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Rhymney Valley Echoes








r- I FOCHRIW C H A IRE I ST ED D F 0 D A RECORD NUMBER OF ENTRIES. SOME KEEN COMPETITIONS. In weather which was not all that could bo dcslred-shght showers falling at intervals during tho duy—rhe second annual Chair Eis- teddfod of the Fochriw district was held on Tuesday in the Hrynteg field, kindiy lent by Mr. Robert Simmons, Llwyn Iago Farm. The proceeds this year will be divided equally be- tween the three places of worship, viz., St. Mary's Church, Carmel Congregational, and Nazareth C.M.Chapeis. The proceeds last year went towards clearing otI the debt oil the Noddfa. Baptist Chapel. Excellent preparations had been made for the event. Several test- rooms were provided, and the timbering com- petition took plaoe in the field, the ambulance competitions in the Ambulance Hall, and the chief events in a large marquee. Ample pre- parations had been made for catering for the visitors, St. Mary's Institute being set apart for that purpose. No detail, however trivial, had been overlooked. The officials of the Eisteddfod were:—Con- ductor, Mr. Evan Evans, Fochriw; presidents. Dr. Eleazar Davies, J.P., Ivor House, Fochriw, and the Rev. Thomas Rees, Vicar of Pontlot- tyn Adjudicators: Music, Mr. Joseph Dowen, Inter. Mus. Bac., Porth. and Mr. Wm. Jenkins, J'envworn, Dow'ais; literary. Rev. J. Jenkins (Gwili), Cardiff; ambulance, Dr. S. C. Cress- well, Drwlais; timbering, Mr W. Jones (Dow- lais), Mr. Elias Jones (Rhymney), and Mr. T. Roberts (Fochriw); rope splicing. Mr. Morgan Thomas, Bedwellty. and 1\lr. Jacob Morgan, Bed was plain and art neoalework. Mrs. (Dr.) Davie-s, Ivor House; Mr. T. Roberts. Martin- street. Mrs James Williams, Brynawel; a.nd Mrs. Roderick, Guest-street; accompanists, Mise Emily Morgan, School House; Mr. Roderick Jones, Slation-terraco; and Mr. Tom Walters, Brynt,,eg. The officers of the committees wore: General Committee: Chairman, Rev. Isaac Roderick, vice-chairman a.nd treasurer, Mr. Charlor Payne, Railwav-terrace; secretaries. Mr. T. H. Llewellyn. Martin-street, and Mr. Rhys Jenkins. Dynevor-street, assistant secre- taries, M-'STS. George. Thomas, Bryrimorlais, and William Jones, Martin-street. Sub-com- milteeF—Musical: Mr. John Jones, chairman; Mr. W. H. Jones, secretary. Literary: Rev. I. Roderick, chairman; Mr. George Thomas, fecr»tary Ambulance. Dr. Eleazar Davies. Timbering and Splicing: Mr. Thomas Roberts (sen.). chairman; Mr. James Williams, secre- tary. Sewing: Mrs. James Williams, chair ladv Mi-s E. Jones, secretary. Pavilion Com- mittee Mr. Joseph Shankland. chairman. Prev- ious to tho opening of the Eisteddfod, the officers and committee, headed by the FochTiw Brars Band, under the conductorship of Mr. William Powell, marched to the Pavilion, after which the band paraded the streets of the vil- lages of Fochriw and Pcntv.yn, playing some lively marches en route. Dr. Eleazar Davies. in the course of his ad- dress said he was there for the second time, on behalf of the committee, to thank each and every one for their support. He hoped that all would find something there during the da? to interest them. He was glad to see so many entries for the different items in the pro- gramme—nenrly a hundred in tho vocal com- petitions. and about fifty in tho various recita- tions. and seven teams for the ambulance com- petitions. etc. The Eisteddfod held a respect- able history, a.nd had dons well in the past, and he hoped it would do better in the future. AWARDS. Englyn, "Y Lofa." — The winners out of 17 cosipetitors were Mr. Richard Ingram, Bed iinog, and Mr. Williams, Penrhiwceiber. Violin Solo, "Autumn Memories" (Albrt II. Oswald); prize given by Mr. George Phillips, 10s. 6d..