I Concert at Tcnypaetdy. A successful concert in aid of the Rhondda branch of the National League of the Blind was held at the Royal Cinema, Tonypandy, on Sunday evening, December 7th. Mr W. J. Griffiths presided and the programme included selections by the Penygraig and District Male Voice Party, conducted by Mr. B. Thomas, the artistes being Mr. D. Matthews, Williamstown (tenor), Miss Nancy Phillips, Tonypandy (soprano), and Mr Selwyn Morgan, Tonyrefail ( (baritone). Mr S. Greg- ory, A.R.C.O., himself afflicted with blindness, gave recitals on the organ. The sum of T22 15s. 9d. was col- lected in aid of the National League of the Blind.
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Miss Phyllis Novinsky, Violinist. Miss Phyliis Novinsky, daughter of Mr and Mrs J. Novinsky, jewel- lers, Dunraven st., Tonypandy, who made her first appearance in Mid- Rhondda at a conceit held at Beth- ania (C.M.) Chapel, Llwynypia, on Thursday, the 11th inst., undoubted- ly created a deep impression upon all those present. Her playing, indeed, was of a very high standard, the three pro- gramme items, namely, "Ballade et Polonaise," by Yieuxtemps, Ave Maria," by Schubert, arranged for violin by Wilhemj, and "Hyre Kati," by Hubay, being*%i most try- ing feat for a young girl of sixteen summers. These pieces, which bristled with. difficulties, were sur- mounted with wonderful ease and accuracy, and her cantabile playing was always most pleasing, bringing forth a broad, rich tone especially on the G string. Miss Novinsky pos- sesses that wonderful soul which is so essential for violin playng. Her performance throughout was a very rare treat and we. feel sure that all students of the violin, who were pre- sent, must have left the concert deep- ly impressed. As encores we had "Lecyne," by Saint Saens, and "Sweet Lavender" by Macdowejl. We can predict a ? r.. '\1: ? most brilliant future for her and her parents, who are well known in Mid- Rhondda, may feel very proud in having a most talented daughter, who hy the way, was horn at Tony- pandy, and trained at Trinity Col- lege of Music, London. We hope that her future will be crowned with success.
Ponfygwaith Winners. I CLOSE OF THE WELSH DRAMA COMPETITION AT TYLORS- TOWN. The Welsh, drama competition, whicn attracted large audiences to bethany Hall, Tylorstown, last week concluded on Saturday when the Soar (Politygwaith) company staged "Ar y Groestfordd" (Rev. R. G. Berry), Mr W. Emerson, M.E., presiding. The cast included Mr E. Ponto James (Welsh National Drama Com- pany), Mr T. J. Jones, Miss Eleanor J. Jones, Miss Mag Jones, Mr John James, Mr David Davies, Mr W. J. Griffiths, Mr T. J. Hughes, and Master David Davies, with Messrs. Ben Lewis and J. R. Thomas as stage managers. During the week Welsh plays were performed by the following companies: Wern (Bedlinog), Ynys- hir, Penrrys, Bethlehem (Porth), I Cadwgan (Treorchy), and Soar (Pontygwaith). The adjudicators j were Mr D. Gwernydd Morgan, Poni ardawe (Welsh National Drama Com- pany), Mr E. J. Jones, M.A. (Fern- dale), Mr W. E. Williams, B.A. (Maerdy), and Mr W. It. Morgan (Tylorstown ). At the close of Saturday's per- formance Mr Gwyernydd Morgan an- nounced that the first prize ( £ 10) would be awarded to Soar (Ponty- gwaith, and the second ( £ 5) to Beth- lehem (Portli). He said that the large attendances throughout the week proved that the drama was hav- ing a hold upon the hearts of the Welsh people. Speaking at the con- clusion of the competition, he said he felt he had partcipated in a festi- val of grace. Mr Gwernydd Morgan went on to express his belief in the influence of the drama, declaring that it was the dearest handmaid ell of the Gospel. The pulpit preachei could only speak, but the preachers of the drama were able to show things to their audiences as they actually were. Referring to the competition, he said that the per- formances of two companies entitled them to a place of their own, and of the two one stood on a pinnacle by itself. The proceedings terminated by the singing of "Hen Wlad fy Nhadau."
