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TO THE EDITOK. Sic, —Being on a short visit to Ashburton, and happening to stroll past St. Stephen's Schoolroom, I was attracted by the sound of a piano and voices singing. Presenting myself at the door and enquiring "How much to go m?" I wa« informed by a gentleman m charge "only one. shilling." This modest sum I readily paid. lat once saw on the platform a goodly number of ladies and gentlemen whom, I afterwards learned, compose the active members of the Ashburton Choral Society. Having for many years been a member of the Dunedin Choral Society, and also having just gone through the arduous labors of the Exhibition Choir, I was delighted to have the opportunity of listening to choral music no nicely rendered. "Good Night Beloved " was the first piece I heard (being late), and I think it reflected great credit upon conductor and choir—perhaps a little more light and shade would have been an improvement; there was too much, fortt all through. The " Carnival " was taken m grand style, the parts being promptly attacked, and the general effect good. The Trio, "The Winds Whistle £old," was a fine rendering of a pleasing air, —the accompaniment being rather too loud was the only drawback. The lady •who.*ang " Dear Heart " acquitted herself very well, having a sympathetic and pleasing mice, and. a little more animation •would have been an improvement. The gentleman who .sang "My Queen " gave a pleasing interpretation, but lacked enthusiasm at the finale. '' Tom Bowling " was nicely sung. The only piano note I had the pleasure of hearing was capitally rendered by a young gentleman — the gentle air " Ye Banks and Braes " being ■well sustained, amid highly florid and rather loud variations. Altogether my impressions were decidedly m favor of the efforts of the local musicians. being a success, and the cultured music-loving public of Ashburton will do well to heartily support by subscription and attendance the work of the Society. The conductor has some good voices m the ciioir, and I should counsel the memJxsrs fa jjeartily work m harmony and not Jet small flutters interfere with the general welfare. Wishing the Ashburton Choral Society every success.—l am, etc., A Membee of-tjw N.Z. Exhibition CHOIfr,

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THE CHORAL SOCIETY'S CONCERT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2491, 14 August 1890

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THE CHORAL SOCIETY'S CONCERT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2491, 14 August 1890