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BARRY AND THE NATIONAL EISTEDDFOD.

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BARRY AND THE NATIONAL EISTEDDFOD. TEMPERANCE CHOIR PREPARING. A HUGE AND COSTLY UNDER- TAKING. REPRESENTATIVE OF SOUTH WALES MUSIC. PUBLIC SYMPATHY ENLISTED. To take a choir of 150 voices to Bangor is a stupendous undertaking, and requires considerable courage to undertake. The expense is enormous, and for a youthful organisation like the Barry Temperance Choir, it is frought with great difficulty. The committee of the choir have, however, set their hearts upon undertaking such a task, and in their vocabulary there is no word synchronising failure. Mr D. Farr, the able conductor, is now a veteran in the com- petitive area. To have won the Male Voice party prize in the Royal National Eisteddfod at Cardiff against choirs of such renown was a feat sufficient to secure fame for any musical conductor. Since Mr Farr has wielded the baton and undertaken charge of the Tem- perance Choir its improvement has been very marked. Mr Farr combines enviable natural ability with music culture, and his interpreta- tion of the masterpieces in choral com- positions has been at all times confirmed by the critics and extolled by eisteddfod judges. Recently he paid a visit to Bangor, and has been so impressed by the knowledge gained as to the competition about to take place that he has no hesitation in saying that Barry will be able to do credit to itself and honour to the Southern portion of the principality, which it has been called upon to represent. In a measure it now depends upon Barry as to what is the reputation of South Wales in choral singing. They have a big reputation to uphold. Time was not so long ago when Dowlais and Merthyr, Llanelly, Porth, Cym- mer, Builth and Rhymney, all appeared on the platform of the National Eisteddfod in active competition for the chief choral con- test. Interest has changed in a remarkable manner from mixed choirs to that of male voices, and now Barry, which has received her iaurels in the latter is to make an effort to uphold the reputation of South Wales in the competition for mixed voices. The under- taking, as we have previously stated, is one involving considerable expense, and to meet this a concert will be held at the Roniilly Hall, Barry, on September 3rd, which we hope will be generously patronised. An appeal is to be made to the public in another form, and to this also it is to be hoped a ready response will be afforded. Upon the same subject the Man about Town in the Echo thus speaks :— Barry stands for the whole of South Wales. In the National Eisteddfod at Bangor the only mixed voice choir from South Wales will be that of Barry. The Barry Temperance 'Choir is the only choir entered for this important contest, and I hear that they are making vigorous efforts to maintain the fame of the district. The effort is a costly one, and ;CiSo is needed to enable the choir to visit the eisteddfod. Probably the cost of contesting in the chief choral events has led to its unpopularity of late, at least in South Wales, the Male Voice Choir has become popular at the expense of the mixed choir-more's the pity for musical progress. The popular event is now the Male Voice contest, and the interest in the mixed choir is waning-not with the public, but the singers. It is bad for the advance- ment of music in Wales, and it must be bad ultimately for the Eisteddfod. However, Barry is eager to maintain the traditions of South Wales in the chief choral event, and their appeal for assistance is deserving of practical sympathy." Mr Albert Williams, 111, Holton-road, Barry Dock, the hon. secretary of the choir will be pleased to receive subscriptions which will be publicly acknowledged.

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