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THE TABERNACLE LITERARY AND…

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THE TABERNACLE LITERARY AND MUSICAL FESTIVAL. The annual literary and musical festival held in connection with the Tabernacle Chapel, Ruthin, took place on Thursday at the Assem. bly Rooms. The weather was all that could be desired, and the meetings, from a pecuniary as well as from an artistic point of view, turned out a grand success, the spacious room being in the evening crowded to its utmost capacity. The presidents of the day were Mr. J. Watkin Lumley, J.P. (Chairman of the Denbighshire County Council), and the Mayor (Dr. J. Medwyn Hughes). The Rev. E. Williams proved him- self an efficient conductor, the adjudicators being Professor J. O. Jones, Wrexham (music); the Rev. S. T. Jones (Alawn), Rhyl; the Rev. R. Ambrose Jones, Trefnant (Emrys ap Iwan); the Rev. E. Stephens, Llanfwrog; the Rev. R. Lewis, Batliafarn, and Miss Anna Rowlands, B.A. (Headmistress of the Ruthin County School). Miss Owen, Plas Coch, and Mr. W. A. Lloyd, Market Street, werethe accompanist. The arrangements for the meeting were car- ried out by an influential committee, of which Mr. Edward Jones, Merllyn, was Chairman, Mr. William Jones, Clwyd Villa, Treasurer, and Mr. J. Clarke Jones, Bodaeron, Secretary. THE AFTERNOON MEETING. The first meeting took place at two o'clock, It,,a* -well attended. Mr. J. Watkin Lumley occupied the chair, the Rev. E. J. Williams being the conductor. The Chairman, in opening the meeting, re- ferred briefly to the utility of literary and musical festivals as a means of developing the mental faculties of the young. He was very pleased indeed to see so many of the young people of Ruthin present, ard hoped that the meeting would answer the purpose for which it was being held (hear, hear). The programme was then proceeded with as fol gws;- Adjudication on the scriptural examination tchildren under 12 years)—1, Matilda Jones, Merllyn 2, J. Ivor Jones. Under 10 years- 1, Myfartwy Williams ) 2, D. W. Roberts. Contralto solo, 'Rhosynyr Haf (three com- petitors)— Miss Mary Ellinor Jones, Llan- armon. The Chairman presented Miss Wine- fred Jones, Clocaenog, with an extra prize, the adjudicator having declared her rendering of the solo as a very creditable performance. Stanza, 'Sound' (16 competitors)-I, John Jones, Bryntirion, Llangynhafal, invested by Miss Bertha Roberts, Market Street. Recitation, 'YDedwydd Dri' (I The Happy Three'), (6 competitorii)-I, Winefred Jones, Clocaenog; 2nd, Mary Lloyd, Gyffylliog, and both invested by Miss Hilda Williams. Translations from English to Welsh (10 com- petitors)— David Thomas (Dewi Meirion), Cilcen Sehool, Mold, whose representative was invested by Mrs. William Jones, the Mill. Duett competition, 'Y Cyfaill' (under 16 years of age). Five parties took part in the preliminary contest, and three appeared on the platform. 1, Miss Winefred Jones, Clocaenog, and Miss Williams, Ruthin (invested by Mrs. Davies, Market Street). For the best and most complete notes of a sermon delivered at Tabernacle on a given Sunday, the prize was awarded to Miss Mar- garet Jane Jones, Merllyn (invested by Mrs. Harris Jones); 2, Mr. J. Clarke Jones, Ruthin. Translating from Welsh to English a number of words from the Gospel of St. Mark (4 com- petitors)— Catherine Anne Jones, Merllyn; t, Edith Jones, New Road (invested by Mrs. G. H. Simon). In the handwriting competition, Jane Alice Parry, Bontuchel, was awarded the first prize, and Ellen Lloyd, Gyffylliog, the second, out of 15 competitors, and both were invested by Miss Maggie Hughes. John Price Jones, Bontuchel, was awarded the prize for reading, impromptu, a number of verses. A second prize was awarded to Lizzie Parry, Bontuchel. Miss Edwards, Ruthin, in. vested. The next competition was for a party of eight, the test piece being Lux Benigna.' Five parties had entered, and three appeared on the platform. The party conducted by Mr. J. Clarke Jones, Ruthin, and represented by Miss Mabel Roberts, was adjudged the best, the ad- judicator giving it high praise. Miss Roberts was invested by Mrs. Jones, Merllyn. Pianoforte competition 'Study in C' (Ber. tini), open to competitors under 16 years of age if out of three, who appeared on the plat form, was Howell ap Harris, Ruthin. Prizes were also given by the Chairman to Miss Wil. liams, Board School (2nd), and Miss Hilda Maysmor Gee (3rd). Mrs. Clarke Jones in- vested. The prizes for the best essay, 'Hiatory of Christ according to St. Mark i.