The Christmas Oratorios. Impressions of a Visitor. I should be very grateful, Mr. Editor, if you would kindly allow me a little space in your valuable paper to give Rliondda people a, few impressions made upon the writer by the choral singing of the Rhondda. On Christmas night, I heard the Tonypandy Harmonic Society gllve "Aciis and Galatea." I must con- gratulate the conductor of this choir on ins having such nne material to work upon, and on his hue training of the cnoriis, winch sang throughout with delightful taste and delicate judgment. Wretched Lovers was really well sung, and the audience insisted on having an encore. The' work of the choir was even better in the miscellaneous part. Dies Üæ" and "Hail, Bright Abode" were iiotn sung with marked effect. The 0 relies era was quite mediocre compared with the chorus. The artistes all acquit- ted themselves with credit. I have never heard Miss Emily Breare sing better than in this concert; her voice was clear as a crystal, and all her work was marked with good taste, and fine -enunciation. Mr. Uwilym Richards has done better, but he icached quite a high standard. I was particularly pleased with Mr. W. Richards' performance; his singing of that trying •solo, 0 ruddier than the cherry," was especially praiseworthy. I hope this choir will continue to aspire after greater suc- cess, and that, next time, they will take a more difficult and larger work. On the afternoon of the 26th, I visited .lea;-ctiv to hear the Noddfa Choral Society—reputed to be one of the finest in the Principality—give Gounod's Redemption." I was rather disappointed with the work of this choir, and more so I ia v. ith the work of the artistes. Miss Maria i: ell a ud was the best of a very moderate quartet. The orchestra was the largest cne in the three concerts I heard. But the orchestration of this work is written for even a larger and fuller orchestra. orchestra was also rather often quite subversive of discipline, and this militated against the work of the soloists. The best effort of the choir was in the last chorus of the first part, For us the Christ is made a victim availing." The voices were very rich and powerful, except for the dulnoss of the male portion. The render- ings were not marked with good taste. The tempo was nearly uniform through- out the work, and there was in most of the choruses a lack of dignity and depth of feeling, which is such a characteristic of this work, was almost entirely wanting. There was also hardly any perceptible modulation of tone in any one item. It is very bad form for a conductor from his ) ostrum to shout to orchestra or choristers during a performance. Having read reports of previous con- certs by this Society, my' expectations were consequently high, but I was dis- appointed. Musical people patronising concerts of this kind are often sadly dis- appointed after having read glowing accounts, written either by partisans' or unmusical people. This kind of thing is not to be encouraged, for it has a ten- dency to promote a spirit of laissez- laire," and is detrimental to good pro- gress. Praise undeserved is scandal in disguise." If the concert was an excep- tion to the general rule, I would give this Society the words of Confucius: Our greatest glory is not in never failing; but in rising every time we fall." The same evening, I visited Forth, and lieara the Porth Harmonic Society give Haydn's Creation." The promoters of tins concert could not have been more happy in their choice of artistes, the trio being the best artistes in the whole series of concerts heard. A feature of this per- formance was the skilful manipulation of the grand organ, which helped greatly to make up for deficiencies in the orchestra, which, for such a chorus, was totally in- adequate. The choir did not open as well as could be expected, the intonation of the sopranos being faulty. But in the second chorus, Despairing cursing, rage," they did brilliantly. The ensemble of the chorus was truly effective also in The heavens are telling" and "Achieved Is the glorious work." Mr, David Hughes: rich voice and fine declamatory power were heard to advan- tage in Rolling in foaming billows and Now heaven in fullest." I was very Pleased to' hear Mr. Spencer Thomas after his success at the Leeds Festival. He is Undoubtedly one of the tenors of the future, possessing a rich, mellow voice of the robust type. His singing throughout Was splendid, and in "In Tative Worth" he was a great success. I was particularly pleased to hear Miss Ethel Lister uphold the honour of our old country in the com- pany of sujch illustrious Welsh artistes. Her beautiful voice was heard to great advantage in With verdure clad and On mighty pens." Her high notes in The marv'llous work were exquisite. She is rapidly climbing to a, foremost place among soprano singers of our day. I hope next year to visit this part again, and I only hope that my next visit will be as enjoyable as the last. SEMI-BREVE.
