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The concert given at the Oddfellows' Hal 1 last evening, m aid of the funda of the Borough Brass Band, drew a moderately good, though by no means a crowded house. From a musioal as well as a financial point of view it was fairly euooessful, while to some of the vocal performances eßpeoially, muoh higher praise may be honestly given. The orchestral items were rendered m good time, but that from «• Zampa" was somewhat disappointing, wanting m volume and tbe violins being decidedly flat. That from " Masaniello "was m all respects a great improvement, the parts being better balanoed and the interpretation generally more spirited and effective. The oornet solos were creditably rendered, their only fault being that they were exceedingly brief. In respect to the vooal items the management are to be congratulated on having been able to seoure the services of so many of our best looal amateur performers whose contributions were deservedly highly appreciated. Mrs Peter Williams whose round pure soprano voice, we were pleased to have onoe more the opportunity of hearing led the way with the very pretty ballad-like song "When the Heart was Young," and Mrs Burfoot who kindly took the next vooal number (to fill a gap m the programme) 1 seonred a well-deserved encore for a very | pleasing rendering of M Ratio's letter." Mrs j Crisp, who always sings tastefully and | accurately, was also enooredfor "Oome to the Greenwood" m acknowledgment of whioh she gave a very perfeot and finished rendering of «« Pierrot." Mr Peter Williams, " The Silver Cup" hardly did justice to the qualities of his good full baritone voice, the capabilities of whioh were, however, subsequently very satisfactorily demonstrated by a capital rendering of " The Four Jolly Smiths," with orchestral accompaniment The gem of the concert was undoubtedly Misp Barrat's, " The Old Cathedral," (acoompani. ment first and seoond violin, piano, and double-bass) m whioh her rioh and powerful oontralto voioe was heard to great advantage. Mr and Mrs Flower's comic medley " Very Suspioious," very creditably given, was an appropriate change from grave to gay, and was enoored and so brought down the ourtain for the ÜBual interval. In the eeoond part Mr Flower gave very well indeed a somewhat difficult song, " The Nightingale's Trill," and was called upon to repeat, after whipb, with, the interposition of a oornet duet, oame' VTho Better Land," Miss Annie Gates with violin obligato by her sister Miss Ethel Gates, This was an exquisite performance, the rendering being perfect, and evokiog an entho* elastic encore. Mr H, Stevenson's " They all love Jack," a lively sea song, also redemanded, completed a l|st of vooal items of more than ordinary excellence. Altogether the programme was oarried through very successfully and at the close Mr A. Harrison, on behalf of the promoters of the concert, thanked the audience for their attendanoe, and expressed the ftope that the publip would soon have the opportunity of hearing the band again, with whioh hope we cordially oonour. A quickstep performed by the Band; and the National Anthem olosed what was, take it all round, a Buooessful opening ooncert.

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BOROUGH BAND CONCERT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2126, 4 May 1889

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BOROUGH BAND CONCERT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2126, 4 May 1889