- ix.' (four com- positions), were awarded to—1, Rose Digner, Bontuchel; 2nd, C. A. Jones, Merllyn. Seventeen compositions were received in the pencil, pen, or ink drawing, and Thomas Sains- "fairy, Ruthin, was awarded the premier honours. jge was invested by Miss Lumley, Haulfre. In the baritone solo competition, Gwlad yr Eisteddvodau,' several soloists underwent the preliminary contest, and three were selected to appear on the platform. This was an ex- cellent contest, the adjudicators characterising the singing of the three competitors as being of high quality. The best was Mr. J. E. Morris, Llangollen, who was invested by Miss Owen, Plas Coch. Only one competed in the wood carving com- petition, viz., Hugh Edwards, Derwen, and he was awarded the prize. Invested by the Chair- man. In the hymn-reciting competition, the prize was awarded to Gwilym Howel Jones. Prizes were also given to Maggie Ellis and Myfanwy Williams. The chief attraction of the afternoon pro- gramme was the Juvenile Choir Competition, the test piece being Cyssegrwn flaenffrwyth ddyddiau'n hoes Two choirs competed, viz., Bontuchel Choir and the Tabernacle Choir. The competition was, on the whole, disappoint- ing, both choirs going out of tune. The prize was awarded to the Tabernacle Choir, con- ductor, Mr. Arthur Jones, Relieving Officer, Ruthin. This brought the afternoon meeting to a close. THE EVENING MEETING. This meeting commenced at half past six. The Mayor presided, and opened the proceeding with a few appropriate remarks. The Scriptural examinations resulted as follows:— Class 1, Miss Mary Ada Jones, Merllyn 2nd, Miss Margaret Jane Jones, Merllyn; 3rd, Miss H. Williams, Board School. Class II—1st, Catherine A. Jones, Merllyn; 2nd, Miss Hilda Williams, Board School. Nine parties had entered in the duett (Tenor and Bass) competition, 'Y ddau Delynor,' (The two Harpists), and two were called on the plat- form. The prize was awarded to Owen Jones and David Evans, Bontuchel; and they were invested by the Mayoress of Ruthin. For translating from Welsh into English, Miss Mary Ada Jones, Merllyn, was adjudged the best out of ten competitors, and she was invested by Miss Jessie Roberts. In the Soprano solo competition, Y Gloch.' (The Bell), Miss Olive Williams, Board School, (who was invested by Miss Hughes, Market Square) was awarded the prize. This was a very indifferent competition. Four oil paintings were sent in, and that produced by Miss Dora Thomas, Well Street, Ruthin, was declared to be the best, and she was invested by Miss Jennie Williams, the Mills. The impromptu speech competition resulted in Mr. John Williams, Llanfwrog, being de- clared the best: and he was awarded the prize. He was invested by Mrs. Lewis. The second choral competition was the next item on the programme, the test piece Jbeing, 'Dyddiau dyn sydd fel glaswelltyn.' Two choirs competed viz, Gellifor and Hirwaen. The prize was awarded to the first named choir, conducted by Mr. David Jones, Board School. For the best Essay on the 'Baptism, Tempta- tion and Transfiguration of Christ,' six com- petitions had been received and the prize was awarded to Miss M. A. Jones, Merllyn, the prize being given by the Mayor. In the Bass solo competition, Y milwr Clwyfedig,' the prize was awarded to Mr. David Evans, Bontuchel. The best map of Palestine in the days of Christ based upon St. Mark, chapter 1 to 9 was that sent in,by T. Salisbury Jones. The second went to Miss Bertie Roberts, Vale Yieiv, and the third to Miss Hilda Williams, Board School. In the reciting competition the prize went to Master J. Ivor Williams, Union Lodge. The impromtu Quartette competition resulted in Mr. Richard Jones, Llanarmon, and party being declared the best. Five essays on the subject, The objects of Mark in writing his gospel,' were received, the prize going to Miss Hughes, Chapel House, Dyffryn. In the reciting competition' The burning Bush,' the prize was awarded to Miss Mary Lloyd, Gyffylliog. For the 'In Memoriam' (six verses) to the late Mr. Gee, the competition sent in by Mr. Davies, Penore, Llangynhafal, was declared to be the best, and he was awarded the prize. The best in the Tenor solo competition, Hoffder y Cymro,' was Mr. Owen Jones, Bont- uchel. For the best short story on the dangers of youths, the prize went to Miss Roberts, Clwyd Street, Ruthin. The last item on the programme was the choral competition, the selected piece being Fel y Brefa'r Hydd.' Two choirs only com- peted, viz, the Tabernaele United Choir, and the Bethania United Choir. Great interest was taken in the competition which resulted in the first prize gr .11g to the Tabernacle choir, (Conductor l. fJ. H. Edwards), the other choir was conducted by Mr. Enoch Davies. The adjudicator characterised the performance of the successful choir as perfect. He also gave high praise to the Bethania choir, and recom- mended both to compete in the National Eis- teddvod.

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