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MUSICAL NOTES. By THE Man ABOUT the HIlLS. CwO;\ are now on the threshold of another fpcf;S i a?", The great indoor natioual in the British Isles,when in cottage, tho v°^ a,n Palace, friends gather around sw uie-log, and music and song hold f_n "ut alas, our country seems to have en upon evil times, and the forthcoming h ristmas will spell sorrow to many a son^C u^rs mingle with mirth. The a ft +• u ilanc* mus*c banished from many fair home-—whose brave sons have Ai ■ n uPon the distant veldt of South .v.. ?a' and I note that many social and dmi ■ c^^°ns have already been aban- liii«5i Jn-Vlew of the present national grief, 1Umillatxon and disaster. -x- What a varied mission belongs to music, as J31??. 8 at every point, and expresses of ° can the alternating passions hav an a?1^ Just now, music seems to of R fSn"r*°t in doing homage to the "God cal 11 seems strangely paradoxi- np.A' this season of the year, when the Gx lme.nt of the people should rather find Pa^ussi°n, *n the angelic song, "Peace on wh" v.' ^00<i Will towards Men," with ilc" this most sacred of festivals was ered into existence. But the events of s « few days have stirred the martial it fi d° na.ti°n to its very depths, and exPression in quite a crop of sonsrs, Sw es'e^tc.,all in keeping with the passion von^1U^i e Pe°ple just now, and go where Ati • ,}' these war songs, with "Tommy jv. _V?S{ "Soldiers of the Queen," and other aI! a* impositions hold the field against aU comers. T i -x- I rather fancy the present crisis has soraewliat interfered with the vocations of aro V stmas Waits," who, like the poor, year Wai^S with us at this period of the cert 1 rlnocent and unoffending citizens certainly have no reason to complain just ot over attentions by these nocturnal fuU°f, who seem to be getting beauti- Va+ t xls- each succeeding Christmas, and ancie f it would be a pity were so an^ time-honoured an institution to ^!+v.er ahandoned. It has come down imvr.S through the ages from time almost rial' till it has grown hoary with pW • and Christmas hardly seems com- strpf ln the absence of these strolling min- *?th their sometimes fearfully and wonderfully made harmonies. I attpSGe' a circular to hand, that another (u. -^Ptis being made to form an "United lj0 lr for the Mid-Rhondda district. I p Pe this choir has come to stay, as the history of Mid-Rhondda is strewn with of united choirs, male voice jarties! and other musical organisations. Confesg that past efforts in this direction °es toot make ine feel sanguine of the Recess of the venture, and it requires 3^6 little courage to enter upon a task n«Ci' UP till now, has been almost im- thf81 to accomplish. However, "all h»^gs con}e to him who waits," and per- even in Tonypandy, we shall some day ta? cV°11r representative of the best ent institutiot1.81"01 that wil1 be a Perman" win^e^IpW0IlalT Ei3te5dfodd of 1900, which 17th of September!01' ^een fixed for -x- Among the successful candidates at the at Carrl ffniTy C°Hege examinations, held Willie r note the names of Master 8rOcer mawrence> son of Mr Lawrence, Qauiykt^nJP?ndy, and Miss Gladys Davies the foi^I Mr Davies, grocer, Trealaw, latter +ur Passing the junr. grade, the the preparatory grade. Xn —"x— Society011?6^0? wlth the Incorporated aoione Musicians' examination, I see of Ma* m,Uccessful candidates the name Old T^er, Thomas Old, son of Mr Thomas PreDaro l 'tonypandy. All three were Pandv Mr D- Lloyd, I.S.M., Tony- P^Pils'at nf repeated success of Mr Lloyd's testing,, f1686 examinations bear striking y to the efficiency of his teaching. Naif received a copy of a part song, Tom T»P; a r composed by Mr u°t a Merthyr. The composition is length Pr,&teatio«s osie as regards and tunefVi^ music is particularly bright the hartv, melody well sustained, and Piece shn?i?H u extremely pleasing. The popular « become one of Mr Price's most ^antin« a f,8, .Eisteddfod committees ti°n v suitable piece for competi- tor's desires to encourage native a r Bl0r|i!n „ ? better than place "Y Nant Publish 0j in their programme. It is in English and Welsh the last°n>er^ recently held in the Valley, ^endek<*r>k on the programme was thft Q, j-s famous solo, "it is enough" tuiiv a unanimously voted that Certainlv ^sse(l their views of what was y not a very brilliant affair. J°achin fP^tod of the celebrated Dr. YCarcelv'fm6 eminent violinist, that when ^Ofcdon + ,en years of age, he came to i e^delssnh« ? l'y{ and his good friend to a certni 6 orchestra. They came .e oroV.iU4-^assaSe in the music on which v^°linist a was faulty. The young c°Qxposer -^f^Ptly told the eminent °Ussion ,he error, and after some ais- erhann -f latter accepted the criticism, critici^l was daring of the youth to hut sinCe delssohn's own composition, sWd pa'rvvf 8ome say? only geniuses under- friendlv other, the two were very Jounc jtj and when subseqently, to a left Mendelssohn, he wrote ^hich ha a tender and manly letter, in ^°achin ,,Sai V "What you do for young > you do for me," *fii —-jc~ ^rainin_our concerts in aid of the musical '^eek i,°, ^ss Amy Evans were held this; Place at s Theatre Royal. The first took CriticiSo,q +i? cl°ck on Monday. Manv had hold a resolution of the committee aud indoo^0ncert at SUch an unusual time, °?ly about 9ah 1?1:oved an unfortuate one, of Barrv hfing present. Mr Forrest, 'Sreat di«'n^ as- billed to preside, but to the S^diencp PPomtment of the committee and fh attaolr Je was unable to appear owing to e Was in f influenza. But, to show that ^at,,heLif irSyiSpathy Wlth the move- Ahey are ao?