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COLWYN BAY EISTEDDFOD. Successful Gatherings. The Late Dr. Parry. The third annual Chair and Crown Eistedd- fod and Brass Band Contest, held under the auspices of the Bethlehem Calvinistic Metho- dist Chapel, nook place -on Easter Monday. On previous occasions the meetings have been held in the Victoria Pavilion in the morn- ing and afternoon, and in the Public Hall at night, but this year, unfortunately, oUher enter- tainments were being held in both those build- ing. Consequently, a large marquee, capable of seating some two thousand five 'hundred per- sons was hired and erected on the plot o!f land on the corner 'of Abergele and Erw Wen-road, this being kindly placed at the disposal of the committee by Mr J. T. Taylor, Oakdene. The ichairman in t'he morning wéLsIr Owen; Jones, Carnarvon; in 'the afternoon, Mr T. Charles Lewis, Deganwy; and in the evening, Mr J. T. Taylor. The well-known Eifiionvdd ably discharged the duties of conductor during this. day, and by his witticisms added consider- ably to the enjoyment of the meetings. The adjudicators in t'he various competitions were as follows:—Poetry,"Cadfan" ac "Eifionydd"; vocal music, Prof. J. Henry, R.A.M. instru- mental music, Herbert Scott, Esq., Whitefield (the bandmaster and solo euphonium of the famous Besse s-o'-th'-iBarii Band); and recita- tions, Eifionydd. The arrangements for the' Eisteddfod had been undertaken by a strong committee, of whom the following were the principals:— Mr Evan Owen, Brynhyfryd, chairman; Mr J. R. Jones, Gronwen, treasurer; Mr 1-1. W. Hughes, Hazelmere, financial secretary; Mr S. Owen, Rose Villa, Grove-road, fulfilling most ably the onerous duties falling to the lot of the hon. secretary. The Morning Meeting. The proceedings were timed to commence at ten o'clock, but it was not until after ihalf-past ten that the president took the chair. He was accompanied on the platform, by the officials* and adjudicators. There were but very few present at the open- ing of the Eisteddfod, but many of The com- petitors and' a large number of visitors who had arrived by train put in an appearance shortly afterwards. It may be said, in many respects, that the marquee was more suitable for the holding of an Eisteddfod, than a building, although it had its drawbacks as regards acoustic properties-. There was no lack of ventilation, which, in closed buildin-,s-especially in rooms where there is a large audience—is often very notice- able. Tha Late Dr. J seph Parry. A pathetic incident in the opening of the meeting was a rendering of t'he famous hymn, "Aberystwyth," in memory of tihe composer, Dr Joseph Parry, whose death, not only the habi- tu.es of Eisteddfodau, but 'the whole community, deplore. Mr D. Parry, the accompanist of the day, presided at the piano, and the hymn was rendered with fine effect and deep feeling. A vote of condolence with the relatives of the deceased was also passed, the audience stand- ing in silence as a token of respect. The Chairman's Address. Mr Owen Jones, in the course of a mlOst in- teresting address, gave an outline of, the el en vating influence which Eisteddfodau had from, time immemorial exercised, -over the Wellsh people, and said he attributed their present position to their benign effect. Male Voice Choir Competition. There were tour entries for the above com- petition, viz., Moelwyn Male Voice Choir, Llan- rwst and Trefriw Male Voice Choir, Nantlle Vale Mal& Voice Choir, and- Vale of Clwyd Male Voice Choir; but only the two. first-men- tioned choirs put in an appearance. The test piece was the "Pilgrims' Chio,rus," by the late Dr Parry, for a prize of £15, and a gold-mounted baton for the conductor. Each choir gave an excellent rendering of the piece, and in making his adjudication, Prof. Henry congratulated both of them ton tihe way they had acquitted themselves. The Moelwyn Choir received 81 marks out of a possible 100, and the Nantlle Choir 90 marks, the latter, therefore, under the conductorship of Mr Alexander Henderson, being awarded the prize. The i-Aloelwyn Choir left immediately after- wards to compete against a number of English choirs ait the 'Eisteddfod held at Chester, -where they were again unsuccessful. Miscellaneous Events. The piece chosen in the tenor solo competi- tion was "The Bell" (W. Davies), for the best rendering of which a prize of (one guinea was offered. There, were seven competitors, th,) prize, after keen competition, going to Mr Ed- ward Davies, Old Colwyn. There were 110 less than sixteen entries for the essay prize, the subject being "The School- master," the, adjudicator, with difficulty, decid- ing in favour of Mr Peter Williams, Bangor. For the baritone solo competition, there were 19 entrants. The piece 'selected was "Th'e Cavalier" (by J. T. Pritchard) for a prize of one guinea. As might be expected, with so many competitors, there was some difficulty in decid- ing on the ultimate winner, and the prize was finally awarded to Mr Pryce Davies, Pen-1 machno. In the recitation competition, the prize was won by Miss ,Lizzie Parry, Waenfawr. For the best ode to the memory of ,the late Dr Edwards, the prize of one guinea was awarded to "Deiniol Fryn," Bettwsycoed. During tlhe meeting 'Miss IMyfanwy Jones, R.A.M. (winner lof the bronze, silver, and goid medals), one of the professional vocalists en- gaged for the Eisteddfod, rendered, with fii-io effect, "Y Gwow ar y Fedwen" t{M Watts) and "Gwlad yr Eisteddfodau" (R. S. Hughes) was also rendered by Mr Arthur Davies, Cefnmatwr (gold medalist, and winner of i-st prize at Llan- dudno ,and Liverpool National