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EISTEDDFOD AT SOLVA. A very successful eisteddfodd was held on Christmas .light at Mount Pleasant Baptist Chapel. There was a very large attendance, and the eisteddfodd from every point of view was a complete success. The officials were:—Chairman, Mr. E. H. Lewis, Hendre; conductor, Rev. T. Davies, Felinganol; adjudicators: music, Mr. E. Anthony, Goodwick. literature, Mafonwy; prize bags, Mrs Williams, Gaerfarchell, and Mrs. Jones, Trewellwell. Accompanist, Mrs. Anderson, St. David's; treasurer, Mr B. J. Lewis, Gwynfe House; secretary, Mr. J. J. Jenkins, Hendre Cross Council school. The two last named officials backed up by a good working com- mittee are to be complimented for their untiring energy in connection with the eisteddfodd, the success of which to a cer- tain extent, was due to their efforts. LIST OF COMPETITIONS. Pianoforte solo—Miss Nan Davies, The Manse, Solva. Recitation (to those under 15)-1, M. A. Collins, Fort, Solva; 2, Hannah Williams, Solva. Solo for girls under 12-1, May Davies, Ship Hotel, Solva; 2, Maud Nicholas, Kingheriot. (Jiuldren's choir-1, Solva Warblers (conducted by Mr. B. J. Lewis). Duet (T. and B.)—Mr. Tom Griffiths, Whitchurch; and Mr. J. J. Jenkins, Cwvndv House, Solva. Solo 01 for boys under 16—1, Hedley Gronow, Caerfarchell; 2, Harold Lewis, Caerforiog. Prize bag-Mrs. Ben Thomas, Harbour View; and Miss Miriam Phillips, Council School, Croesgoch. Solo for girls under 16-1, Gertie Davies; 2, Hannah Williams and Kate Roberts (equal); extra prie, M. A. Collins. Best written letter in the Pembrokeshire dialect-Mr. W. John, "County Guar- dian office, Solva. Ladies' choir—Mount Zion (conducted by Mr. W. Beynon). Soprano solo-Miss Bessie Griffiths, Solva. Baritone solo—Mr. John Evans, Croes- goch. Duet, those under 16—Gertie and Ada Davies, Solva; and Hubert and Harold Lewis, Caerforiog (equal). General knowledge—Mr. B. J. Lewis. Duet (S. and A.)—Misses Bessie and Ann Griffiths, Solva. Male voice—Mount Pleasant (conductor, Mr. \V. Evans, Folly House). Recitation (open)—Mr. B. J. Lewis, and Mr. Dan Jones, Cardigan (equal). Quartette—Misses Bessie and Edith Howells, Caerwen; and Messrs. J. J. Jen- kins and Tom Griffiths. Impromptu speech—Mr. B. J. Lewis. Chief choral—Mount Pleasant Choir (conductor, Mr. Tom Griffiths). A vote of thanks was passed, on the pro- position of the conductor, to all those who had in any way assisted in connection with the eisteddfodd. e understand tnat a substantial sum has been netted, and the management committee, therefore, are highly pleased over their efforts to ensure succesi -T We append the remarks of the adjudi- cator (Mr. E. Anthony) in making the various awards :— Ladies' Choir-Two choirs sung. The first choir possessed excellent voices, es- pecially the second sopranos and contraltos. They excelled in tone quality; rhythm and phrasing the expression. The adjudicator emphasised the importance of tone quality and rhythm. These are often neglected, although no pleasurable result can be ob- tained without them. The first choir were awarded the prize for the most finished performance of the evening. Children's choir.—Two choirs competed. The adjudicator in his preliminary obser- vations pointed out the essential feature of good singing. The conductor of a child- ren's choir should aim at beauty of tone. Correct phrasing and rhythm and distinct pronunciation. A grasp of expression, the ability to express the natural in music is not to be expected from children. Child- ren's voices should be handled with care and the adult voice should be all the better for early good training in childhood. The conductor should (1) cause the child to emit an even tone with no evidences of change of register from top to bottom. (2) secure the rhythm of the time signa- ture and thus draw out the innate feeling for accent, which every child possesses, and (3) establish an ideal of enunciation, re- membering that the release of the word is more difficult even than the attack. The pronunciation of the first choir was good. The choir had a correct idea nf rhythm; sang with delicate tone and kept the pitch. In The pronunciation and phrasing of the second choir was also good, but the tone quality of the voices was.not equal to that of the first choir. The choir also showed uncertain intonation. First prize awarded the first choir. Male voice competition. —Three choirs sang. The march "Imdeithgan Rhyfelwyr" consists of three movements-the plan commonly adopted—Introductory, relief, and repetition. The introductory move- ment was well sang by all three choirs, but there was not sufficient contrast between the relief portion, and the principal march when repeated. The adjudicator showed how to secure good unisons and to give ex- pression to the variations in rhythm in the relief portion. The competition between the second and last choirs was a keen one, but for excellence of tone, blend, inton- ation, and unison passages, he awarded the prize to the last choir. Chief Choral competition.—Three choirs sang Salaw's beautiful anthem Enard cu." The adjudicator gave a lengthy ad- judication, pointing out the most common faults in his introductory remarks. These were, thin tone, specially sopranos; wrong idea of rhythm, especially top page 2 un- certainty of time and lack of feeling, and failure of tenor at critical portion of anthem—top page 4. 1st choir possessed good voices, but the tone of the sopranos lacked fullnesi The tempo was good, but there was no grasp of expression. 2nd choir possessed excellent voices, but the blend was slightly affected by the faulty production of the tenors. The attack was smart and the allegro movement—pages 3 and 4, was well worked out. The inton- ation at times was uncertain, and the tempo was too fast. 3rd choir. A very powerful choir. The voices were very good in quality, but the altos showed a tendency to force and over- balanced the other parts. This choir opened beautifully, but the intonation of the choir soon became uncertain, and this marred what would otherwise have proved a very good performance. The competition w-s n a close one, but the adjudicator had no hesitation in awarding the first prize to the second choir*