—Seven entries were received, two ap- pearing on the stage. The prize was secured by Master D. Lloyd Roberts, Bargoed. Pianoforte Solo. 12 years and under.—Three out of thirteen competitors cam to the stage, and the priza was awarded to Miss Annie Mary Edwards, Bedlinog. Essay, "Should a woman have a vote?": prize. IDs. 6d.—Five entries were received, and the prize was divided between Mrs. (Rev.) J. H. Jones. Blaenau Fcstiniog, and Mr. T. R. Davies, Ponlottyn Boy's Solo, "Ca.wn, ni gawn addoli" (Dr. Parry); prize given by Mr. Ben Thomas.— There were ten entries, and Master Idris Tho- mas. Dowlais, secured the prize. Pianoforte Solo. 16 and under. "Autumn Memories" (Albort Oswald); prize, 10s. 6d., given by Mr. George Phillips.—Three took the platform out of a total of 15 who had gone to the test-room. The prize was securcd by Mas- ter John Henry Beddoe. Pontlottyn. Essay. "Socialism in the Light of the Nov Testament"; prize, £2 2s.—Three papers were i received, the prize bein divided between Mr. Griffiths, schoolmaster, Cardiff, and the Rev. W. R. R-oberts, Wes'eyan minister, Bargoid. Girl's Recitation. "Robin's Mis —Two camo to the stage, and the prize W01.5 secured by Miss Sarah Gwendoline Jones, Deri: a com-ola- tion prize was given to Miss My fa i wy Ccle, Fochriw. by "Gwili." Tenor Solo, "Bradwriaeth y Don" (R. S. Hughes); prize, 7s. 6d., given by Mr. Taliesin Shankland.—There were eleven entries receiv- cd. three appearing on the stage. The prize was secured by Mr. William Morris, Fochriw. Boy's Recitation, "Ein Cy8e" (Elfed); prize sriven by Mr. Rhys D. Jenkins, Fochriw.— There were seven entrij>5. The piize was secur. ed by Master David Edward Jones, Penywern, Dowlais. The Eisteddfod song was rendered by Miss Elizabeth Jones, Bryn Morlais, Fochriw. who sang with much effect "Meddyliau Plentyn." Bass Solo. "Y Bancrwr" prize, 7s. 6d. '(given bv Mr. Jenkin Pugh, Aelybryn. Fochriw).— Three took the platform, out of a total of 22 entries.* The prize was awarded to Mr. Evan Bateman, Llewellyn street, Dowlais. Children's Choir, "Mark the Merry Elves" (Caldicott); prize, £5 and a silver medal, given by Mr. B. Free^man, Dowlais, to the success- ful conductor.—Two choirs took the platform, viz., Fochriw United Children's Choir (conduc- tor, Mr. David John Thomas, Fochriw), and Deri School Choir (conductress, Miss Ceridwen Thomas, Station-terrace, Fochriw). The adjudi- cator said the voices of the first choir (Fochriw) were crisp and under splendid discipline, and followed the conductor's beat like a band. The balance was good, and the expression was well looked after without over-doing it. The col- lando on page 114 might have been bettor. The sopranos were rather scattered in the second b ar of the fourth line on page 114. The cadences were also good. with the exception of one at the pause on page 115. On the whole, a creditable performance was given. The second choir (Deri) was not o good as No. 1. the sopranos being shrill on the top notes. They started too slow, which made the singing sound heavy. The balance was good expression not well cared for. The sopranos on pages 114 and 115 went out of hand, some following the beat, and others in advance. A fairly good preform- ance on the whole. He awarded the prize to the dr-t choir—Fochriw. THE EISTEDDFOD IN OLDEN TIMES. The Rev. Thomas Rees, Vicar of Pontlottyn. in his presidential address, said he was pleased to be present. He was thankful for the honour conferred upon him. To be president of an Eisteddfod was a great honour in the olden times. The princes and chief officers used to be present: indeed, the Eisteddfod