet-voiced vocalist a rapturous encore at the close of her charming rendering. The playing of the Band for their ac- companiment of this as well as the other pieces was particularly effective. Miss BeatricFV#Stor_V gave a brilliant pianoforte solo, Tarantella," in which she showed rich musical taste and no ordinary power of manipulation, her accomplished playing securing a general encore, for which the fair in- strumentalist bowed her acknowledgment. The charming duett, "TruEt her not," was next sung by Madame Edith Wynne and Miss Maggie Price, with refined taste aui power, and their singing gave such general satreiS^tton that their recall was inevitable. The chorus by Rossini "Carnovale" was next given by the Glee Party, conducted by Mr. Hall, and the accompaniment on the pianoforte was played by Miss Brown. The piece was rendered with a sweetness,unison and vigour which gave freshness to the old composition, and once more the audience required that the singers should repeat their acceptable services. The next song was given by Miss Jennie Owen who received a most cordial and gratifying reception, the applause showing unmistakeably how highly her services are appreciated by her fellow townspeople. She sang Gautz's Sing, sweet bird" so effectively, that the applause of the audience burst out at the end of the first stanza, and was renewed with redoubled energy at the conclusion of the piece. An encore was the natural result of such a warm and demonstrative reception, and in reply, Miss Owen gave the pretty ditty, The miller and the maid in a sweet and telling manner. The song DeatlT^ef Nelson," with orchestral accompaniment promised to be one of the most attractive features of the evening in a programme which was attractive in every part, and the audience were in nowise disappointed in this respect. The vocalist was Mr. T. A. Lambert who acquitted himself in the recitative and air of the thoroughly English song with the talent and finish of an accomplished artist. The clear and sweet notes of the singer, and the charming accompani- ments of the Band were listened to with marked pleasure, and the audience expressed their gratifica- tion with the performance by a call for its repetition from all sides, a desire which was kindly gratified. A violin solo Sixth Concerto was next given by the indefatigable conductor (Mr. Haselden), who was accompanied on the pianoforte by his son Mr. Horace Haselden. The bright and clever performance was loudly applauded, and showed that Mr. Haselden is as accomplished a musician as he is an undoubtedly successful teacher and con- ductor. The entrancing song The Lost Chord," was beautifully sang by Madame Edith Wynne, who was accompanied on the harmonium by Miss Jennie Brown and on the pianoforte by Mr. W. Hall. The applause which followed the song showed how thoroughly its beauty was appreciated, and the sweet singer was a second time called before the audience to receive a renewal of their thanks for her performance. A selection of Welsh airs," by Mr. Haselden, was performed by the Band, who on this occasion had an additional member in Miss Mabel Price (eldest daughter of Mr J. Ll. Price) who notwithstanding her tender years showed consider- able talent as a violinist. The applause which greeted the performance was evidently intended in part as a warm welcome to the young performer whose debut was made at that charming concert.— At the conclusion of the piece (by request), the Vicar of Holywell, moved and Mr. E. J. Davies seconded, a cordial vote of thanks to Madame Wynne for her generous services, and the vote was acknowledged on her behalf by Mr. J. Lloyd Price. The concert which lasted over three hours, was brought to a close by the singing of the National Anthem, Madame Wynne taking the solo parts. It is but right that we should add that although Madame Wynne was specially mentioned for her services she having at no little inconvenience travelled from London specially to attend the concert, thanks were also felt to be due to the other ladies and gentlemen whose services were given on the occasion, with such gratifying resultk To the vocalists thanks are especially due, and also to the able conductor-Mr. Haselden, the efficient, accom- panists—Mr. Hall, Miss Jennie Brown (Birken- head), and Miss Jennie Davies (Llangollen), and particularly to the Orchestral Society and Glee party. No small meed of praise is also due to Mr. J. Lloyd Price and Mr. G. M. Evars through whose exertions the successful concert was organised with the result of affording an exceptionally high class treat, and at the same time furthering a good and popular public movement. We are requested to state that after the concert a gold earriug was found in the Assembly-hall, and that it will be restored to the owner on giving a description thereof to Mr. Supt. Hughes, Police Station, Holywell. HOLYWELL ASSEMBLY ROOM. To the Editor of the Flintshire Observer." SIR.-One act of gratitude seems to have been omitted during the highly successful concert held in the above named room last Tuesday evening, and that was a vote of thanks to Mr. J. Lloyd Price. It ought to be known and recognised that the success of the entertainment has been the outcome of that gentleman's strenuous exertions, and I should add, the valuable assistance of some of his more intimate friends. I feel sure, sir, I am not intruding upon your valuable space, when I ask you to insert this letter, which may to some small degree make amends for the omission of that evening.—I am, sir, yours truly, T. VAUGHAN HUGHES. Greenfield, Feb. 27th, 1884.






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