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PONTROBERT EISTEDDFOD FRENCH MUSIC CONDEMNED. A POET'S TRIPLE SUCCESS. Unsettled weather discounted the attend- ance which the promoters of Pontrobert Eisteddfod had expected and deserved last Friday, but the assemblies were well con- tent with the literary and musical treat, though in several competitions the entry was not very numerous. The Rev D. Grimaldi Davis, D.D., vicar of Pool, presided over the afternoon meet- ing, and defined the Eisteddfod as the Uni- versity of the Welsh democracy, and said it had been one of the principal means of bringing the present Welsh University into existence. To-day especially they were proud of the eisteddfod because it afforded them a common meeting place where all could meet together as brothers and sisters and as children of Hen Wlad fy Nhadau (applause). The Eisteddfod knew no party nor sect it was a place where the most pronounced Radical and the most stubborn Tory could meet together, and forget those matters which differentiated them, and shake hands as good friends (laughter). Might the Eisteddfod therefore prosper more and more, and be the means of help- ing forward Wales in knowledge, in moral- ity, and in religion (applause). Dr C. E. Humphreys, Llanfair, was the evening's president, and described the Eisteddfod as a credit to the Pontrobert district. The promoters ought to be en- couraged- in every possible way for the efforts they were making to keep the old institution alive—an institution that had for its object the elevation of the people (applause). The Rev E. E. Williams, rector of Pont- robert, was chairman. Mr Robert Griffith, secretary, and Mr J. R. Davies treasurer of the Committee, which carried out the eis- teddfodic arrangements excellently. Llifon" conducted, and Miss Millie Griffiths accompanied the singing. The adjudicators were Music, Mr David Thomas, Swansea literature, Llifon, the Revs E. E. Williams and D. Aubrey, and Mr L. J. Roberts, Rhyl crafts, Mr E. Row- lands, Meifod, and Mr W. H. Worrall, Os- westry art, Mrs Moon, Penyvoel recita- tions, the Rev J. R. Roberts and Mr E. Gittins. PRAISE AND PRIZES FOR LLANFYLLIN. In the male voice competition, test piece, Martyrs of the Arena," the Llanfyllin Society .conducted by Mr R. A. Bryan, alone competed, and were awarded the prize. The adjudicator strongly deprecated the selec- tion of French works of the character of Martyrs of the Arena," for competition at Welsh eisteddfodau. He hoped the time would come when this class of music would be stamped out of existence, because so far as artistic value was concerned it was nil. Llanfyllin choir, under the same con- ductor, also proved victorious in the chief choral competition. The test piece was a composition of the adjudicator-" Ben- dithiaf yr Arglwydd." Banwy Choir (led by Mr T. Jervis) sang first they possessed good voices, but, said Dr Thomas, the in- tonation all through was rather shaky. In the last movement especially the choir was lacking in unison, and it, ought to have been sung more neatly and methodically. The whole rendering gave the feeling of looseness. The Llanfyllin choir had excel- lent voices and better substance of tone. The choir seemed richer both in quality and quantity of voices than its rival. The whole performance had a better finish about it there was no sense of that hurry which was given by the first choir. Three odes had been sent in on The hearth," and the chair was awarded to Mr Evan Rowlands, Meifod, who was installed in accordance with the ancient rites of the British bards. Mr Rowlands also won the prizes for a poem on "The Hypocrite," and (against nine competitors) for the best en- glyn on The Otter," with the following Ci llynfedw llwyd ei flewyn—am abwyd Ymwibia'r nos grwydryn Helwr llwyr gudd wely'r llyn, Gafaelog, ffyrniog, filyn." In the children's choir competition only the Pontrobert. Chorus—led by Mr Robert Griffiths, appeared to sing Y mae Cyfaill i blant bychain," but the rendering was creditable, and the adjudicator awarded them the prize. OTHER AWARDS. Pianoforte solo, "Chanson Triste,"—Miss Ethel Williams, Bwlchycibau. Essay, Leisure hours, their dangers and advantages "Air Goronwy Gittins, Dol- anog. Children's solo, "Myfi sy'nmagu'r baban," Miss Rogers, Rhos. Trio, Fy. Angel bach "-Mr Gittins and party, Trefonen. Walking sticks-Mr Hughes, Pontrobert. Recitation—1 Miss Florrie Hughes, Pont- robert, 2 Mr Edward Parry, Varchoel, 3 Miss Florence Bennett, Pontrobert. Contralto solo, "0 rest in the Lord"- Miss Winnie Davies, Pontrobert. Recitation for children under 16-1 Miss J. Parry, Llanfihangel, 2 Master John Ed- ward fivans, Nantlmeichiad, 3 Miss Eunice Rogers, Pontrobert. Quartette, Sleep, gentle lady "—Mr Shimmin and party, Llanfihangel. Recitation, Ti wyddost beth ddywed fy nghalon "—Miss Maggie Evan- Cwmllwyn- og, Llanfair. Baritone solo, "Hen Walia Fendigiad "— Mr W. Owen, Meifod, the only competitor to appear on the platform. Wooden spoon (one entry)- Mal(lwyll who was adjudged worthy of a portion of the prize. Hand painting Mr D. D. Hamer, Llan- idloes. Mixed party test, Y Blodenyn Olaf." Llanfyllin and Llanfair parties appeared on the platform, and Mr Thomas awarded the chief honours to the latter, conducted by Mr Heber Jones. Essay, Is it advantageous or not that Wales should sustain her language?"- Mr Freeman, Pontrobert. Soprano solo, The children's home"— Miss Lizzie Williams, Meifod. Translation—Mr T. E. Jones, Llanfyllin.