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COLWYN BAY VOCALISTS COMPLIMENTED. EISTEDDFOD CHOIR CHARM AN IRISH CRITIC. About three col-umns of a recent issue of the "Cork Constitution" were d'evotod to a ver- batim report of mn add:"lOOS given in Cork by Mr James J. SoanJati, who was among the many Irish visitors to the üolwyn Bay National Eis- teddfod. Describing1 his journey to the Eisteddfod Pavilion, ho 6ays Huge crowds of people, gay burntjng, stroets spanned with triumphal a.rchos, and the sound off a strange tong'u-o on all tell me that. I am about to wiitn-s&s a wone'erful sight of a great effort to preserve a national lamguage and national music. All a. moving in the direction of the Pavilion, a wonderful building erected in eight wooks to acoommodafro 10,000 people. Th-civ are fully 10,003 people pre- sent. The first thing that struck me was tho arrival of the great choir of 250. No mere dis- play of fashion plates and dress suite. The ladies had adopted one lowly colour sdfocrno—aill dressed jn white with given sashes; the men were dressed in severe The orchestra takes its place, and then the figure of the famous conductor is qo-ai-Mr John Williams, conductor of tho famous Carnarvon choir, v'iuoli h;is beaten all choirs in open competition. Ke- member you arc one of cfoi sudieiKe of 10.0CO, The Welsh language is spoken all round you, and the music attacked is Handel's "Messiah." I never knew what enthusiasm in music meant until that wonderful evening, when a.t the stroke of till 2 hat on on the fast note of the "ITal'oluja.h Chorus" 10,000 people ross? to their feet and sang, and not aiono sang, but harmonised with perfect effect. Earlier that afternoon I was one of an audience of 10,000 who stood and sang with thrilling effect their national song, Land of my Fathers." Now every- tT j: i iabout tho Eisteddfod set me thinking. I had the pleasure of an interview with the enthusiastio conductor the following morning, when, after his arduous night's work lie was in the pink of condition, running the coming night's prolamine with the btiid Hlld chorus. It was eany in the morning, but there was no apathy; ail was enthusiasm. I knew from the stroke of the baton that i.n that have no drones were required; nor would they be tolerated. This dho'ir., which prco?nit?d the works of the great maslers, had br-on eighteen months rehearsing, and they have made such a splendid impression that it 13 proiiosed to make it a perm anient institution. "Away from the muisic," I asked Mr Wil- liams, "what is the personnel of the choir?" "Anyone from the pitman to the professional man." "And the ladies? Are they ladies with lc:s,.ire tiuie or c n g a ged in b-lsin?" "Anyone from a lady's ma;J to the wife of the professional man. All they are asked i3 to submit to a fair vocal test." I put this important question to Mr Wil- liams: "Am I correct in assuming that vrhsa vcu have got the raw material in hand you make the biggest works?" "Yca you are quite correct. W: make for the greater works." Now (proceeds Mr Scanlan), in the presence of THIS WONDERFUL CHOIR, and with knowledge given me by the conductor, I studied this amazing festival, and the thought always came back—t.nis colossal work is done by working men after the day's work, and a day of sweat and grime- The sliiia temptations to drink, the billiard table, the paltry songs of the musical play and the music hall; yet eighteen inont'hs are given up to laborious work in master- ing such oratorios as the "Messiah." What is the solution of this problem in a land where the conditions of life are so iwueh harder than in Ireland? I t'hmk one answer is—children's choirs. In Wal,245 these children's choirs are a regular institution. The children whom I saw in September will in fiyoO years' time be render- ing the "Messiah" or Nudl great works." Mr Scanlan describes a, visit which he had previously paid to Feis. Three he found apathy and a dis.mal effort to reproduce the humour, w;t, pathos, or harmony of Ireland. A melan- choly audience, an empty hall; the few who were present and who talked right tlirough an organ solo. "Contrast this," he says, "with a pavilion erected: at a cost Of £ 500-0 to hold 10, OCtO people; picture these 10,000 on their feet singMiig in Welsh "Land of My i"alÍ12rs," and later in English Ilandod's "Hal- lelujah Chorus;" picture tne^o 10,000 people on the Saturday night in their exclusively Welsh programme when excitement was at burning I)Diiit--p all this and ask yourself why tilC *i*ff«rem.oo sitcaid be so great between two peoples only separated by tho distance Of two or three hours? Well, you must admit that there must bo huge grit and backbone in the men who, iftcr working like nig-giere all day turn round in the evening to sing an oratorio, and do not come, before the public, nor 'have the audacity to ask the public to pay to hear them un.t-,1 they can interpret, music perfectly. Make for the best i That's the answer."



----__-' MRS. WORKING- MAN!