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CHURCH SUNDAY SCHOOL CONCERT. ———— A concert, in aid of the Church Sunday Schools, was given in the Public Hall, Wrexham, on Monday last. The Vicar presided, and the hall was filled to such an extent that a number of persons could not find seats. The evening, partaking more of the character of a drawing- room entertainment, than of a public concert, was a most enjoyable one, and seemed to be duly appreciated by all present. Supporting the Vicar on the platform. were the Rev. M. Hamer, B.A., Rev. David Jones Mr. Walter Jones, Mr. B. Acton, Mr. T. Bury, Mr. Goodier, &c. The programme promised to prove a short one, but, as was seen, nearly two hours were taken in completing it. It commenced with a pretty piece of music j played on the piano by Miss Maud Jones, and following this was a rea ling by Mr. Thomas Bury. He selected that pretty and affecting story, Dora,by the Foci i Laureate, and on the whole the reading was a good one. Mrs. Evan Morris (Highfield) followed with a solo, Come unto me, 0 ye children (Andertoij). Mrs. Morris sang- with much taste and finish, but was under the disadvantage common t amateurs, that of being nervous. Her outward bearing did not reveal the full extent of her nervousness, but that it existed to some considerable extent was patent to those who have experienced the unpleasant and troublesome .sensation..Later on this lady saag "Darby and J CI<lll" (Molioy), in an exceedingly sweet and touching manner. Her voice was clear and'smooth and her style pleasing, and the only thing lacking was a little more eneigy and vivacity. In her first solo Mis. Morris was inucn applauded, and in her second loudly encored. Mr. John Price next favoured the company with "The British Lion.Mr. Price has a nice voice and a characteristic style, and the inspiriting i-oug was well interpreted by its singer. Mr. Price was loudly encored, and responded by repeating the latter verses or the song. Next came a reading by Mr. Walter Jones. He selected Henry of Navarre," one of Macaulay's poems. Mr. 'Walter Jones is an excellent reader; his intonation on Monday was good, and the spirited poem on the whole well given. Perhaps the great distinction of readings and recitations is that the latter is necessarily accompanied with appropriate action; if :0, we cirtainly prefer recitations. Reading, pure and simple, ha;; a monotony about it which is oiteii oppressive, and a. successful reader must add to his intonation a little facial and bodily expression, if Walter Jones would venture to add a litUe of these things to his readings, he would find that they possessed great influence over an audience, and would make the reading, whatever may be its character, far more interesting. Tins was illustrated by Mr. Goodier, who told a "little tale" in the second part of the programme. Had Mr. Goodier stood behind a desk, and with inclined head read the "little tale, it would have been somewhat dull perhaps, but giving it from memory gave hie GO it, and, wiiat is more im- portant, natura.,ne*s. If the readers, including Mr. Lennion Acton (who read in good style an herioc piece of the time of Elizabeth), had held their books in their hands, the result would have been more physical energy or bodily activity, and, as a consequence, a greater interest in the pieces. Far be it from us to say any- thing derogatory of the excellent efforts of any On Monday, but it is of the greatest importance that there should be cultivated a natural energy and liveliness in reading and conversation, and we hope our suggestions will be properly understood and taken in good spirit, Miss D. Jones sang, "Only for One,a pretty song bv Riindcyjer. She was accompanied on the piano by her | sister, and the excellent interpretation of the song elicited an encore. St. Mark's Glee Party concluded the first part of the programme, and also the second, giving the "Sands of Dee," and Now by day's retiring lamp." Each piece was well done and loudly applauded. Mr. and Mrs. Edisbury opened the second part with a selection from Faust." Mr. Edisbury played his organine in his usual good style, and perhaps we shall be paying Mrs. Edisbury a high compliment (which we intend) by saying that she most worthily accompanied her husband at the piano. The music produced by the two instruments was very enjoyable, and the pretty airs they played were toe more enjoyed by being well-known. A loud encore was given and deserved. The only gentlemen left to be spoken of are Mr. Alfred Baugh and the Rev. David Jones, the latter of whom sang in the place of Rev. J. Jenkins. A worthy substitute he proved to be, and he met with that applame which v,ould most certainly have been given to Mr. Jenkins had he sang. Mr. Baugh sang "The Village Blacksmith" fairly well. Both he and Mr. Jones were encored, anil each responded. Mr. Pritchard, St. Marks, acted as chief accompanist, Mr. Edisbury accompanying occa- sionally, and these names are guarantees that this part of the music was well given. The entertainment was certainly a most successful one, and we hope to enjoy similar ones during the season. Previous to closing, the VICAR took the opportunity of expressing, on behalf of all interested in the Sunday Schools, their heartfelt and cordial sense of gratitude to those who had assisted in the entertainment, especially to those ladies who had so graciously taken part. (Hear, hear). He hoped their example would induce others to take a similar part on future occasions, for they hoped, in the course of the winter, to have other entertainments for the same or other objects. On that occasion he had been well supported on the plat- form by several gentlemen, and he thanked them, as well as the ladies, with all his heart for their readiness to assist in that most agreeable entertainment. Having remarked on the absence of the sentiment of love and the amount of martial spirit which had been repre- sented in the various pieces, he proceeded to thank those whom he saw amongst the audience who were not immediately connected with their Sunday Schools, and also those of his Nonconformist neighbours whom he saw present. He thought it would be a very dark and dismal day for their town, and in fact for all towns and places, if any feelings should prevail which would check the warm current of sympathy for all good and holy and beneficial objects—(hear, hear)—such as that for which they had met that night; and let him say that he reciprocated with all the warmth of his heart and soul that feeling which had induced many of them to give their support that evening. (Applause). A vote of thanks to the Vicar for presiding, and the singing of the National Anthem, concluded the evening's proceedings.



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