Tivoii, Pent re. Judging by the size of the audience on Monday night, and the reception accorded the artistes, the Tivoli has supplied a long-felt want in the district. The com- modious building, spick and ispan in its new garb was completely packed from floor to ceiling with a, delighted audience, and the cheers and encores were prolific. And this is not to be wondered at, con- sidering the rare excellence of the turns contributed. Carl Howard, in a con- coction of comedy and conjuring, was delightful; whilst Kloof and Ramsey were smart- and interesting. Billy Roos and his Company contribute a striking turn," a mixture of Irish humour and good, sound British boxing. Paul Pelham is the man who alienates a woman's sym- pathy. and marvellously enlists that of the mere man. Deans and Wilton are a comical pair, and provide fun with lavish hand. Edna Rieve and Company appear in a dramatic sketch, Her Shattered Idol," the duel scene between the two rivals for the artist's heart providing quite a fund of excitement. A splendid turn is contributed by the Three Romas, athletes of .splendid build and powerful arm. Flo Inman and the Bioscope com- plete an excellent programme.
Ferndale. Two meritorious performances of the children's cantata, "The Coronation" (Hiscoe), were given by the juvenile choir at Trerhondda (W.C.) Chapel on Christ- mas Day, under the conductorship of Mr. David Williams. The principal charac- ters were ably interpreted by Misses Bromven Morris, M. J. Evans, Mrs. Gwilym Thomas, Misses C'einwen Morris, M. Evans and S. E. Morris, and Masters Martin Jeffreys and David Griffiths. Mr. Lewis Evans, as Publican," was well received, whilst Mr. Madoc Jeffreys, in The Drunkard," was great. The duties of accompanists were ably discharged by Miss Cassie Jones and Mr. W. J. Evans. The orchestra was ably led by Mr. Ben Williams. There were good attendances.
Children's Concerts at Penygraig. Two grand performances of C. A. White's Grandmother's Birthday were given by the Penygraig Children's Choir, under the conductorship of Mr. Billy Evans, at the Llanfair Hall, Penygraig, on Boxing Day. Dr. E. N. Davies, J.P., and Mr. J. D. Williams, D.O., J.P., the appointed chairmen for the afternoon and evening performances respectively, were unavoidably kept away, and worthy sub- stitutes were found in Mr. D. Eynon Williams and the Rev. D. Evans, Peny- graig. Cheques, however, were received from Dr. Davies and Mr. J. D. Williams, which were very acceptable by the com- mittee. The dramatis personee in the above cantata, were as follows —" Grand- mother," Miss L. A. Griffiths; Little Maud," Miss Mattie Morgan; "Alice," Miss Annie Flook: "Clara," Miss Nellie Wilmot; "Eva," Miss Dorothy Evans; "Lyda," Miss L. M. Bowen; "Lily," Miss Lily Cook; "Claude," Master D. R. Morgan- "Willie," Master David Wil- liams; "May," Miss Kate Derrick; and Charlie." Master D. H. Williams. The accompanist was Miss Nellie Eynon, Peny- graig, and Miss Harriet Jenkins was the violinist, both of whom acquitted them- selves with credit. The cantata, as the name implies, depicts a celebration of a grandmother's birthday. The whole book is full of merriment, and the music is well suited for a choir of children. It ran as follows: -Cliot,us Grandmother's Birth- day," the Choir