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-It!i -w were inclined to do a little shouting. They also failed to jump from one time to another. Boys were apt to rush away, and unless the conductor was very determined, they -vojd overpower him. Choir No. 2: Very good voices, but of lighter weight and smaller size than the others. They had, however, gooj i'J tonation, excellent time, and were icept under better control. The first prize wouid go to Merthyr Vale, and thy second to Mounta a Ash. Recitation (the successful piece to be sent in as one of the test pieces at the 1910 Kissedc- fod).—Ten papers were received, the S-st being that of Mr. G. Griffiths, Bryngwrion, Mer*hjr. The adjudicator remarked that it v/is far wo lengthy. The subject of the piece was Mr. D.' Lloyd George, Baritone Solo, "Gwalia's Warrior" (30 en- I tr,ie,.s).-Prizo divided between Messrs. J. James Davies, Rhymney, and Dan Griffiths, Bargoed. For the test piece on "The Transfiguration," a prize of two guineas and the chair was offer- ed. Five papers were sent in* three in Wel^h and two in English, the best of the lot being that of the Rev. R. S. Rogers. Rhos, Mountain Ash. The rev. gentleman was chaired in the orthodox manner, a. large number of bards con- tributing to the striking scenes which culmin- ated with Mr. Dan Richards rendering the chairing song. Juvenile Choir, "Sleep, Gentle Lady."—The committee offered two priaas of £ 5 and J61, but only two choirs entered, viz.: Merthyr Vale Juvenile Choir (conductor, Mr. Idris Jenkins) and Mountain Ash Young Choristers (conduc- tor, Mr. William Morris). The adjudicator, in making his award, said the" choir that sang-first did so without any music. The girls gave a splendid rendering, although the altos,were somewhat light to answer the sopranos. The intonation was splendid. and the reading gener- ally good. Occasionally, some of the voices were weak, especially in the lower tones. The time was well maintained and carefully con- trolled by the conductor, who evidently fully understood children's voices. Choir No. 2 sang with accompaniment, which sometimes was an advantage, and at other times-a disadvantage. The cho-ir. too, was a mixed one. The time was very good, and the reading very well done, but sometimes they got, slightly out of control. Ho had no hesitation in giving the prize to the choir that sang first (Merthyr Vale). Soprano Solo, "Hear ye. Israel" (27 competi- tors).—Miss Blodwen Coslett, Pontypridd. Ambulance Competitions.—One man contest: Divided between Messrs. Stanley Budd, Aber- tillery, and David Morgan, Bedlinog. In the team competition, eight teams entered, the first prize being given to Bedlinog No. 1 team (Mr. Tom Thomas, captain), and sncond to Six Bells No. 2 team, Abertillery (Mr. Tom Phillips, captain). Baritone Solo, "Lead Kindly, Light" (28 en- tries).—Mr. Isaac T. Doughton, Ebbw Vale. For the best Hymn-tune, 28 papers were sent in, the first pPlza being awarded to Mr. P. H. Alexander, Porth; 2, Mr. E. Edwards, Han- bury-road, Bargoed. Congregational Choir, "God, Give Me Thy Grace. "—Only one choir appeared upon the platform, viz.. Glandwr, Llanhilleth (conductor. Mr. David Edwards). The adjudicator said they were well worthy of the prize. Male "Voioo Competition.— Only one party put in an appearance for a prize of £ 21 for the best rendering of "The Reveille," viz., Moun- tain Ash Orpheus Party (conductor, Mr. Henrv bert Llewellyn). Commenting upon their per- formance, Mr. Lewis said^the piece was a most difficult one, owing to the changing of the char- acters- The rendering, however, fully entitled the party to the prize. Welsh Recitation, "Breuddwvd Ola'r Llof- rudd" (12 entries).—Mr. Samuel Owen, Bar- goed. Duett, "Own Selection" {14 entries).—Mr. D. Pennar Williams and Mr. Anthony Jones, of Mountain Ash. CHIEF CHORAL COMPETITION. Principal interest was centred in the chief choral competition for the best rendering of the "Hallelujah Chorus," for which a prize of jS20 was offered. The choirs took the platform in this order:—(1) Bedlinog United (conductor, Mr. R- Powell); (2) Glandwr, Llanhilleth (Mr. David Edwards); (3) Fochriw United (Mr. Dl. Jenkins); (4) Bargoed United (Mr. David Rob- erts). Mr. Lewis, at the outset of the,adjudi- cation, eaid that he and his co-adjudicator had come to a unanimous decision as to which was the best choir, although there was very little difference between them. Mr. T. J. Hughes. in giving his detailed remarks, stated that they had heard some very good renderings cf that old piece. wh:cb was quite as fresh now as over it was. The competition had been very good. Choir Np- 1 was very good at times. The altos could be a little finer in some parts. On the high notes they were somewhat coarse. They possessed fine voices, but had a tendency to squeak. The balance was good, and the attack was,rather good, especially in the open- ing, where they pronounced their "h's." The phrasing could be better. There was a fault in the breathing; the breath should be taken on the "Lord of—Lords," and not where it was done. "Lord—of Lords." The crescendo could have been improved upon. The conception. too was very good, as also was the tempo. The words., ''Lord Omnipotent," could have been more distinct. There could have been a little more pronouncement dn "Hallelujah," but nevertheless it was a very fine rendering. Choir No. 2: Voices good, sopranos rather soueaky at times, e-pecially on the "F" and "G." Altos fair. There were two or three altos who were rather pronounced. The unison was very good at the opening. The phrasing was rather good. but the crescendo was not worked up to the point. Conception fair; tempo rather too quick, and the choir suffered as the result, and they went "rickety-rockety" for a time. They did not keep strict time. On the whole, it was a fair performance. Choir No. 3: Sopranos good, but not bright, especially on the top notes; tenors not quite clear. They sang the upper notes in perfect unison, and it was evident that some of them were not accustomed to practising together. The tenors were rather weak at times, and other times too pronounced. The attack was fair, but they felt that the voices did not strike to- gether. The phrasing wsn rather good, but the crescendo was not worked up tQ the climax. J iiimai>»"" vl Conception was fair, but tempo was rather slow, with the result that the intonation was faulty. The rendering was fairly good. Choir 0,.ir No. 4: Voioes very good, but possibly the altos could have been more pronounced at sometimes they were rather weak. The attock was fair, but they lacked in unison in the open- ing attack of "Lord of Lords." The phrasing was very good. Conception and tempo very good, but they lacked slightly in steadiness. ( The intonation at the cadences was cloudy at times; they were not out of tune, but they were hardly in unison with the instruments. In the attack and conception, they dm excep- tionally well. The choir gave a very fine ren- dering. but had not the power needed for toe "Hallelujah Chorus." The two choirs which stood out foremost were Nos. 1 and 4 and of these, No. 1 (Bedlinog) were unquestionably the best. The prize was awarded accordingly. Before the cW of the proceedings, the con- ductor called upon the Rev. T. Richards, Vicar of Bargoed, to move a vote of thanks to Mr. Jackson Withers, the proprietor of the Hau. Mr. Richards said he did so with the greatest pleasure. Mr. Withers had again given the committee th« u*e of that magnificent hall at a great inconvenience to h'lraelf, and then- warmest thanks were due to him for th-,8. Mr. Withers was a most excellent gentleman, and that was not the first occasion upon which the hall had been given to the people of Btfgoed. His (the Vicar's) praver was that Mr. Withers mieht live long, and that his shadow would new £ Z E -Mr. W. Williams (the secre- tary) seconded the vote, and three cheers were given for Mr. Withers. -1