At a meeting of the Music Committee held last evening a plan of the proposed concert hall was submitted by Mr James Hislop, and after having been thoroughly discussed, it was resolved to adopt the architect's suggestions, which will afford sitting accommodation for 1,300 people in the auditorium, with a stage for orchestral music, together with sitting room for 400 members of the choir. In order that every body in the auditorium may have a full view of the stage, as well as to insure thorough acoustic properties, the floor of the hall is to be constructed with a rise of one foot in fifteen, with three distinct rows of settees, having besides the gangways on either side, two avenues in the centre, and the seats to be placed in a wide semi-circular position, being the reverse of that of the choir sittings, thus concentrating the _ sound towards the auditorium. At the instigation of the Music Committee, roomy and commodious cloak rooms, lavatories music library, etc., etc., will be provided at the rear of the stage. It is the desire of this Committee that the tenders for the concert hall be called in as soon as possible. Arrangements are also pending for an organ, and the engagement of noted artists to sing or play during the period of tbe Exhibition. An alphabetical list of the choir is being prepared, to be inserted in the catalogue. Silk sashes and badges have been indented from England. These will in due time be presented to the members of the choir. All the music required for the various oratorios, as well as orchestral concerts, etc., has als» been ordered from London. The musicstands are being made to order by & local firm, who have submitted a very chaste and arcistic pattern at a price which contrasts most favorably with the price of imported ones.
We note in the 'Palmerston and Wa i kouaiti Times' of yesterday that the following committees have been appointed to carry out an effective representation of the district—viz. : The County Chairman, His Worship the Mayor, Messrs Ewing, Arkle, Glover, Mnir, P. M'Leod, D. M'Leod, C. S. Hay, W. H. Williams, A. M'lntosb, J. K. Robinson, A. Gilmore, J. D. Ritchie, A. M'Laren, A. B. Kitchener, T. Roach, W. Robertson, T. 0. M'Kenzie, W. Chapman, R. N. Reid, C. M'Gregor, George Robb, W. Porteous, Thos. Dent, T. Hartstrong, and the Rev. James Clark. Ladies' Committee—Mesdames Ewing, Mackenzie, Reid, Murdoch, Arkle, Clark, M'Rae, M'Ritchie, Misses Arkle, Murdoch, Clark, PorteoM, and Lowly.
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EXHIBITION NOTES., Evening Star, Issue 7934, 15 June 1889
EXHIBITION NOTES. Evening Star, Issue 7934, 15 June 1889
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