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Newport National Eisteddfod. THE CHIEF CHORAL CONTEST, The difficulty which recently cropped up in I connection with the forthcoming chief choral contest ad the Newport National Eisteddfod, and -ontost abb the Nr?.wport N, whioh threatened to result in the withdrawal of the Mertbyr and the Pontypool and Abersychan choirs from the competition, has now been agreeably settled. It will be remembered Shaft the hitch aiose owing to a misunder- standing respecting the test piece, "They than go down to the sea in shipi," selected from Mr David Jenkins's The Mariners." Ib was observed thai this chorus (No. 9), standing oy itt-elf, had a very awkward ending, and Mr Jenkins, on being appealed to, promised to re-set the finish so as to make it simpler. For some cause, the re-setting did not take place, and the committee therefore, in March last, decidad to extend the work by the inclusion of the two following choruses, Nos. 10 and 11. The question afterwards arose to whether the Merthyr and the Pontypool and Abersychan choirs had had notica of the change. Iu was feared that they were only practising No. 9. In fact the music for that part of The Mariners only had been sent to them until the second week m July, when the mistake was di-seovered. It was then thought that they had no tune to got the other pnrts ready, but both choirs and their officials have now magnanimously con- sented to throw themselves into practice at the eleventh hour and get ready for August 4th, The action of the choirs will secure the hearty commendation of the public, and adds greatly to the popularity which they already enjoy. Six choirs will now participate in the contest, viz Holyhead, Builth, Llaiielly, Rhymney, Ponty- ptot and Abersychan, and Merthyr. INTERVIEW WITH A LLANELLY I CONDUCTOR. In connection with the misunderstanding our Llanelly representative waited upon Mr Godsell, chairman of the Llanelly Choir committee, for an pxpression of view representing the feeling in iiianelly. In answer to inquiries pnb to him, Mr Godsell remarked that it was first of all stated tba.t the chorus from the Pdalm of Life to bf! prepared was No. 9. This was absurd," continued Mr GodselJ, for the sufficient reason that No. 9 is IJob a complete chorus. It has no finisb." "Biib it appears as a separate chorus lo the work ?" Y es, unfortunately it does. At a matter of fact. however, Nos. 9, 10, and 11 have to go together, and it would undoubtedly have been better if the three numbers—for such they ale- were grouped under one head and numeral in the work. However, when No. 9 was selected, we were promised that Dr. Jenkins would complete it before copies of the chorus were furnished to the choirs intending to compete. When the copies arrived, we found that they contained the three numbers. 9. 10, and 11, and some of us saw th" Musical Committee of the Newport National Eisteddfod, and were informed that the three numbers had to be prepared. Having made assurance doubly sure, we proceeded to work and have been engaged on the three numbers ever since." "Do you know whether the three numbers were sent to the other choirs ?" I cannot speak for all the other choirs, but I know that Rhymney and some others have been engaged on the three numbers." THE SEASON TICKETS. I As will bo seen from our advarbisii'sr columns season tickets for the whole of the Eisteddfod meetings are now available, and the plan is on view at Messrs Newman and Sons, Commercial- ..street, Newporo. Already there has been a large demaud for these tickets, and the booking is being rapidly proceeded with. Intending purchasers would therefore do well in their own interest to secure their seats with as little delay as possible. The committee, whose services mertt substantial support) at the bands of the public, are generous in the privileges they offer to season ticket holders, the prices for which, in regard to the number of mestitgs they cover, aie exceptionally low.

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