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CONCERT AT NEWTOWN. It is, in some respects, unfortunate that the people of Newtown are such music-lovers,—for if any object, charitable or otherwise, is in need of funds, recourse is at once made to the inevitable concert as a means of raising the needful. It follows as a matter of course that many of these attempts at money-raising are really harmful to the progress of music, as the re- hearsals are scanty, and solos and concerted music are rendered often-times in a manner which is neither pleasing or artistic. Concerts which are intended to further the art are thus placed at a considerable dis- advantage people are tired of the continually re- peated request to buy a ticket," and even when a first-class programme by first-class artistes is pre- sented the result is sure to be disastrous to the pro- moter unless his canvass for support is as untiring as that of a candidate for municipal or parliamentary honours. This preliminary is necessary to account for the absence of a crowded house at Mr G. H. Bell's evening concert, given at the Public Hall, on Friday evening. The bill of fare" was an excellent one. and the nrices of admission were verv reason- able, and yet—the audience was not such an one as might reasonably have been expected from music. loving Newtown." We trust the beneficiare will not be out of pocket by the affair. The programme included half-a-dozen selections by an orchestra of about 26 performers, under the able leadership of Mr Charles Stephenson, of Wrex- ham. The oonductor-Mr W. S. Stephenson-suo- ceeded in obtaining an excellent interpretation of each of the items. The playing was a great treat, especially to those who have rare opportunities of hearing an orchestra of the strength and quality of the one under- review. A violin solo by Miss- Elsie Ur^yne was played in a style which evidenced care- ful training, and reflected considerable eredit upon the young artiste. Mr Frank Hatton appeared as flautist in the place of Mr W. Underwood, who was indisposed. The substitute pioved fully capable of the task set him, and his two solos-flute and piocolo-were redemanded. The star of the even- ing" was Mr Walter Hatton,. whose 'cello playing was perfection-his mastery over the instrument, the ease with which he performed the most difficult pas- sages, his wonderful shakes, his superb bowing, his double-stopping, were all points which the amateur player could but admire and praise. It was in vain that Mr Bell asked that no encore should be de- manded in the second part-Mr Hatton had to play once more. We trust he will soon visit us again. The vocal part of the programme was enriched with songs by Miss Jennie Pritchard, R.A.M., who also joined in a duet with Mrs Tanner-Francis and a song by Mr C. E. Clark. The duties of conductor were admirably carried out by Mr W. S. Stephenson, and Mr Bell, at the pianoforte, was-himself! Is it needful to say more r If we have any fault to find with him at all it is because he did not play one of his delightful pianoforte so'o«. Nearly every item in the first part was encored. The full programme was as follows:— Dance Antique I Silks and Satins Orchestra Solo (Flute): Mr F. Hatton Song • Summer Night'Miss Jennie Pritchard Solo (Violin) Le Pirate Miss Elsie Brayne Valse Militarie Grenaidiers Orchestra Solo (Violo-icello) Spanish Dance Mr Walter Hatton Duett I In the dusk of the Twilight'Miss Pritchard and Mrs Tanner-Francis Intermezzo. Cavalleria Rusticana Orchcstm Selection Haddon Hall Orchestra Solo (Piccolo) Mr F. Hatton Song MiaPiceeralla Miss Pritchard solo (Violoncello) w- Eattoa Selection Murmuring Stream' Orchestra Song My Queen' Mr 0. E. Clark Galop Post Horn* Orchestra We are pleased to hear that the talented Flood. I Porters will give a concert in Newtown very shortly. The golden opinions they won on the last occasion should ensure a splendid reception. I









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