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The coAcert at Wakanui on Friday last, in aid of the Queenslaud relief fund, was one of the most successful ever given ia the Main School. The arrangements were made by a Committee of energetic, warm heaited young men, headed by Mr R. Pitt, who took the matter in hand and did not allow the grass to grew ab their heels in getting through with the work attached to it. They obtained the school rent free, and secured th« aid of the School Committee as well. They interviewed the manager of the Ashburtoi' Publishing Company, and got the printing and advertising free. They asked several Ashburton musicians to lend a hand, and had only to ask to secure the assistance wanted. They found out the soft parts of the hearts of Messrs Joshua Tucker and Joseph Canning, and those gentlemen provided for the convey ance of the Ashburton musicians a pair of horses and covered express. The ladies of the' Wakanui Good Templar Lodge provided refreshments for the visitors, and also found lighting for the schoolroom. Mr H. M. Jones, of Ashburton, lent a piano—in fact, everything in connection wi}h the concert was without cost, so that the whole proceeds—£9 10s —go to the fund. The school was filled, and Mr James Brown was chairman, and in a few introductory remarks opened the business. The programme comprised readings and recitations by Master H. Brown and Misses Cicely Leddy and Nellie Brown, and these were given with a force of expression that would have been creditable to much older elocutionists ; a quartet by the Misses H. and E. Oochrane, L. Trevuza and M. Wilson ; duets by Misses Treyurssv and Treaize, and the Misses Alcorn j songs by Miss A. Dalton, Miss E. Alcorn, Miss X Orr, Miss A. Orr ; and Messrs L. Broad, L. Buchanan, and J. B. »Kuk. Recitations *ers also given by Mr Speight, and Mr A. Buchanan, and Mr Broad ; and Mr Bateman's violin solo and Miss Jfc. Orr s piano overture were very welcome features of the programme. The accompaniments were played by Miss E. Orr, Miss Mary Alcorn, and Mr H. Stephenson. Hearty votes of thanks were passed to the Committee for use of school ; to Mr H. M. Jones fur lending the piano ; to the performers from Ashburton, and all who contributed to jbhe s.uccess'of'th« concert ; and to tlie proprietors of the "Ashburton Mail " f°r advertising and printing tickets free of cost. The concert closed with the National Anthem.

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WAKANUI CONCERT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2924, 16 March 1893

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WAKANUI CONCERT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2924, 16 March 1893