song. Grandmother's Song, Grandmother; a dialogue by Willie, Charlie May. Maud, Alice, and Clara trio and chorus, "Comø where the wild flowers bloom," Grandmother, "Clara and Alice; dialogue between Alice and Willie; chorus, Bring the Flowers," the Choir dialogue, Maud, May, and Grand- Mother chorus, Come to the Moun- tains," the Choir; chorus. "We will gather Flowers," the Choir and Misses Bronwen Williams, Maggie Williams, Bessie Rowlands, A. R. Adams and L. M. Bowen; Coronation chorus, We have brought the Flowers," the Choir; song, Take these Flowers," Maud; invisible chorus, The Old Lady said," the Choir; duet, Arouse from thy dreaming." Eva and Lily; solo and chorus, Oh come where the daylight is gleaming," the Choir and Master D. R. Evans; solo and chorus, Good-night," Grandmother and Choir; song and chorus, Oh, Birdie, I am tired now," Claude and the Choir; chorus, Evening Prayer," the Choir. The whole performances were a very great success. So successful they were that a special performance was demanded on Friday evening—the hall proving far too small for those anxious to hear it. The choruses were all excellently rendered, and it is difficult to mark out one from the other. They were very sweetly sung, and clearly showed that they had been thoroughly trained. The action songs were gone through with commendable skill. Many of the choruses were encored, and this seemed to please: the little chil- dren very much, who went at it with renewed vigour. The solos and duets were also well rendered, and the duet, Arouse from thy dreaming," by Eva and Lily, and the solo, Oh, Birdie, I am tired now," by Claude, deserve mention. Grandmother (Miss L. A. Griffiths) did her part remarkably well. The management of the stage, &c., was under the supervision of Misses K. M. Jones and A. M. Evans. Great, praise is due to the conductor, Mr. Billy Evans, for the success attained, the more so when we consider that the proceeds are for Dr. Barnardo's Homes, and it was he (the conductor) who took the inititative in getting the choir together for this worthy object. We are sure that he was amply rewarded for his pains after such success- ful performances and crowded and appre- ciative audiences. We trust that a good sum of money will accrue from the com- mittee's undertaking, in order to send a, substantial amount. up to London to ease the sufferings of the needy and poor.
Bath. The growing use of Mustard in the bath-tub is a modern adaptation of the principle that Mustard is one of the most valuable external stimulants. To those who have not tried it the result is really surprising. Take a tablespoonful of best Mustard (Colman's is, of course, the best). Add to the bath when filled. The water will be found to be of a slight yellow-green colour, and absolutely free from any stinging or smarting sensation. In fact, it has a soft, velvety feeling, almost like milk, but with a glowing warmth that is appreciated by the most delicate skin. Under its influence, sore and stiff joints become limber and elastic, and the whole body experiences a sense of exhilaration that is scarcely credible. The Mustard bath is already a. favourite with foot- ballers, huntsmen, golfers, and those en- gaged in arduous sports, and equally so with Society ladies, who find in it. a refreshing antidote to the fatigue of functions, and a charming way of keeping in that healthy condition so conducive to beauty.