- 8 ^.est to represent him ^ttle cottnr,^11^ ^a^uilicently towards "our hat sucVi a glTh ai^d it was unfortunate S^ tom.0„'Sr audience was present to eVer, M? m atlon of their kindness. p,0llcerts^ Aom. John (the conductor of the Poor aif^P ed to Mrs Forrest that fe«liuB i» +$leHce w.as 110 indication of the that crn^ri i1 ulity towards the cause, that aaH thfF if ^ouse.s would be seen on for Mr i°31 £ ^Shts. After hearty ^ramme Was d Mrs Forrest, the pro- ^°t allow the^iil? with. Space does ^rt to be prfnS tr°.gramme of each eon- hat the sincinw ?ay mentioned ^ediagly hi»h Monday was of an ex- Mr Ivor Foster reappearance taour mid^t» He sang "Honour and Arms" and "Heart of the World" with excellent effect. Mr Mald- wyn Humphries also had a warm reception, and his rendering of "All love can say" and "Annabelle Lee" was greatly appreciated. Miss May John, ever a favourite with Rhon- dda audiences sang "She wandered down the mountain side" and "Y cardotes fach." The encore which followed the latter song was certainly well deserved. A feature of the concert, however, was the admirable violin playing of Miss Griffin. Her duet with Miss Abraham was certainly one of the best items of the concert. She is a stranger here, but the people who were fortunate enough to hear her admirable playing will wish a speedy reappearance. Miss Teify Davies also made her first bow to a Tonypandy audience, and left a splen- did impression behind. Her rendering of "My Irish Lad" being really excellent. Mention must also be made of Miss Blod- wen Thomas' rendering of "For all Eter- nity." She well deserves the eulogies passed by Vicar James, who, in an able speech, wished her every success. The pianoforte duet contributed by Misses Ada Thomas and Sybil Jones, although rather too long, was well played. —x— Mr Archibald Hood presided at the even- ing concert. There was an excellent aud- ience, the shilling seats being crowded, and the other seats being well filled. After the opening speech by the president, in which he spoke very fellingly of the object of the concerts, the same pianoforte duet was played as in the morning. The strik- ing feature of. this concert was the martial songs chosen by the artistes. Mr Maldwyn Humphries led off with "Sound an Alarm," by special request, and "Her Majesty." Mr Ivor Foster sang "Honour and Arms" and "Who carries the Gun?" both artistes be- ing heartily applauded. The latter had the honour of singing the famed song, "The Absent-minded Beggar," which has taken other towns by storm. The audience res- ponded to the "Pay, pay, pay" with a collection of JE4 6s. lOid. The violin duet was again played, and was heartily encored. Miss May John, as in the afternoon, was in good form, her rendering of the "Calico Dress" being really excellent. The best item, however, was the tenor and baritone duet, by Messrs Foster and Humphries, which fairly "brought the house down." Miss Blodwen Thomas was heard to much better advantage than in the afternoon, her rendering of "jfor all Eternity" being great- ly appreciated. Miss Teify Davies again sang "My Irish Lad," and as a result she had to sing "Myfi sy'n magu'r baban" as an encore. The concert was a grand success from beginning to end. Mr D. Lloyd, I.S.M., Tonypandy, accompanied at both the afternoon and evening concerts. —x— On Tuesday and Wednesday, the artistes were Miss Gertie Hughes, Miss Rachel Thomas, Mr Todd Jones, and Mr G. T. Llewellyn, while Mr W. T. David acted as accompanist. Dr. Lloyd Edwards, Barry, presided. To the great disappointment of another large audience, Miss Rachel Tho- mas failed to appear, so the programme had to be rearranged. This evidently had a bad effect on the audience, who were not nearly so appreciative as on Monday. bos Dar, with his amusing penillion singing, kept them, however, roaring for a while. The duet, "Love and War," also was great- ly applauded. Miss Gertie Hughes was un- doubtedly the shining light of the evening. She sang "I will extol Thee," and "Gwlad y Delyn" with great skill, both items being encored. Mr G. T. Llewellyn sang "The King's Highway" and the "Tempest." He also sang the "Absent-minded Beggar" with good eftect. The collection realised being E2 13s. 23-d. 2 —x— Announcement is made, which will cer- tainly prove interesting to the musical fra- ternity, that the second annual organ reci- tal at Calfaria (C.M.) Chapel, Porth, is fixed for next Good Friday, 13th April, 1900. It is decided to hold their future annual recitals on this holiday. The com- mittee are catering well for their patrons, having secured, at great cost, the cream of the musical world. As organist, they have secured the services of the renowned Doctor Roland Rogers, of Bangor, who gave such an excellent performance upon the organ at its opening last February, The baritone is Mr David Hughes, of London, who is suffi- ciently known, and does not call for com- ment, but we cannot refrain from saying that he is acknowledged to be the best and most reliable baritone singer of the day. As soprano, a new London star is brought to our notice in the person of Miss Clara Williams, A.R.A.M., London. Miss Wil- liams, being a stranger to our local musicians, it may be well to state a few of her many achievements Yrhi?^ cgnyince us thoroughly that she is equal in standard to her co-artistes. While at the Royal Aca- demy, she gained all the medals and certifi- cates that are possible in the ordinary course of study, also winner of the Pareppa Rosa Gold Medal, a much coveted prize. Miss Williams has sang at the Queen's Hall, St. James' (Hall, and Imperial Institute concerts. It is to be hoped that the com- mittee will receive a good support at the hands of the public, and that the Organ Fund will benefit handsomely thereby.

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