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WESLEYAN DAY SCHOOL ANNUAL l'r CONCERT. J The fourth annual concert in connection with this school came off at the Royal Assembly Rooms on Thursday last, and proved the most successful of this very popular series. The hall was well filled with a most respectable audience, who marked their appreciation of the capital programme by frequent and hearty applause, and by remaining to the close. Alderman W. H. Richards, J.P., presided with his usual affability and efficiency. The Rev G. H. Camburn, at the commencement. said Mr Alderman Richards needed no introduction to a Tenby audience, and he had very much pleasure, in the name of all connected with their day school, in asking him to take the chair, and would ask them to give him a hearty welcome. At the close of the first part of the programme, Alderman Richards (who was greeted with hearty applause), said he found marked in pencil on his programme something that was not on theirs, namely, a speech from the chairman. He was not prepared for this, and was rather taken aback in speaking impromptu. On this occasion he could not help congratulating the Rev Mr Camburn, Mr Gower, and all the friends of the day school, on the success of the entertainment. What they had already heard of the proceedings he was sure had given much pleasure to all. Everyone interested in the cause of education (as everyone in Tenby is) must be gratified to observe the manner in which the children has been taught to sing and recite in the way these children had been. It was a great treat to him to come, and he thanked those gentle- men who had given him the opportunity of being there. He was glad to see so many present and was sure in coming within those walls on such a warm evening, they must have expected a good programme and they would agree with him that so far it was good, and that they had enjoyed it very much. (Applause). As he said before, he was not prepared to make a speech and he hoped they would bear with his natural timidity—(laughter)— on this occasion and feel for him, as they could imagine how awkward it was for a man to find himself on a platform in front of so many ladies. (Cheers). Mr Richards jocularly concluded by hoping that before very long all the ladies would have votes. (Applause and laughter). The Rev G. H. Camburn said they should pro- pose no vote of thanks in the ordinary way. At the same time they could not allow the interval to pass without acknowledging the kindness of Mr Alderman Richards in coming to this the annual concert of the day school. On behalf of Mr Gower and all connected with the school, the children and managers, he tendered Mr Richards their very sincere thanks. He was sure that audience felt obliged to him, and he would ask all present to testify their appreciation of his presence by ac- clamation. This request having been very warmly acceded to, the rev. gentleman called on the boys of the school for three cheers, to which they res- ponded with much spirit, The chairman in responding said he was glad they had still further proof that the children had -excellent lungs. At the conclusion of the programme the National Anthem was sung, and afterwards many and warm were the encomiums on the excellent programme provided, and the care and efficiency of Mr Gower's training. We should like to award a word cf praise to some of the children who displayed exceptional talent, those who particularly distinguished them- selves in reciting being Mildred Durnford (whose correct pronunciation and diction was remarkable in one so young), Edith Davies, Sarah Evans, Ernest Durnford, Edgar Parrott, and G. Thomas the latter two were extremely funny in the dia- logue, "Ignorance is Bliss." Special mention must also be made of the descriptive "songs of all nations"—France being represented by Alice Good- ridge, Denmark by Sarah Beynon, Switzerland by Polly Thomas, whilst Maud Morris and Sarah Evans were an American Indian and a Chinaman respectively but quite the gem of the evening was the conclusion of the "infants' action songs and musical drill," when two mites, Gladys Thomas and Arthur Nicholls, sang the Old English duet, "Where are you going to my Pretty Maid? the little maid at the conclusion treating her quondam lover with splendidly simulated contempt, eliciting a tremendous encore. A song, "The Black Dolly," was sung in capital voice by little Muriel Davies, and was followed by a dialogue in which the same dolly appeared. Here the young lady calls in the aid of the surgeon, John Smith, to fasten to the doll a leg which, during the song, had fallen off. In a dia- logue, "A Geography Lesson," the parts were well sustained by Sarah Evans, Lottie Lloyd, Lily Rees, Martha Jane Griffiths, Bessie Nicholls, and Alice Davies. Of the adults taking part Mi§s Husband's solo was warmly applauded, as also was that given by Miss Howells, a former and apparently popular teacher of the school. Mr Wade, who received an old favourite reception, occasioned much merriment in localizing the place and characters in one song, and his singing, as usual, elicited very warm ap- planse. Mr Stanley Thomas in the musical drill" displayed much skill in manipulating his useful, but rather unwarlike, weapon, while the scholars engaged with him, by their dexterous movements with the broom handles, and the correct time ob- served, testified that much time and care must have been taken ere such proficiency could have been obtained. As an accompanist Miss Nellie Evans was quite at home, and she contributed much to the success of the concert.

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