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PERFORMANCE OF ELIJAH. On Tuesday evening, the Philharmonic Society, gave a performance of Elijah at the Drill Hall. The Elijah has been given in Denbigh on two former occasions, the first time by the Philharmonic Society (conducted by the late Mr. Watkins), over twenty years ago, and afterwards at the Denbigh National Eistedavod in 1881, by the Eisteddvod choir, also conducted by Mr. Watkins. Very few of the present members of the Philharmonic 'society took part in either performances. On the present occasion, the committee, relying upon the public for support, and knowing the hold Mendelssohn's Elijah has upon musical people, spared no expense to render a worthy performance, and it must at once be admitted that the public fully realised the expectation of the committee the Drill Hall being packed to its utmost capacity, all the reser, ed seats having been taken, and the cheaper seats being equally well filled. The choir numbered close upon eighty voices drawn from all the different churches and chapels of the town and neighbourhood. The orchestra numbered twenty, and con- sisted of professionals and several amateurs. The latter included Miss Sharon Helsby (St. Asaph), Miss Muriel Marsden (Chester), and Miss Tallent (BrynHithrig), violins. Mr. Ffoulkes (Erriviatt Hall), and Mr. Moore (Chester), violincellos. Mr. Johnson (flute), and Mr. E. H. Williams (oboe) both of Mold; Mr. Haslam (Southport), and Mr. E. G. Pugh (Rhyl), bassoons; Mr. Hall (Rhyl), clarionet, and Mr. Vaughan (Rhyl), trumpet. Mr. Horace Haselden was the leader. Mr. A. H. Allen presided at the organ, and the whole performance was under the baton of Mr. J. Ll. Williams. The principals engaged were Madame Mary Owen, soprano, Miss Annie Parry (Mrs. Fred Owen), contralto, Mr. T. Barlow tenor, and Mr. Ivor Foster, baritone. Un- fortunately, late on Monday afternoon, Madame Mary Owen's agents wired that she was suffering from influenza, in Paris, and could not possibly come. Under these circumstances, the committee had to make every possible effort to secure a substitute, and succeeded in engaging the services of Miss Jennie Foulkes, of Cardiff, who bad to travel from that town to Denbigh, on Tues- day-a most fatiguing journey. But Miss Foulkes proved herself a capable artist, and a conscientious singer, although evidently suffering from a severe cold. Her rendering of Hear ye Israel' was magnificent, and evoked hearty applause. In the exacting recitatives she was equally successful, except in one, when a wrong note played upon one of the instruments put her out, but this was not in anyway her fault. Miss Annie Parry is a decided favourite with Denbigh audiences, and her rendering of o rest in the Lord,' was succeeded by most hearty applause on the part of the audience. Mr. Barlow's two solos, and his other con- tributions were marked as much by the carefulness of the experienced singer as by beauty of expression, and careful phrasing. To Mr. Ivor Foster, however, fell the hard work of the evening. He is in reality a magnificent singer, with more than the ordinary share of a vocalist of declama- tory power and histrionic ability. Not soon will be forgotten his rendering of 4 Is not his word like a fire.' Still more lasting will be the effect of 'It ia enough.'° His! many other contributions were b all suc- cessful, and we state no more than the bare truth, when we say that rarely has an artist given so much satisfaction to a some- what critical audience. In the quatettes, &c., valuable assistance was given by Miss Jennie Jones, Mrs. Fred Roberts, and Mr. R. G. Jones. I The orchestra was a thoroughly capable one, and but few faults could be found with its most exacting task. Taken as a whole, the choir acquitted itself well. Perhaps their best effort was 'Thanks be to God,' which was really magnificently sung. The series of choruses descriptive of the prayers of Baal's worship- pers were also excellently sung. Too much praise cannot be given to the hon secretary, Mr. E. J. Swayne, for the admirable performance of his arduous duties. In Mr. Swayne as secretary, and Mr. James as treasurer, the society have ideal execu. tive officers.


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