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NELSON EISTEDDFOD. ATTENDANCE AFFECTED BY THE WEATHER. In weather which was about an exact repro- duction of that which prevailed last year, Nel- son held its annual Eisteddfod on Tuesday. The weather at all times is a doubtful factor in these climes, but particularly so at Eastertide, and the policy of holding large gatherings in draughty and damp marquees 60 early in the year is a. very questionable one. The attend ance was by no means so large as last year, which may be accounted for in three ways, viz., owing to two other Eisteddfodau being held at Fochriw and Llanbradach—both within easy reach of Nelson—the weather, and possibly to the fact that Nelson lias for some time been suffering from a.n epidemic of scarlet fever. The merit of the, Eisteddfod waa quite equal to that of last year; and the adjudicators, .Mr. David Evans, Mus. Bac. Mr. T. Gabriel, F.T.S.C., Dr. W. W Leigh,' and Dr. W. E. Thomas, as well as the stewards deserve the highest praise for their conduct of affairs, in many cases adding much to the humour and enjoyment of the audience. Dr. W. W. Leigh presided over the morning gathering, and Mr. J. R. Leigh Thomas in the afternoon. RESULTS. Girl's Solo "Beware, Sweet Bird."—1, Miss Annie M. Phillips, Fleur-de-lis (pupil of Mr. J. Pugh, Ystrad Mynach); 2, Miss Blodwen Owen, Berthlwyd. Recitation, for children under 14 years of age, Not Lost."—Miss Ceinwen George, Nelson. Boy's Solo, "Angels." 1, Master Justin Evans, Mountain Ash; 2, Master Rowland Miles, Nelson Pianoforte Solo (for those under 14 yeara of age), "Bijoux d'or." 1, Miss Winifred A. Davey, Bristol; 2, Master Victor Lewis, Aber- tysswg. Hymn-tune Composition (for the best Vesper Hymn).—Mr. D. Lodwig, Tredegar. Novice Tenor, "Harps of Gold."—Mr. D. Evans, Mountain Ash. Novice Bass, "Warrior's Return."—The prize was divided between Messrs. H. P. Williams and John Bevan, Treharris. Junior Violin Solo, "Beyond."—Master Willie Rees. Newbridge. Soprano Solo, "Orange Blossom."—Miss Lily Hampton, Rochester. Open Recitation "The Ticket-of Leave Man." —Mr. D. Lodwig, Tredegar. Pianoforte Solo, "Heidelberg."—Miss Winifred Ada Davy, of the West of England College of Music, Bristol. The young winner of this prize, who had taken the first prize in the morning competition, was highly commend- ed by the adjudicator for her beautiful render- ing of the test piece from memory. It was, in- deed, a very excellent performance. Bass or Baritone Solo, "Out of the Night."— Mr. Bsn Date. Nelson, whose rendering of the piece was highly eulogised by Mr. David Evans. Open Violin Solo, Romance. "Sans Paroles." —Master Willie Rees, Newbridge, and Master Willie Morgan, Berthlwyd. Both these com- petitors were under 14 years of age, and there was not much to choose between them. The adjudicator awarded the first-named half the prize named in the programme, viz., 10s. 6d., instead of JE1 Is.. and 5s. to the latter. Tenor Solo. "Sympathy."—Mr. Edwin Baker, Castleton. The winner had an exceptionally good voice, but each of the three who competed gave very excellent renderings of the piece. Contralto Solo, "Dear Little Eyes." — This piece was by no means so evenly contested as several of the others, and the prize went easily to Miss Lizzio Davies, Tonypandv, who was warmly commended for her artistic rendering of the piece. Tenor Solo, "When I survey."—Mr. Edwin Baker, Castleton. Mixed Choral Competition, "Gentle comes the Breath of Evening" (prize. £20 and a metro- nome).—Two choirs competed in this event. Bedlinog (Mr. Rees C. Powell, conductor), and Trecynon (Mr. G. W. Gwynne. conductor). In making his adjudication. Mr. Evans said that both choirs had given a very fine rendering. and he had no alternative than to divide the prize between them (loud applause). Male Voice Party (not fewer than 60 in num- ber). "Reveille" (prize, £20). — Three choirs competed, viz., Mountain Ash (conductor. Mr. H. Llewellyn), Merthyr Vale (Mr Samuel LJew- ellyn). and Treharris (Mr. Fred Evans). The adjudicator complained of this piece being, in oil three'eases, accompanied by the pianoforte. The Mountain Ash Choir was commanded for its tenors, and for the blending and balance which marked their rendering. The phrasing was also exceptionallv well done. The Merthyr Vale Choir wore praised for their excellent basses, who produced a very rich tone indeed. At the end. however, the choir's intonation be- came cloudy. The Treharris choir had not col- lectively such a good array of voices, and the choir was unfortunate in not being in their best, form. The prize was awarded to Mountain Ash amid loud applause.



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St. David's Day at Melbourne.

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