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Grand Concert at the Drill…


Grand Concert at the Drill Hall, I Merthyr. I On Tcnr-cda? i-ight a grand concert, was J given at the Drill Hall by the Dowlais Male Voice Choir (first-prize winners at the Royal National Eisteddfod held in London last year), conducted by Mr. W. J. Watkins, F.R.C.O., L R.A.M-J assisted by Madame Gleeson-White (soprano), Prima, Donna of the Royal English t Opera Co., Covent Garden, and the famous baritone, Mr. Charles Tree, of the London Symphony Concerts, etc. The hall was filled from front to back with a most appreciative enoe. The concert was opened by the Choir with the chorus, "Song of the North- men" (J. H. Maunders). This was rendered with splendid descriptive power. The Choir was in excellent tone. the voices clear and re- sonant, the parts well balanced, and held ad- mirably in hand by the conductor. The per- formance was a musical treat, which evoked enthusiastic applause. Mr. Chas. Tree followed witfou '*w& SOftg, "Der Doppelganger' tlla. ever popufeif "Nofi^^iu.! pieces o^«vr^fy different character, which enabled Mr. Tree to exhibit i; the wide range of his vocal power and artistic Abilities, and at once'establish a* hold upon the I ^audience. It- if as his first appearance in Mer- -thyr, but jhis magnificent voice, and power- ful, and capable of almost nny effort. produoed a deep impression, and made favourite. He was repeatedly encored, and responded with "I have no Song." Madame Gleeson- Whita came next and sang, "0, Divine Re- deemer" '(Gounod) very artistically, and was loudly applauded. It was not a piece to en- able the artiste to create a strong first impres- sion upon a mixed audience, but she soon found her opportunities in the items that followed, and was"heard with delight. Next, two choruses were rendered by the Choir with ma.g- nifioent expression and precision, "Marching Along" and "Boot and Saxidle," both by Granville :Bantock_ Just at this moment of conflict between the two Houses of Parliament there was an odd mixture of sensations in lis- tening to some of the words of the first chorus— "Hampden to hell, and his obsequies' knell Servo Hazelrig, Fiennes, and young Harry as well." and ♦Then God for King Charles! Pym and his snarls, To the Devil that pricks on such pestilent carles 1" Of course, there was nothing political in the selection of the pieoes, which went with a swing that elicited rapturous encore, and in response, "Boot and Saddle" was repeat- ed Mr. Tree followed with two charm- ing songs, "I knew" ((Guy O'Hardelot) and "Woo thou thy snowflake" (Sullivan)* in both of wlLich his magnilloent voioe and true artistic rendering excited unbounded admiration, and there wa.3 another encore, but 3ao did not re- spond. Madame Gleeson-White followed with an Italian song. which gave her an opportunity to exhibit her really fine voioe, its power, sweetness, and flexibility. She was loudly en- cored, and responded. The choir afterwards gave a beautiful rendering of Mr. Harry Evans's arrangement of "Gwenith Gwvn" and the "Hymn before Action" (Walford Davies), which was sung with a. martial fire and ex- pression that oarried the audience by storm. Part Second was opened by the choir with Ambrose Thomas's lovely descriptive chorus, "The Tyrol," in which they sang with a deli- cacy of feeling in the softer parts, and a power of declamation in the stronger ones that ex- hibited the training of a master hand, and at the conclusion an encore was demanded, and the audienoe would not be denied. The latter portion of the chorus was repeated in the same skilful manner. Madame Gleeeon-White next rendered two songs, "Celia's Harbour" and "Apnl Song,"and was again encored. Mr. Tree followed with "Gray Days," a charming morceau, and "Young Tom 0' Devon," a song which demonstrated that he waa as much at home with humour as with sentiment, and an irresistible encore ensued to which he kindly responded with a. delightfully funny song. Madame Gleeson-White then sang "Because" (Cowen) and "A Birthday" by the same com- poser, and in both strengthened the good im- pression already created. There was an encore to which she responded with "Cherry Ripe." Mr. Tree afterwards sang a humorous song, "Dumbledum Day," and by this time the aud- ience let him know that they were determined to have another encore, and yet another, to both of which he generously responded. We may safely say that Mr. Tree will always bo one of the most welcome^ musical artistes to visit Merthyr. The choir finished the pro- gramme with, a. magnificent rendering of Elgar's grand chorus, "The Reveille, the words being by Bret Harte. It was one of the best con- certs given in Merthyr for a long period, and we heartily congratulate the Male Voice Choir and their talented conductor upon their own splendid contributions to the programme, and the success which crowned the whole entertain- ment. The pianoforte accompaniments for the choruses were played with great taste and skill by that very promising young pianist, Master Arthur P. Hughes, and for the vocalists by Mr. Watkins himself. Have you anything to sen? Advertise in our Want Columns, and it 1. coo4 aa sold.






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