was called together by a prince. Tho bards (beirdd) used to be a very powerful Order, and they consisted of three classes: the bards, the minstrels, and the singers. They to frequent the homes of the rich, and praise deeds of valour, and discourage 'wickedness. The bards have still some influence, but not so much as formerly. An Eisteddfod reminded them of the antiquity of the Welsh nation. It was once a powerful nation, as we can by its remnants at the present day The Irish were good singers; the Scotch were hard headed and pushing; while the Bretons were humble and Joyal citizens. They were all relations, but they had almost wholly lost their language. Wales had not; "eu hiaith a cadwant." May she long use her language. That Eisteddfod at Fochriw had b?en very successful. If they could be so en- thusiastic on a wet and stormy day, what could they do if it were fine? FURTHER AWARDS. I Ambulance Competition.—Seven teams en- tered this competition. The first prize was awarded to the Bedlinog No. 1 team, and the second to the Fochriw team. Recitation "A Parable' prize, 10s. 6d.— Nine entries were received. Tho prize was secured by Msis Francis, Rhymney. The prize for the man's hand-made flannel shirt was won by Miss Beatrice Griffiths, Foch- riw.—For a hand-made child's frock, the prize was divided between Miss Mattie Morgan, Mer- thyr, and Miss Jennie Jones. Aberdare.—For the best hand-knitted pair of stockings, the prize was awarded to Mrs. Evans, Bedlinog.— Miss E. A. Williams, Fochriw. won the prize for the best hand-worked duchesse set.—Beet hand-worked fancy tray cloth: Miss Maggie Davies. Fochriw. — Best dressed doll: Miss Hilda Phillips, Fochriw. was awarded the prize. —For the best dressed doll representing any character or nationality, the prize was awarded to Mrs. E. Morgan. Tredegar „ Contralto Solo, For all Eternity," B Flat (Angelo Mascheroni); pnze.. £1 18., given by Mr. W. J Angell, Fochriw.—Eleven entries were received. The prize was divided between Miss Ceridwen Thomas, Fochr-w, and Miss G. Arthur, Newbridge. Girl's Solo, "Songs in the Night (Torrey- Alexander).—Fourteen entries were received, and premier honours were secured by Miss Masrgie Williams, Penywern, Dowlais. Timbering Competition.—Seven entries were received. There was a keen competition. The prizes were awarded to the following: ht prize. £2 and a silver medal (given by Mr. Harris Himelst»in, Dowlais), Mr. Abraham Jones, Fochriw 2nd £ 1 and a hatchet (given bv Mr. Jenkins.' ironmonger, Dowlais), Mr. David Lewis. Railway-terrace. I-ochriw; 3rd 10s. and a hatchet (given by Messrs. P-cton and Morris, Dowlais) Mr. D. H. Lewls. Railwav-terrace, Fochriw.' The stewards were: Messrs. H. Evans, T Roberts, jun. J. Thomas, J. Rees, Willie Lewis, James Evans Wm Price, J^ Shankland. Wm. Williams, Wm. Davies, and David Jones. y. « Bass Solo "The Inchcape Bell (R. S. HuPheM — Thr'p t°°k the pla-o-m out of a total of 13 who hs'l cone to the tes'-rcom. The prive wa< aw-trded in Mr. J?- DmvI.-«. prive Wl1 aw-trded in Mr. D,dp1". Cjwjdd, "Sexen Fore^u.The priie of 6d. was awarded to "Lief o'r Lloer," whosa name did not transpire. Recitation, "Harri Dafvdci, BwJchgarw. There were 23 entries for this competition, and the prize was awarded to Mr. J Orton Jones, Ebbw Vale. CHIEF CHORAL The test piece was, "Ere a Ddaw" (Tom Price), for which a prize of £20 wa., given, and a silver medal to the successful conductor —Five choirs put in an appearance, and yang in the following order: (1) Fochriw United Choir (con- ductor. Mr. Daniei Jenkins), (2) Pontlottyn United (Mr. J Evans), (3) B-edlinog United (Mr R. C. PowcJJ), (4) Dowlais Music Lovers (Mr. Evan Thomas), (5) Rhymney