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Porth. The Rev. R. B. Jones, pastor of Ainon Baptist Chapel, Ynyshir, has accepted an unanimous and pressing invitation to conduct mission services in America. The invitation was directed by tlie North Pennsylvania Association. The reverend gentleman, who is exceedingly popular, and who is in great demand in religious conferences, will leave for America in February next, and will be absent from the district for something like three months. There has been sufficient music in the district during the holidays to make even the most fastidious satisfied. In addition to the excellent performance by the Porth Harmonic Society, concerts were held at the Cymmer Independent Chapel, Caersalem Newydd, and Pisgah Chapel. The artistes engaged for the former were —Miss S. G. Parry, Miss M. A. Collins, Miss J. Thomas, and Miss G. Watkins; Mr. D. E. Davies and Mr. Tom Richards; elocutionist, Mr. J. H. Davies, Ynyshir. The chairmen were the Rev. J. T. Davies (pastor) and Alderman Morgan Williams respectively. Mr. J. Palmer, accom- panist, discharged his duties in an effi- cient manner. The Caersalem Newydd Church had also arranged a splendid series of concerts for Christmas and Boxing nights, and New Year's Eve. The chairman on Christmas night was Mr. Thomas Richards, M.E., Llwyncelyn and the artistes were: Soprano, Madame Hannah Jones, Cymmer; contralto, Miss Lily Mansel Edwards, Porth (soloist, Royal Welsh Ladies' Choir); tenor, Mr. Wm. Davies, Trealaw (late of the Leeds Musical Fes- tival Concerts); bass, Mr. John Williams (Eryr Afan), of the Patti, Albert Hall, and Queen's Hall Concerts; elocutionist, Miss Maggie Bevan, Caerphilly; accom- panist, Mr. A. M. Setter, Llwynypia. The Sisters Thomas, Cymmer, had also been engaged, but they were reluctantly obliged to forego the engagement in consequence of the death of their uncle, Mr. Taliesin Hopkins. This concert turned out a com- plete success, and the same can be said of the performance held on the following night, which, however, took the form of a recital, and over which Mr. E. S. Wil- liams, M.E., presided. The Cymmer Col- liery Brass Band, under the conductor- ship of Mr. George F. Martyn, had been engaged, together with Mr. C. Haydn Gunter. Miss Bevan, Mr. John Williams, and Mr. A. M. Setter were also engaged for this event. The concert on New Year's Eve was presided over by Mr. William Evans (Thomas & Evans), and the artistes were: Soprano, Madame Hannah Jones, Cymmer; contralto, Miss L. M. Edwards, Porth; tenor, Mr. Tom Abraham, Oymmer; and baritone, Mr. Dewi E. Davies, Cymmer; elocutionist, Miss Richards; violinist, Mr. C. Haydn Gunter. There were also engaged Mr. Tom Bryant, the noted harpist; and Eos Dar; and their joint contributions of penillions were much appreciated, and gave a delightful piquancy to the concert. Mr. Bryant fully sustained the high encomiums bestowed upon him, and the same can be said of Mr. Gunter, who gave a masterful interpretation of The Witches' Dance." The Caersalem United Choir, under the conductorship of Mr. Gomer Morgan, also rendered in excel- lent style the following glees: Yr Haf," Hail! Shining Morn," and Ffarwel i ti, Gymru." The chairman was the re- cipient of a hearty vote of thanks, which was proposed by Mr. Wm. Rosser, and seconded by Councillor Thomas Griffiths, J.P. The promotion of these concerts involved an immense amount of work, and the committee are deserving of the highest praise for having brought them to such a successful issue. There were no less than 2,000 tickets sold, so this will give the reader some idea, as to the extent of the secretarial work, a department which was well looked after by Mr. Gwilym James.

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