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BLWYDDYN, Y PLANT." (" THE CHILDREN'S YEAR.") For the sake of those who intend to be present at the performance of the above Dramatic Cantata next Thursday evening, &prii 15th, a synopsis of the work is here given. First of all we have an instrumental introduction depicting the death of the old year. PART I. The New Year enters with sound of bells, and the children give it their wel- come, not without a slight touch of sad- ness. The chorus is founded on the old Welsh Air, Nos Galan," this sweet old tune being used in the major and minor keys, Then one of the children, in looking forward to the new year and its responsibilities, introduces us to the school and its work. The infants march to the sound of the pianoforte, and go through an action song. The older scholars then sing the glories of their school and teachers. PART II. This part is introduced by a duet be- tween Shon and Shan—a representation of the weather-glass which is so common in our houses. The old woman praises the sunshine, whilst the old man stands up for the storm, but at last they agree that both are necessary for the spring and the flowers. Now the children sing their welcome to the spring in a chorus full of life and spirit. One of the boys sings of the birds be has seen and heard and a girl praises the flowers that have appeared But in the midst of all this joy, a sick child is heard in the distance singing a mournful solo. This touches the heart of the cl)ildren;and they learn a lesson of sympathy—thinking of others even in spring-time and all its pleasures. PART III. Summer is coming, and one of the children welcomes it, using the old Welsh Air, "Llwyn Onn," joined in before the end by all the boys and girls who greet summer as the bringer of holidays. The school breaks up, and the scholars are in high glee. Following this we have a dialogue between two girls—Where tc spend the holidays—by the sea or in the country? A girl praises the sea and its charms in a solo, followed by a trio describing sunset from the shore. Then a boy comes for- ward to sing about the country, and the children join in a chorus showing the fun of haymaking. PART IV. Autumn is introduced by a dance played by the orchestra—a harvest dance. In the distance you bear the autumn winds-a humming chorus. A boy and a girl sing about the fruits found on the trees—though the leaves fall in the autumn, yet fruit is given to us. A recitation follows describing a withered leaf, and this scene ends with a mournful chorus-" N atul'e's dirge. PART V. Winter has arrived, and a girl asks how to spend it. The best way is to sit by the fire and talk over the old customs of our country. Now we are introduced to a fire-side gathering in an old kitchen, where the harp is played and two girls sing old and new penillion with it, on the sweet old Welsh Air, Dwr G Ian.' Quite a new feature will be the singing of the last verse by the two singers, each having a separate melody. Christ- mas is now near. The first sign is a post- man heavily laden, standing by a letter box, and singing of bis wcrk. Santa Claus joins him, and this stirs up the children to sing the glories of Christmas —its presents and its privileges. But suddenly a choir of angels is heard in the distance singing of Bethlehem, tbo first Christmas, the Saviour and His sacrifice, and the Cantata ends with the children singing heartily the wish that the Christ- mas song may fill the whole earth and heaven. The studying of the above synopsis | will help all intending hearers thebetter to appreciate the performance. The singing, the instruments, and the scen- ery will all help the effect—the whole being an attempt at describing the course of the year from a child's point of view.

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