Music Lovers (Mr. William Price). There was a very keen competition. The adjudicator, in giving his adjudication. stated that the tempo of No. 1 choir (Fochriw) was good; the sopranos and altos were good, but the tenor and bass were not quite so good. They were not moving to- gether as they should. One of the sopranos was inclined to lead the others, and sustained after the others. The bass didn't combine together. especially at the commencement of the second movement. One of the came in before the others at the end. The rendering was vigorous throughout; the cadences were well rendered. The alto's were weak on page 2, whilst the tenors were rather harsh at the bot torn of page 3. on A Flat. On the whole, a cerditable performance was given — No. 2 (Pontlottyn): Tempo food. sopranos not so good as No. 1 choir, hut the alto, tenor, and bass were better The cadences were too ab- rupt although the expression was good. On page 5, they showed signs of fatigue, and the sopranos were rather open on the pause at the third line. Neither wpre together in the open- ing sentence of the following movement. The same fault occurred on the top of page 6, Tho ending showed signs of fatigue.—No. 3 (Bed- hnog): Tempo steady throughout, and the voices were good, as also was the expression. The cadences were rendered in a finished style. The duos between the sopranos and altos on pages 2 and 3 were rather harsh. The intona- tion of the sopranos was cloudy on E Flat on page 4. in the second and third lines in the sentence, "Yn Wr gefidus." Tho altos sang C instead of C Flat, at the end of that movement. The tenors were also open at the end of the third line on page 6. The "maestoso'' move- ment and the last movement were exceedingly good.—No. 4 (Dowlais). Tempo up to the last movement steady, but they had a tendencf to increase the time during the last movement. The voices were splendid, the sopTanos being excerdingly bright, but were not singing to- gether at all times. One or two had a ten- dency to lead the others, and sustained longer than the others. Unfortunately for the choir, the sopranos were sharp on the top of page 2. and at the top and bottom of page 4. The whole choir wem up in pitch, but came back on the second line of parre 4. From there to the end, th-s rendering of The choir was magnificent. No. 5 (Rhymney). A choir of splendid vo-ices. and under good "control. The tempo was steady throughout, and the expression was everything that could be desired. With the exception of two little slips-the one with the bass and th other with the sopranos—it was faultless; it was thrilling. It was the nearest rendering to per- fection that he had ever heard. He had no hesitation in awarding Rhymney the prize. Duett, "Bvdd bur i Gymru fad" (W. Da- vies) prize, £1 5.3.. given by Mr T. Morgan.— Ten entries were received, and the prize was secured by Messrs. Tom James and Jas. Evans Dowlais. Soprano Solo.—Nine entries were received for this competition premier honours secured by Mrs. Kate Williams (Llinos Gwalia) Rhymney. Awdl, "Pryddest Coffadwri aetbol i'r Diwedd- ar Barchedig James Jones, Carmel, Fochriw": prize, £3 ,3. and a handsome oak chair —Nine competed, the successful bard being Mr. T. Twynog Jeffreys Rhymney. Mr. David Jones, schoolmaster. Rhymncv (his eon-in-law), who was his representative, was chaired on his lie- half, the ceremony being a very interesting one. The Fochriw Brass Band played in hi" honour. "See the conquering hero comes." Many bards composed verses for the occasion. The chairing song, "Gwiad fy Ngenedigaeth," was beautifully rendered by Miss E. Jones, Brynmorlais.

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