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Dowlais Ladies' Choir Concert.

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Dowlais Ladies' Choir Concert. 7he Dow!ai« Ladies' Prize Choir held their concert on Thursday evening last, in tis-Uianif, GJuI,pe! (kindly lent). There was a large and appreciative audience, the chapei beiiifull. The committee had provided an exeeilent- programme, the artistes being: So- prano, Madame Laura Evans-Williams, Lon- don bass. Mr. David Hughes. Swansea; solo violin, Mr. Wm. Henley, London; accompan- ists, Mr. W. J Watkins, F.R.C.O., L.R.A.M., and Mr. Arthur P. Hughes (the latter being vhe permanent accompanist of the choir). A Lew minutes past eight o'clock the conductor, Mr. Wm. Hughes, presented himself on the platform to conduct his excellent choir through the first item, "Who is Sylvia' a composition by a local musician, Mr. D. T. Evans, who was heartily congratulated by a larg-e number of friends after the concert upon the originality and general merit of his work, and upon the excellent performance of it by the choir. Mr. David Hughes gave a magnificent rendering of the recit. and air from Hende't's "Acis and Galatea," "I rage, I melt." and "0. Ruddier than the Cherry," and was enthusiastically en- cored. In response, he sang "Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind" (Sergeant), with great dramatic force Mr. Hughes voice has lost none of its charm; it is as beautifully mellow as ever. Madame Laura Evans-Williams was heard next in "The Jewel Song" from Gounod's "Faust" The audience bore testimony of its appreciation of her performance of this diffi- cult but very beautiful song by demanding an enoore, Madame Williams responding with "Doli." The violin solo, "Tzigane" (Nachez) by Mr. William Henley (who is now well known in the district) was rapturously encored. He then played an Austtian Hymn with variations (without the piano) accompanying himself. S. Coleridge Taylor's part-song, "From the Green heart of the Waters," was next given by the choir. It, is a piece bristling with difficulties in laotos and expression, which were got over with apparent ease by the choir. The peculiar sub- tle charm which finds expression in all of Col- eridge Taylor's compositions was very cleverly and effectively brought out by the choir. It is the test-piece of the Abergavenny Eisteddfod On Easter Monday. The old favourite sont of Mendelssohn's, "I'm a Roamer," was next sung by Mr. Hughes in a masterly manner. The rapid articulation and runs in the song were done by Mr. Hughes with perfect clearness. The first part of the pro^mme wa.s brought to a close by the rendering of Rossini's "La Carita" by Madame Williams and the choir. It is a beautifully melodious' work abound- ing with ever-changing tone-co! ours, and is dis- tinctly in the Italian vein. It was charmingly sung. In the course of the interval Mrs. (Dr.) Lewis-Hughes, the president of the choir, Ad- dressed the assembly. Jti a neat little speech Mrs. Hughes thanked the audience for their patronage, and informed them that the object of the choir was to give concerts and to compete at Eisteddfodau, their immediate intention be- ing to compete at the Abergavenny Eisteddfod on Easter Monday, and afterwards at the Na- tional Eisteddfod at Colw.vn Bay. The speaker thanked the Bethania friends on behalf of the choir for kindly lending their chapel for the concert The second part of the programme was open- ed by the rendering of the "Spinning Chorus" from Wagner's "Flying' Dutchman" by the choir, Miss M. A. Watte singing the solo parts. An encore was irresistible, and the choir sang the piece again. Mr. William Henley then played "Hungarian Variations" (Ernst), on the violin, with consummate skill, and was again encored. The Welsh ballad, "Merch y Cad- ben" (R. S. Hughes) was sung in excellent style by Mr. Hughes. In the next item (a) "Suo-gan," (b) "Gwcw Fach" (Welsh airs), Madame Williams completely captivated the audience, and in response to an encore appeared again. At this juncture she was the recipient of a beautiful bouquet presented by Mrs. (Dr.) Hughes. Madame Williams then sang another charming little song, "The Cuckoo Song," in English, and by the united skill of the accom- panist (Mr. Watkins) and the songstress, a second encore was demanded, and Madame I Evans yielded by singing "Clychau Aberdyfi." Mr. Henley then played "Chansons Russes" (composed by himself), and again had to re- I spond to an encore. A duett, "Watchman, j what of the night' (Sergeant) having been | suner in a most impressive manner by Madame j Williams and Mr. Hughes, the concert was brought to an end by the rendering of an i S.S.C. arrangement of "Yr Haf" ((Gwilym Gwent) by the choir. Tliev were, again en- cored owing to their beautiful rendering. The glee was sung without accompaniment. The I audience then joined. in singing the National Anthem, and in dispersing there was a general ) titter in praise of the artistes and choir. The choir and their conductor have the best reasons I for being well pleased with themselves in their I venture in organising their first concert. By general consent it ranks with the best treats I that a Dowlais audience has listened to for many years. A word of praise is due to Mr. j Watkins, the chief accompanist, for his artis- j tic playing of the acootnpaniments, which con- tributed materially to the success of the con- cert. The clearness and the absolute accuracy of his playing of extremely difficult accompani- ments were a real pleasure to listen to. The accompaniments of the choral items and of Mr David Hughes' rendering of "Merch v Cad- ben." were efficiently, played by Mr. Arthur P. Hughes, son of the conductor, Mr. Wm. Hughes. Owing to the recent sad bereavement in the family of Miss Edith Davies, Regfent- street, the duties of secretary were faithfully discharged by Miss M. G. Richards. Awelftyn. Penydarren. and valuable service was rendered by Miss M. A. Watts, Mount. Pleasant-stroot, as treasurer. Since its formation about eigh- teen months ago, the choir has been a marked success, and readers will heartily wish them further success in their future efforts. j

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