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EMPIRE DAY CONCERT. I

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EMPIRE DAY CONCERT. I SUCCESSFUL LOCAL EFFORT FOR WAR I FUNDS. I I The Cymric Male Voice Choir, con(incce(L U) Mr. 1. G. Save, A.L.C.M., gave a fine concert a. the Town Hall on Wednesday (Empire Day), m aid of the Mayor's fund for the Welsh Hospital at Netley, the'sick and wounded horsesand the sailors' fund. The concert was well attended and the audience keenly enjoyed the excellent efforts of this talented party of singers, both in individual and concerted numbers. It was a disappointment to those who have heard him sing that Mr. Gwynne Jones, who had been billed, was unable to be present. Mr. Frederick Mills, D.L., J.P., was to have presided, but was unable to do so. The Mayor, in opening, said they would all regret that Mr. Mills was unable to attend. He had written saying that he had to be in London, the principal object being to meet his son who was home on short leave from the front. Mr. Mills wished him to convey to the audience his regrets, and expressed a hope that the concert would be a success. He also enclosed a cheque for /2 towards the funds. (Applause). With regard to the objects for which that concert was arranged, the Welsh Hospital at Netley was maintained by voluntary subscriptions from Wales, and there were English, Scotch and Irish soldiers attended there by Welsh nurses. The whole of the expense was borne by Wales, and he therefore asked for their liberal support. At the outbreak of the war it was felt that someone should be responsible for attending the sick and wounded horses of the British Army rather than that it should be left to two or three societies. The R.S.P.C.A. stepped in and undertook this responsibility, and they appealed for support in this noble work. The sailors were, both night and day, guarding our island shores and risking their lives to protect us from the enemy, and he felt that they could do no less than to show their appreciation bv organising a fund to send some- thing to these brave fellows. He was glad to state that the Hag day which had also been organised for these objects had realised £S, and he trusted that as a result of that concert they would have a good round sum to send to each of these institutions. 8 The choir opened with the National Asnthems of Russia and France and The Men of Harlech," which were given very effectively. Their singing all through was distinguished by a fine balance and perfect harmony. They sang Protheroe's glee, In the sweet," with remarkable purity and' sweetness of tone, which evoked an en- thusiastic encore. The rendering of Golden Harp (in Welsh) and The Soldiers' Chorus were given with spirit. Great amusement was caused bv their rendering of the humorous glee, The Village Pump," a musical setting of a burlesque parish meeting discussion as to whether they should emulate their enterprising neighbours and have a pump. It was exceed- ingly well done, and the audience demanded a repetition. The glee Italian Salad (a musical jest) was also a highly diverting number, and in this hotch-potch of musical expressions the choir succeeded in not only amusing the audience but in giving demonstration of their versatility, for the piece was a most difficult one to render. Mr. W. Durbin gave an artistic rendering of Middle's Farewell." Mr. Geo. Price used his cultured bass voice with fine effect in the solo It is thou who Í:2.St blighted (Verdi), and in response to a well-deserved encore gave Make new friends, but keep the old." Messrs. W. Durbin and E. Stevens gave a capital rendering of the duet Sailors," and the latter was also very successful with Pinsuti's The Bugler. Air E. Jenkins gave the bass solo Joe the Gipsy in good style. Mr. T. Thomas scored a great success with his songs Yeoman's Wed- ding and Toreador." He possesses a. rich bass voice of unusual quality, and gave brillinat renderings, vociferous encores being given on each occasion. Mr. J ohn Lloyd in two clarionet solos showed himself to be a very capable per- former on this instrument. Just before the close, the Mayor thanked the choir for their services. They were all employed in munition works or collieries or starred occupa- tions, and they had given their services and leisure freely in aid of those funds. The audience showed their appreciation by hearty applause, and the proceedings closed with the National Anthem.

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