Manawatu Times, Volume X, Issue 1371, 12 December 1884, Page 2
When it was first suggested in our columns by a conespoudent that the Catholic choir Bbould repeat ya. Pidmerston the concert whicq had bceu given so successfully in Foxton. VVe expressed an opinion that such an enteitainmetit would be highly appre-* c : attd by the public. We were, therefore, not surprised to find a ve>y large audience is- mole in the Foresters' Hall lust evening, and it was noticeable t>>at all denominations were well reF>resented, ihe entertainment went without a hitch from start to finish, and left little to be desired from a musical point of view. The instrum ntal parts W6 rendered in a manner far above the average, the piano duefc »>y Mrs lolfc and Miss Flood being especially we'l played, while the clarionet and haiiin.iiium duets, by Miss Fltod. and Mr Newcombe, were thoroughly appreciated. In this conne sii<m a -word of praise is due to Mr Newcombe, not alone for his proficiency as a claiionet player, but a 1 so for the fact that he has been a regular attendant at rehearsals, though residing at considerable dieance from town, and with a bad road to travel over. Of the selections given by the choir the Kyiie from Mozart's Twelfth I fSB wai decidedly the best ; in the others the trebles were a little too strong, and the male voier-3 too weak. The bass solo by "Mr Harbott, who r'so acted as conductor, wag well sung, and Mr Healy s tenor solo was a'so higkly successful. The glee, " Carno* vale," in the second Dart, went vrith vivacity. The solo whici followed was redemanded, Mr 8 ight scoring a success in what we are informed was his first app"trance. "'Kathleen Jk'avonrneenZ' wasjsweeUy sang, and ttvi remark will also apply'' > the rendering of cc Dream Faces." In his recitation of " ShtmußO'Brien" Mr Stratford, c.s usual, carried his audience with, him, and at ike close was loudly applauded. Mr He.Oy's solo, ."KiHarney," was a pronounced sue 2, and well deserved an en- re. Mr Her'y ia fortunate in pocsessing a- mellow tenor voice of considerable ran;, and well unfer command, aid he also siogs wit' i expi sion. Miss Moeller's song, which followed, was the gem of tbe evening, and was rapturously encored. " Goidei Love," by Mrs Holt, could not have been rendered b tter,acd Mr Hsrbott's "Silver Bhine f was a fitting t <-minat ; on to an excellent concert. The entertainment concluded with " Grbd sve the Queen," which, conlcary to the usual practice, wn sung from bejinning to end. Time and Bpa"2 do not permit us ■' attempt to do more than briefly allude ■■&>" the various items on ie programme. We met not neglect to mention that the orchestia was compos--:.! of the clarionet and harmonium. Mi' Flood presiding a' the latter and Mr Newcombe displaying his skill on tbe foimsr. The pianoforte rccooj* paniments to the solos were played by Mfe Holt and Miss Floor 1 . Before the cur^ifrll tli9 Rev Fat'ier McManrs, in a fewwell-chosen words, returned thanks on behalf of the choir to fcb.o >,- who had come from a considerable distance to asist, and, on lohalf of tbe CathoHc body, he thanked all the audience. He a!so drew attention x N the fact that a large number of those present were non^Cathol'.cs and he thanked them for the aid given 1- 3th in the past and on the pr's»nt occr.-ion. The following is the progremme as given : — Paet L Grand Selection from •• Trovatore," — Clarionet and Harmon "um Mozart's Twelfth Mass — " Kyrie/ J — Choir Bass Solo and Chorus — " Inclina ad me,"— Choir Selections from Farmer's Mass in B Flat— Choir Solo—" In the Hour of Trial,"— Mr Healy Farmer's Mass in B Flat—" Gloria,"— Choir Selections from Winter's and Farmer" Masses— " Agnus Dei," "Dona tfobis,"—Choir Paet 11. Grand selection from "Der Freischutz" Miss Mood and Mr Newcomba Glee— «« Carnovale " Choir Solo — *• Give Me a Grip of four Hand," Mr Speight Solo — "Kathleen Mavoumeen," Miss TCewcombe Hesitation — " Shamus O'Brien," My Stratfcrd Solo— "KiUarnfty" Mr Healy Solo — She Wander© I down the Mountain si ie" — Miss Moeller Daet (piano) — '' Heavenward," Mm Holt and Miss Flood Solo—" Dream Faces," ... Mrs Murphy Duet—" The Exile's Home," Misses Flood and Hanlon Solo—" Golden Love," ... Mrs Holt Solo—" Si Iver Rhine," ... Mr Harbott God Save the Queen. .