Eisteddfods), both artistes being well received and applauded for their contributions. The Afternoon Meeting. Mr T. Charles Lewis, Deganwy, presided at the afternoon meeting, at which there was, a far larger attendance than in the morning. The chief items of the programme were the chairing of the successful bard, and the adjudications on the quick-step band competition and the brass band contest. The Pianoforte Competition. The pianoforte solo competi-tion (attracted seven competitors. The piece selected was Arthur Granville's march, "Eli," the prize being a gold-centred medal. Only ';three of the candidates for honours ap- peared on the platform, the others having failed a't the preliminary contest. Processor Henry, in giving his r-Jjudieanon said that two very promising players, had failed in the preliminary contest, but absolutely through nei'ousness, and he was afraid (on oJ the three who had just performed was subject to the same drawback. He thought the render- ing given by (Miss. Grace Jones, Glan Conway, was the best, and 'he awarded her the prize. The Quick-step Contest. Four bands competed in the quick-step con- test, the bands starting from t'he entrance 'to tihe St. Paul's Church, and marching to the Eistedd- fod grounds. Mr Herbert Scott, in making his award, said the various bands marched so ÚaiSttJrrat they could not possibly play the music in the time. One band seemed to' be a little clearer in their playing than the others, although he did not know how-,they managed to do 'it, considering the pace they .were going. He had no. difficulty, therefore, in giving the prize to t-he Llanddulas band, an announcement which met with loud applause. Chairing the Winning Bard. Naturally, one of the chief features of the meeting was the chairing of the successful bard. As is (customary, all the bards present were called to the platform to take part in the ancient "ceremony. Fourteen poems were sent in, and the adjudi- cations of 'Eifionydd and Cadvan 'on them were then read. The winner was declared to be the Rev. John Lewis, Libanus, Brecon, and .as he was n-ot present Mr S. Owen, secretary of 'the Eislteddfod, was installed in his. place. Mr'Ow.en'wa.s es- corted to the beautifully-carved oak chair (whidh had been supplied by Mr Hughes, and carved by Miss G. Bevan Davies) by two of 'the bards, and was chaired as the chief bard 10J the Oolwyn Bay Provincial Eisteddfod, 1903. After the singing of "Hen W1 ad fy Nhadau.' by the audience, a charming song was rendered by Miss Myfanwy Jones, R.A.M., after which the usual bardic addresses were made. Brass Band Contest. Four bands entered for this contest-T,lai- ddUllas Silver Band, Penmaenmawr Silver Band, St. Tudno Silver Band, and Welsh Flannel Mills Silver Prize 'Band, •Holywell. The test piece was -the "Pride of Wales" (Wright and Round), for which a prize of was offered. Each of the bands gave a good rendering, bdt Mr Scott, in announcing the winning band, .said the standard of proficiency was, not very hig*h, although in some cases he thought the1 instruments were out of tune. There was, however, no doubt iin his mind- that the Llanddulas band was !the best, and he awarded them the prize. Contralto Solo. Only two competitors came forward to contest the contralto solo. Tihe test piece was, "Is there no Balm in Gilead," and the prize was ,awarded to 'Miss Laura Pickering, Manchester. During the afternoon, Mr Arthur Davies, Cefnmawr, rendered a solo effectively, and Mr Herbert 6cdtt gave an excellent (performance on the euphonium. The Evening Meeting. There was a far larger attendance at the evening meeting than in the morning or after- noon. The chair was taken by Mr J. T. Taylor, Oakden'e, Colwyn Bay. The proceedings were opened, wkih a selection by the successful band, and the various compe- titions were tlhen proceeded with. There was a large number of competitors for the soprano solo. "The Flower's Message" (W. Davies) the respective contestants had to sing, and -after a spirited contest the prize was 'awarded to Miss- Laura Williams, Penygroes. The Chairman gave a short and appropriate address, in the course of wlii.ch he referred to the amount of good the Eisteddfods had done throughout the country, by providing entertain- ments, combined with instruction for the Welsh people. The Choral Competition. f The chief item en the programme LOr rize r,.t i evening was the choral competition *°r fiLjoii- of £ 20 and a gold-mounted and engrave for 'tihe conductor. The following y^le i. tered: Holywell United Choir, :Nal1:tllv ^jpfoa- United Choir, Denbigh United ()Ir ravFl- Harmonic Choir, Holvwell, Cymdeithas y jofl. Caernarfon, and Penmaenmawr Choral ^j,5 The piece dowai .for competition was I a- olllY "Worthy is the Lamb." Unfortunate-y- the Nantlle Vale United IChoir (under ductorship of Mr T. Powell) put an an anoe, and they were awarded the P1*2?' > adjudicator, however, remarked that' thei clering of the piece was most creditable- There were five entries for the corne ,ain's prize. The test' piece was Stephen "The Holy City," and the prize, half 'a J>^aSt'ef which went to Mr David Williams, band1 of Uhc- Llanddulas Silver Band. Recitation, The prize of one guinea for tihe best re,c.lLjVfyii was awarded to .Mr Goronwy Owen, °1, Bay. The test piece being "Simon by During the evening songs were render .jS Professor iHenry, Mr Arthur Davies, aixcl 'Myfanwy Jones. as- The usual voltes of thanks 'to all for ^7 j.{jSs sistance was unanimously accorded, a., lead' Myfanwy Jones concluded the meeting b, ing the singing of "Hen Wlad fy Nhadau. -0--

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