BodHngallt Eisteddfod. The annual eisteddfod in connection with Bodringallt Congregational Chapel, Y stiad-Khondda, was held on Christmas Day, under the conductorship of the Rev. T. D. Jones (pastor). Chief awards:- Pianoforte solo, Miss Elsie Francis, Ystrad; essay, Mr. J. W. Davies' Nantyffyllon; tenor solo, Mr. Ashton, Treorchy; recitation, Mr. J. Roberts, Gwauncaegurwen; basis solo, equal, Messrs. R. D. Bodycombe, Ystrad, and Ben Devonald, Ton; elegy, Mr. Tom Davies (Cenech), Ton; soprano solo, Miss Sarah Jane Thomas, Ystrad; champion recitation, chair prize (30 competitors), Mr. Cove, Treorchy. The following were the teams and their respective marks in the ambulance competition :,—1st, Mardy No. 1 (241); 2nd, Abergorchy (204); 3rd. Tynybedw A (199); 4th, Maindy and Eastern A (192); 5th, Llwynypia A (186) 6th, Llwynypia B (183); 7th, Maindy and Eastern B (174); 8th, Tynybedw B (173). Male voice party, Ton Musical Lovers (Mr. Tom Royall, conductor), -r-
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-r Gwersi yn Efengyl Mathew. (Parhad). Y BREGETH AR Y MYNYDD. DEDDFAU Y DEYRNAS (MATH. v. 17- 20). Ar ol y Gwynfyd daw y Rhwymedig- aeth. Yn dilyn y Gras mae y Ddyled- swydd. Dyma. y drefn dan yr Hen Desta- ment, e.g., ceir Duw yn addaw bendithio Abram drwy ei wneyd yn genhedlaeth fawr, &c., ond yn dilyn ar sodlau yr addewid am y fendith v mae y gorchymyn i Abram rodio ger bron Duw a bod yn berffaith. Eto, yn rhoddiad y ddeddf ceir Duw yn adgofio'r Genedl mai Efe oedd y Duw a'u dygodd hwy allan o Wlad yr Aifft, &c., ond yn dilyn hyny ceir dadleniad o'r Gorchymynion. Mae Gras a Dyledswydd, Ffydd a Gweithredoedd, Efengyl a Deddf yn nglyn a'u gilydd yn barhaus, ac nid ydynt i gael eu hysgaru. Da.w yr un egwyddor i'r golwg yn y Bregeth hon o eiddo Crist ar y Mynydd. Y mae yn perthyn i'r Deyrnas ei Deddfau, ac i'r Deiliaid eu Rhwymedigaethau a'u Oyfrifoldeb. Gwaith v Brenin yn yr adran hon yw Egluro'r Deddfau. I.-Perthynas Deddfau y Deyrnas a Chyfraith yr Hen Destament. Uno destynau ymffrost vr Iuddewon oedd y Gyfraith. Y meddiant o honi oedd vn rhoi arbenigrwydd arnynt fel Cenedl. 0 gwmpas iddi yr oedd eu holl hanes yn troi. Y Gyfraith a'r Proffwydi, dyma eu meddiant cysegredicaf fel Cenedl. A chwareuteg iddynt, onid oedd Duw Ei Hun wedi rhoddi arbenigrwydd arni ? Y geiriau hyn a lefarodd yr Arglwydd wrth eich holl gynulleidfa yn y mynydd, o ganol y tan, y cwmwl, a'r tywyllwch llais uchel, ac ni chwanegodd ddim." Duw Ei Hun roddodd y Gyfraith drwy. Moses. Efe a, roddodd iddo; ddwy lech y dystiolaeth, sef llechau o geryg wedi eu hysgrifenu a bys Duw." Naturiol felly oedd i'r Genedl deimlo yn eiddig- eddus drosti. Y peth cyntaf wna Crist felly yw gosod Ei wrandawyr ar eu gwyliadwriaeth rhag tynu camgasgliad am natur a dyben Ei Weinidogaet-h. Sicrha hwy mai nid Ei amcan yw diddymu na dirymu y Gyfraith, ond ei chyflawni. Y mae'r Efengyl a.'r Gvfraith yn mliob gwedd arni yn dal perthynas a'u gilydd. (a) Perthynas Cysgod a Sylwedd: Cysgod daionus bethau i ddyfod oedd gan y Gyfraith. Cyfeiriai yn mlaen at y Sylwedd. Yn Oen y Pasc, yn yr Arch, a'r Drugareddfa, a'r holl drefniadau offeiriadol, &c., fe