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Rhondda Women Teachers. I The Rhondda Education Commit- tee at its last meeting decided that all married women teachers who had qualified for the minimum superan- nuation pay should be asked to re- sign at the close of the current school year next July, and that the ser- vices of those w ho had not qualified be retained until they became en- titled to the grant. Tlus decision has caused much agi- tatioll among the women teachers who met representatives of iocal labour women's organisations and co-operative guilds at Poiih on Thursday evening, the 11th, inst., to discuss the matter. The meeting was largely attended, Mr. W. J. Gruar, Treherbert, being in the chair, supported by Mrs E. Wil- liams, Gelli, and Mrs Williams, Tylorstown (members of the Rhon- dda Education Committee), and Mr W. G. Cove, N.U.T. executive mem- ber. Great indignation was expressed at the "reactionary and unfair" de- cision of the local authority, and a deputation was appointed to wait upon the committee. The meeting further decided upon the formation of a permanent women's organisation to enforce women's rights, and an Executive Committee was elected, representa- tive of the teachers and the Labour bodies, with instructions to embark upon preparations for the next muni- cipol election, A fund was inaugurated by means of voluntary subscriptions, and Miss of vo l tintar- Mary Williams, Ton Pentre, was chosen secretary.
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Mid-Rhondda Concert. What can undoubtedly be termed a rare musical treat was enjoyed at Bethania Cli-apel, Llwynypia on Thursday evening, the 11th inst., when the annual grand miscellane- ous concert in connection with the church was held. Mr W. Xaunton Evans, solicitor, Tonypandy, very ably presided over a large and appreciative audience. The artistes were: Soprano, Miss -A,legaii Foster, London contralto, Madame Lizzie Davies, Tonypandy; baritone, Mr Ivor Foster, London violinist, Miss Phyllis K ovinsky, London. The accompanist, Mr Dd. Lloyd, I.S.M., Tonypandy, added much to the quality of the concert by his cap- aple and sympathetic playing. Miss Megan Foster, who made her first appearance in the Rhondda, cre- ated quite a sensation and made a decided hit. She possesses a charm- ing manner and her staging captiva- ted the audievce immediately. Her ciioi. e ::i sons • was also much to be admired and her clearness of tone, correct articulation, and splendid enunciation made a deep impression upon all who were present. We ven- ture to predict a very brilliant future for this young lady who is a great credit to her father, Mr Ivor Foster who, up to the present, has been her sole trainer. Madame Lizzie Davies was never heard to better advantage. Mr Ivor Foster proved as popular as ever and more than deserved re- peated demands for encores which greeted his every appearance. References to Miss Phyllis Novin- sky are made elsewhere in our col- umns. A perusal of the programme will enable our readers to judge for themselves the nature of the concert. The items were: Songs, "At Dawn- The i'Leiiis were. 5 ing" (C. W. Cadman), and "A Bor- der Ballad" (Sir Frederick Cowan), Mr Foster; encore, "J ane" (Lois Barker); violin solo, "Ballade et Polonaise," Miss jSovinsky; encore, "Lycene"; songs, "Y Grloinen" (Welsh Folk Songs), and Deio i Dywyn" (Caneuon Gwerin), Miss Megan Foster; encore, "Mr. Bear" (Norali Blaney); songs, "Homing'' (Del Riga), and "The Fairy Pipers" (A. H. Brewer), Madame Lizzie Davies; encore, "Dafydd y Gareg Wen" (Welsh Folk Songs); duets, "Give me thy hand" (Don Giovan- ni), and "Donkey Dues" (Y eronique) Miss AlegaiLand Mr Ivor Foster en- core, "N o John" (Folk Songs); vio- lin solos, "Ave Maria" and Hyro Kati," Miss Novinsky encore, "Sweet Lavender" songs, "Love's Hesitation" and "The Litte Brown Owl (W. Sanderson), Miss Megan Foster; encore, '"Meddyliau Plentyn" (Merlin Morgan); song, "The Deathless Army," Mr. Ivor jFoster; encore, "Devonshire Cream and Cider" (Sanderson) encore, "Doli" (Folk Songs); song, "Gwlad y Bryniau," Madame Lizzie Davies; encore, "I pass by your window" (May Brake). The officers of the coiiimittee were: Chairman, Mr Tom Rhys treasurer, Mr David Morgan, M.E.. secretaries, Messrs. John Pritchard and Herbert Jones.
I Llwynypia Nurse Deoorated I by the King. Miss A. Thomas, one of the Sis- ters at the Infirmary attached to the Llwynypia Homes, had the honour of being decorated with the Royal Red Cross Medal by the King at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, the 3rd inst. She was a member of the first batch of nurses to leave this country for Mesopotamia and also to enter Bagdad. Miss Thomas is the only nurse from the Rhondda to re- ceive the above distinction. She is a native of Pencader, Carmarthenshire and is a cousin of Mrs John Phillips, 50 Ely street, Tonypandy. Sister Thomas, who received her training at the Carmarthen Infirm- ary, came to the-Rhondda about nine years ago from Merthyr, first serving at the Isolation Hospital, Ystrad Rhondda, and transferring from there to the Infirmary. She served for over four years during the Great War, three of these being spent in Mesopotamia.