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ABERGA.VGNNT. I ¡J,<1el&e,Meur, Davies t Co* 8oohelltrl. I ABERGAVENNY EISTEDDFOD. I Abergavenny 23rd annual Eisteddfod was held at the Market Hall, Abergavenny, on Easter Monday. The entries totalled over 200, which, with the excepti n of last year, was a record. The president was Councillor W. J. Woodward (Mayor of Abergavenny); and the conductors were the Rev W. Sylvanus Jones and Mr T. Allen. The officials were:-Chairman of the committee, Alderman J. Straker, J.P., C.C.; secretary, Mr R. H. Jackson; the accompanists were Messrs. C. C. Caird and J. R. Risser. The adjudicators were-Music, Dr H. Walford Duvies, Messrs. David Jenkins, MIlS. Bite.. Aberystwvth, and W. Dan Richards, Tredegar; elocution, MrW Edwards; literature, Mr J. A. Doyle; art, the Hon. Gwladys Bailey, Hay Castle. Hay. -Awards Pianoforte solo, open—divided between Miss E. Brooke Workman, Hereford, and Miss M. H. Fox, Birmingham. „ Pianoforte solo, juvenile—Master Sidney ijort.bcote, Bargned. Violin solo—Mr A. Clifford Harding, New- port. Soprano solo-Miss Sallie Brown, Aber- tillery. Second male voioe choirs-test piece, "In Absence" (Dudley Btiolk) .-I, Midland Gleemen, Birmingham (conductor Mr W. Sewell), with 60 out of a possible 65 marks; 2, Apolb Glee Society. Cardiff (conductor Mr David Jones), 56 marks. Second choral competition (60 to 80 voices)- "The sound is gone out" ("Messiah") and" 0, gladsome lieht" (Sullivan). The Colefotd Philharmonic Society (conductor, Mr J. H. Evans) was the only choir to sing, and was awarded the prize. Recitation—Mr D, Hopkins, Blackwood. Essay -Mr TorWerth Edwards. Rhymney. Iiadiea' Ohoir (25 to 35 voices)-" Voice of the Western Winds" (Barnby)—Cardiff Ladies' Choir, conducted by Miss Morfydd Williams. Juvenile Choirs (50 to 75 voices)—" March Like the Victors (RoReri.;)-I, Canton Juvenile Choir, Cardiff (conducted by Miss Gwenllian Thomas), with 60 out of a possible 65 marks; 2. A bersychan Juvenile Choristers (conductor, Mr D. T. Evans), with 68 marks. Contralto aolo-Miss Coridwen Price, Rhym- ney. Bass solo—Mr James Round, Smethwick, Birmingham. Great interest was taken in the chief choral competition (140 to 200 voices), a prize of £1018 being offered for the best rendering of Not only unto Him" (St. Paul), and a four-part song (unaccompanied), to be selected by each com- peting choir. The choirs sang in the following order Tredegar (conductor, Mr E. R. Edwards). unaccompanied piece, "As totreats in summer" (Elear); Cardiff (conductor, Mr Roderick Williams), unaccompanied piece, "Moonltght (Eaton Farring); Crumlin and District. United (conductor, Mr A. J. Phillips); unaccompanied piece, "0, happy eyes" (Elgar) Rhymneyand Pontlottyn United (conductor. Mr John Price), unaccompanied piece, "Lullaby of Life (Leslie); Newport and Blaenavon United (conductor, Mr Arthur E. Sims), unaccompanied piece, Lullaby of Life" (Leslie); and Brynamman (conductor, Mr Edward Evans, Alawydd Amman), unaecom- panied piece, II 0, Gladsome light" (Sullivan). Mr David Jenkins, in a Welsh speech, said he did not remember such a close contest between four choirs. Dr Walford Davies announced the verdict, and said the prize would have to be divided between Cardiff and Newport, who were awarded 60 marks out of a possible 65. The other choirs were placed asfollow -.—Rhymney and Brynamman 59 marks, Tredegar and Crumlin 47 marks. Tenor solo, Mr Ernest R. Ludlow, Birming- ham. No less keen than the chief choral was the male voice choral competition (60 to 90 voices) for a prize of X25 for the best rendering of "Song of the Northmen (Maunder). The following choirs competed: -Havelock- -treet (Newport), Bargoed, Newport, Treharris Philharmonic, and Beaufort. The prize was awarded Treharris, conducted by Mr Fred Evans, with 60 marks out of 65; the others were placed as followBargoed and Beaufort 58. Newport 51, and Havelock-street (Newport) 50. The brass band contest was for a silver challenge cun to be won three times, not necessarily in succession. The present holders, Aberaman, had not entered. The test piece was "Saffoll (arranged by W. Rimmer), and the adjudicator, Mr Angus Holden, Horbury, awarded the first prize to Ferndale (conductor, Mr S. Radcliffe), Mountain Ash Volunteer Band (conductor, Mr John Griffiths) were placed second, and Aberdare (conductor Mr Jesse Manley) third.