welir cysgod y pethau gwell. Yn Nghrist caiff yr holl gysgodau pi,offAi,yd- oliaethau eu sylwreddoli. Dyma sylwedd mawr yr holl gysgodau. (b) Perthynas Parotoi a Pherffeithio Parotoad oedd yr oil o drefniadau yr Hen Oruchwyliaeth gogyfer â'l' Efengyl. Darparu y defnyddiau fel Dafydd at godi'i" Deml. Crist sydd yn perffeithio. Yn Ei Deyrnas Ef y daw y deml i fyny. (c) Perthynas Dechreu a Dadblygu Nid divy Deyrnas sydd yma na dwy Gyfraith, ond un yn ddadblygiad o'r llall. Yr amlinelliad yn y naill, y gweithio allan yn y llall-y wawr wedi d'od yn ddydd, y bachgenyn wedi tyfu yn ddyn yr hedyn wedi d'od yn yd Hawn yn y dywysen. (dd) Perthynas Egwyddor a Bywyd Y Gyfraith yn ei hegwyddorion geir yn yr Hen Destament, wedi os hysgrifenu ar lecjiau ac ar femrwn. Yn Nghrist ceir y Gyfraith wedi ei chorffori yn Ei fywyd. Yn Ei gymeriad difrycheulyd Ef mae'r ddeddf wedi ymgnawdoli. Mae'r ddeddf o dan ei choron. (e) Perthynas Dyben a Moddion. Dat- guddiad o Ewyllys Duw oedd y Gyfraith yn ei gwedd foesol, a dyben y datguddiad o honi oedd bod yn rheol i'w grea.duriaid fyw wrthi. Fel y cyfryw y mae'r Gyfraith i aroiS byth. Nid cyn y peidia Duw fed yn Dduw, a, dyn yn ddyn, y paid y Gyfraith fod yn Gyfraith. Nis gail y darn lleiaf o honi fod yn amwys a diystyr. Y mae lion i gael ei chwblhau. Y mae Enw Duw i gaei ei ogoneddu drwy gael dynion i ufuddhau iddi. Amcan sefydliad Teyrnas Crist yw adfer ufudd-dod i'r Gyfraith. Dwyn i fewn y Nef a'r Ddaear Newydd hono yn y rhai y mae cyfiawnder yn cartrefu. I'r graddau yr ufuddheir i'r Deddfau ac y dysgir ereill i -ufuddhau iddynt yr ymgyfyd dyn mewn anrhydedd yn y Deyrnas. Torer y Deddfau, a dysger ereill i wneyd hyny, fe gollir parch a gwobr y Deyrnas. U,-iNodweddion y Deddfau. Dengys urist fod yn rli^id i gyiimvuder neu fuchedd deiliaid y D'eyrnas fod yn helaetha,ch na-g eid^o yr Ysgrifenyddion a'r Phariseaid, ac felly yn y cyferbyniad ceir gplwg ar Nodweddion y Deddfau. (a) Rhai Cadarnhaol ac Ymarferol ydynt: Nacaol oedd cyfiawnder y Phariseaid. Peidio gwneuthur drwg i bobl ereill—dyma eithafnod eu Moesoldeb. Ond hawlia'r Deddfau yma i ni wneuthur da—gwneuthur barn; cadw'r gorchymynion, &c. (b) Rhai Mewnol ydynt: Arwynebol ac allanol oedd Cyfiawnder y Phariseaid, &c. Yr oeddynt yn anhraethadwy ddefosiynol. Dalient ar ffurfiau ac allanolion, a rliaid oedd iddynt gael chwanegu at y seremoniau. Ond dyma ddeddf au yn ymwneyd a'r mewnol—ar galon ac ar gydwybod. (c) Rhai Ysbrydol ydynt: Ac Ysbrydol am eu bod yn ymwneyd nid yn gymait a;g ymddangosiadau dyn, ond ysbryd mae'r deddfau yma i fod yn nghalon y dyn. Dyma drefn Duw i lywodraethu'r byd. Gesyd Ei ddeddfau yn y gwahanol wrth- ddrychau—yn y planedau, yn y coedydd, yn yr anifeiliaid, &c. Felly y mae Duw drwy yr Efengyl yn I gwneyd eto-dodi y Gyfraith yn y meddwl a'i hysgrifenu ar y galon. (dd) Rhai Manwl ydynt: Bglurir hyn gan yr Athraw Mawr yn yr adranau sytld yn dilyn. Dengys y modd y mae Duw yn bariiu'r cymhellion, ac ystad ysbryd dyn—nid v weithred, ond yr ysbryd roddodd fod iddi. Y mae Efe yn pwyso yr ysbryd- oedd." Gydag Ef y mae dig ac ysbryd dial yn llofruddiaeth. Y mae'r fath both a phechod -yn y gaJon nad yw erioed wedi ymgorffori yn weithred. Felly deddfau ydyw y rhai'n yn ymwneyd a chaion. a meddwl, ac ag ysbryd dyn, ac a Duw. (I'w barhau.)
