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Haverfordwest Town Council.

Grand Concert at Milford Haven.


Grand Concert at Milford Haven. [BY "MUSICAL QUILL."] On Wednesday evening last a grand concert was given at the Masonic Hall, Milford Haven, in aid of the Mechanic's Institute Improvement Fund, and the com- mittee, of which Mr A. Chugg was chairman, and Mr T. Hughes, the secretary, are to be congratulated upon the success, both socially and financially of the undertaking. There was a large and influential assembly, the reserved seats being all engaged, while the popular parts of the hall were well filled, and the audience testified by re- peated demands for encores, their appreciation of the admirable programme arranged for their delectation. The artistes for the evening were the following:—Soprano, Miss Rachel Phillips, Newcastle Emlyn; Miss C. J. Coram, Neyland; contralto, Miss Maggie Bevan, Fish- guard tenor, Mr W. J. Jenkins and Mr David Adams; baritone, Mr J. Luke, Pontypridd bass, Mr T. Conwil Evans, Carmarthen, and Mr S. Scott; Instrumentalists- Violin, Miss Gertie Webb, A.C.V., Pem.-Dock; cornet, Mr J. H. Lewis and Miss Lewis, Haverfordwest; accom- panist, Miss Daisy Farrow, R.A.M. Miss Farrow who proved herself throughout an admirable accompanist opened the programme with an overture on the piano- forte, and taken as a foretaste of what was to follow, was loudly applauded. Mr W. J. Jenkins was at his best in singing Rule Britannia, and the sentiment of the words was evidently quite in sympathy with the feeling of the audience at the present time when War and rumours of war fill the air. The rendering fully de- served the loud applause that followed. Miss Maggie Bevan, who has a melodious contralto voice, contributed the song "Crossing the Bar" in her well-known best style. On her first appearance Miss Rachel Phillips re- ceived a cordial reception. She treated her adience in a charming and artistic manner with a rendering of that sweet and ever popular song The dear homeland." In response to a decisi, e encore she sang a Welsh song Hen gadai'r freichiau fy mam (My mother's old arm chair). The next item was a violin solo entitled Romance and Bolero by Miss Gertrude Webb. Mias Webb is a brilliant executant upon this particular in- strument, and the performance was quite in keeping with her reputation. Mr T. Conwil Evans is always popular with a Milford audience, and in his selection Who carries the gun," he was heard to great advantage. He has a voice of wonderful power and compass, and in response to a hearty encore had to reappear. A cornet solo The golden city, by Mr J. H. Lewis, was another greatly appreciated member. Miss Coram gave a de- lightful rendering of the song Swallows," and the audience manifested their appreciation by long and con- tinued applause. Mr J. Luke sang The Vision of the Cross" in capital style, and his effort was rewarded with an encore. The first part of the programme was brought to a close with the duct Excelsior," excellently given by Messrs Adams and Scott, and which called forth loud cries of encore. The second part of the proceedings was ffectively inaugurated by a cornet duet Hear me Norma by Mr J. H Lewis and his sprightly little daughter Olivon. This number was really splendidly performed and gave the utmost delight. The little lady during the evening, both with tho cornet and at the pianoforte, displayed marked musical ability, and gave tokens of exceptional promise. Miss Phillips again scored a distinct success in her song "Asthore," w hilc The Soldier's Song" received excellent treatment at the hands of Mr T. Conwil Evans. On being recalled Mr Evans substituted a humorous ditty of the Tra-ra-ra- boom type. In the violin solo Reverie by Miss Webb there was ample scope for skilful treatment, and it is hardly necessary to state that the talented artist did herself full justice. Messrs Luke and Jenkins in their final selections were not quite so successful as in the first part of the programme. They betrayed sitrns of hoarse- ness and therefore could hardfy expect to do themselves justice. Miss Bevan gave a fine rendering of Gwalad y Delyn," the only Welsh song down on the programme, and in response to a loud demand sang another Welsh song entitled "Deio Bach" with equally good effect. We have had of late reason to complain that our concerts do not give a fair representation of Welsh art, a fact the more to be regretted when it is remembered that there are excellent productions by Welsh composers which will compare favourably with writers of other nationalities. An improvement however we are pleased to note is taking place. We have no desire let it be understood to encourage Chauvinism in music, nor to bid for popularity by clap-trap appeals to patriotic instincts. In politics such a course may prove profitable, and there will always be such politicians as the iiercely active electioneer at Cork, who proved to be patriotic to a brewery." But true art needs none but disinterested and honest defenders, and suffers when passion and prejudice are summoned to her aid. After the duet "Gathering flowers," sweetly sung by the Misses Phillips and Bevau, Mr Conwil Evans followed with an Irish melody. The singing of the National Anthem concluded a concert which it is sincerely to be hoped is the first of a series of similar high-class entertainments to be witnessed in the town during the coming winter months.


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