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THE UNITED SCHOOLS' GRAND CONCERT. PICTURESQUE EVENTS AT THE MARKET HALL. The long-looked and much-hoped for concert under the auspices of the Charities of the N. U.T. was given at the Market Hall on Monday evening last by the scholars in attendance at the elementary schools of Llanelly and district. It was an event unique' in the history of the town. Interesting, picturesque and I entertaining, the concert was a splendid success throughout, reflecting the highest credit upon all engaged in its promotion, aud, in particular, the teaching staff of the various schools represented on the occasion. We imagine that the feeling of the immense audience that occupied on Monday evening every inch of the Market Hall, excepting the capacious platform, is fitly expressed in the statement herewith embodied that the impression left by the wonderful performance exhausted itself in ad- miration of the stupendous labour which the concert must have imposed upon the teaching staff at the various schools from which the children taking part were drafted. This, at any rate, was the thought which occupied the writer's mind almost to the exclusion of all others. So far as the teachers, head and assistant are concerned, the concert, un- doubtedly, represented a magnificent effort. We con- gratulate them upon it—not the congratulation of con- ventional and surface courtesy, but that which is sincere and comes straight from the heart. Scarcely anything need be said in commendation of the charities which charged the promoters with the courage, the devotion and the ingenuity needful to guarantee the success of the event. The Charities of the N.U.T. commend themselves. That they find in the hearts of the Llanelly teaching fraternity an affection warm and deepseated is abundantly proved in the self-sacrificing exertions which culminated in the splendid spectacle presented on the plat- form of the Minor Market Hall on Monday evening. The event-which was repeated with equal success on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings—represented boundless resource, work and ingenuity. The training of the children, vocally and physically, the preparation of the dresses, the disposi- tion of the scholars in the hall, and the hundred and one details hidden away behind the event must have entailed an enormous amount of work, which was faultlessly accomplished. The Market Hall on the occasion was transformed into a veritable fairy palace. Occupying the remoter section of the immense platform, and accommodated on perfectly adjusted tiers, was the united schools choir of about live hundred voices. The platform itself, artistically arranged and as artistically decorated, with its weight of boys and girls in their best clothes and their best smiles, presented a highly picturesque spectacle, which was in keeping with the general decoration of the hall. Ever and anon the normal animation of the platform was heightened by i the appearance of groups of children entrusted with special physical or vocal performances, the interest of the immense audience being uninterruptedly rivetted as the procession of the programme passed over the stage. The opening item was that of a united rendering the charming Welsh lullaby, 11 Roedd Main ali Babaii bach yn Cysgu by the choir. After this an interlude. The curtain fell and the audience were kept to rumin- ate on the character of the spectacle to follow. In due time the platform was disclosed to view, and a hundred or more sweetly-attired infants formed a semi-circle in front of the general body of choralists- It was a charming sight, of which the audience gave very definite tokens of their admiration, The infant choir, with infantile graces, sang Mae'r ceiliog wedi canu with a strenuousness of voice and movement that evoked loud applause. A representative joint choir of the Higher Grade and National Schoals followed with a most creditable rendering of the part song, Sleigh Bells." Then came physical exercises by the girls. Although the exercises occupied a consider- able portion of the evening, the interest and admira- tion of the audience did not for a moment flag. The movements and the counter movements and the drill generally, were splendidly performed, winning golden encomiums all round. The Infant Choir again ap- peared and gave a bewitching rendering of the action song, Tit Willow." This was one of the most inter- esting and entertaining items of the programme and fairly brought down the house. The first part of the programme was brought to a close with the action song "The British Flag" by scholars representing Lakefield, Park-street, and Market-street Schools. Much vigour, vocal and physical, was thrown iatothe rendering, the waving and twisting of the coloured flags making an interesting and picturesque adjunct of the effort. The glee, "The Gipsies' laughing trio," by scholars from the Cepperworks, New Dock, Mach- ynys. and Bigyn Schools, was excellently rendered and evoked the enthusiastic plaudits of the audience, nor did the action song, Little Helpers," by the Infant Choir receive a less favourable reception. The infants, indeed, were great favourites with the audience throughout, their tiny figures, charmingly dressed, their powerful voices and innocent ways taking all hearts captive. The part song, The Flag of Old England," by the United Choir, was exceedingly well given, and this was followed by an ambitious effort in spectacluar effect, entitled "Fairy Circles," given by contingents from the Old Road, Felinfoel, and Dafen Schools. Then came the military drill of the boys, under the generalship of Sergt. Samuel, who was gor- geously attired in the uniform of the Pembrokeshire Yeomanry. The drill was magnificently gone through, the precision and exactitude of every move- ment and combination-and the combinations were marvellous to a degree-being excellent, and evoking the heartiest plaudits of the audience. The programme concluded with the most elaborate effort of all. It comprehended a series of patriotic choruses (in charac- ter) representing England, Wales, Ireland, and Scot- land. In the centre stood Britannia, robed in white, wearing a silver crown and holding a golden trident. In turn the representatives of each nation marched on to the platform singing their own patriotic chorus, and the general choir joining in the refrain. The effect was thrilling to a degree, an effect which was enhanced and heightened by the exquisite representative costumes worn by the respective groups and which had been made by the deft lingers of the capable lady teachers of the town. When all the groups had appeared, artistically disposed around Britannia, with the great chorus as a back-ground, the effect was thrilling. Before leaving the platform, the chorus and groups joined in singing God save the Queen," This concluded a unique event in the history of the town. The chairman on Monday evening was Mr. H. J. Howell, chairman of the School Board, and on Tuesday evening, M r. T. Jones, H.M.I.S. The conductor was Mr. R, C. Jenkins, R.A.M., the accompanist, Mr. Luther Owen, and the drill instruct- or, Sergeant Samuel, to each of whom the greatest praise is due.