Ecclesiastical News. The London Gazette contains an Order1 in Council, which states that the King approves the scheme of the Ecclesias- tical Commissioners as to the assignment of a district chapelry to the consecrated Church of St. Thomas, situated at Clydach Vale, in the new parish (sometime district chapelry) of St. Andrew, Llwynypia, in the County of Glamorgan, and in the Diocese of Llandaff.
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Mardy. A grand eisteddfod took place on Christmas Day at the Workmen's Hall in connection with Siloa, (w.e.) Church. The adjudicator for music and literature was Mr. M. 0. Jones, Treherbert; president, Dr. S. Glanville Morris, M.D.; coiiduc- i tor, Rev. J. Hope Evans; accompanist, Mr. Joseph Griffiths. The following awards were made at the afternoon meet- ing --To boys under 12 years of age who sang best Cenadon Bach y'm ni (13 competitors): 1st, Johnny Ivor .Evans; 2nd, T. J. Michael, Mardy. To girls under 14 years of age who sang best Hymn 110 from the Congregational Hymn boo-l(, (7 competitors): 1st, Sarah Ann Harris; 2nd, Mary Maud Harris (two sisters): To girls under 16 years of age who, sang best '• O'r Niwl i'r Net": 1st, Jane Thomas; 2nd, Tegwen Connelly. For the best violin solo (8 competitors): Mr. Bertie Phillips, Mardy. To girls under 12 years of age who sang best Pererin Ieuanc (13 competitors): 1st, Miss Beatrice Howells 2nd, Miss M. E. Davies. Recitation for boys under 14 years of age Hymn 669 from the Con- gregational Hymnal (3 competitors) 1st, T. J. Michael; 2nd, Wm. W. Jones. Girls' choirs; Adeste Fideles 1st, The Hope of Mardy (conductor, Mr. VV. D. Evans); 2nd, Skylarks (con- ductor, Mr. Tommy Thomas). For the best letter from a young lady or gentle- man to a mother: "Deborah," who did not appear. For the best three verses on The ^Atonement (7 compositions): Prize divided between Mr. Thos. Jones1, Mardy, and Mr. Samuel Thomas, Fern dale. k or boys under 16 years of age who sang best Pa wlad sydd fel Cymru Lan (9 competitors): 1st. Master Wm. Henry Thomas; 2nd, Master Johnny J. Evans. Male voice choirs not over 16 years of age, Casabianca One choir competed, namely, The Mardy Starlings (con- ducted by Mr. W. D. Evans), to whom the adjudicator awarded the prize. The evening meeting was presided over by Mr. Thomas, Weston-super-Mare. The awards were as follow: —Quartet, Duw a'n Gwnaeth Mr. Thomas Richards and friends. Chief choral, "Dyddiau dyn sydd fel gla-swelltyn Siloa Choir (con- ducted by Mr. Rees Richards). Tenor solo, Y Llong a'r Goleudy (4 competi- tors): 1st, Mr. Thos. D. Lewis, Mardy .2nd, Mr. B. T. Davies, Ferndale. Essay, The uistory of Siloa Church from the commencement, 1878, to August, 1907 (2 compositions): Mr. Thomas Rhys Lewis. Soprano solo, "Lili Wen": Miss A. J. Lewis Ferndale. Best composition for children's choirs (2- compositions) Divided between Mr. Rd. James Davies, Mardv. and Mr. James Davies, Pei-iti-e. Peniliion solo, North Wales style (4 com- petitors): 1st, Master Tommy Thomas; 2nd, Master James Miles. Ladies' chief choral, LlwYll On Siloa Ladies' Choir (conducted by Miss Blodwen Evans). Recitation O Haul, aros" (4 competitors) Mr. Thomas Jones. For the best stanzas to the Welsh Church Commission Mr. John Seilio, Richards. Bass solo, Merch v Cadben (5 competi- tors) 1st, Mr. E. J. Humphreys, Mardy; 2nd, Mr. D. W. Davies, Tylorstown. The eisteddfod proved a great success in every respect. The secretary, Mr. Llewellyn Williams, is to be highly complimented for the excellent manner in which he dis- charged his duties.
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