Trinity Wesleyan Church was comfortably filled last evening when a vocal and instrumental concert was given, the pastor of the church (the Rev. W. Baumber) occupying the chair. The programme consisted of sacred items, there being an entire absence of secular selections, and on this score the concert suffered but little, the programme presented being an enjoyable and varied one. The church choir (conducted by Mr G. H. Marsden) is certainly a strong one, and their treatment (unaccompanied) of the anthems * Oh Lord, my God ' and ' What are the.se ?' showed that they had received careful tuition in matters of detail. The 'Gloria' chorus from Mozart's 'Twelfth Mass' was also an enjoyable item, and was, perhaps, the best of the three. A trio for violin, organ, and piano, by Mr Haigh, Miss Derbyshire, and Mr Faulkner respectively was well received; while the last - mentioned played Clark's ' Commemoration March' as an organ solo in an acceptable manner. The Dunedin Amateur Orchestral Society, under the conductorship of Mr D. Wishart, contributed the ' Invocation to St. Cecile,' and, notwithstanding that several small difficulties had to be contended with, an enjoyable interpretation of the favorite overture was given. The caprice 'Solitude' proved another acceptable selection, while there were doubtless many present who considered Chopin's ' March Funebre ' the best of the selections. The other instrumental contributions were a largo by Handel and Mendelssohn's 'Song without words.' The vocalists, three in number, added plea3ing variety to the programme, their selections being woll clioßen and excellently rendered. Miss Cooper did full justice to the song 'Calvary'; while Misa Christie's contribution, ' Ora pro nobis,' proved the most enjoyable item of the evening. The <-.fner solo was Gounod's ' Nazareth,' sung !,v \lr Marsden, and this also was not witinnt its good qualities. It is intended to repeat Mi! iwmcert. The concert in the Choral Hall last night in aid of the funds of St. Peter's, Cavcrsham, was in every way a success. There was an excellent attendance in the front seats, and the other parts of tho hall were moderately attended ; so that, as a large number of tickets had been sold privately, the funds of tho Ladies' Guild will be substantially benefited. The concert was opened with a selection by a band of half o. dozen instrumentalists, after whom came Mr F. L. Jones with ' Let me love thee,' and, being encored, ho replied with ' Tho Romany lass.' Mrs Henry Rose was the principal vocalist, her numbers being ' Shaking grass' and ' 'lis all that I can say,' both of which the audience were desirous of hearing repeated, but she contented herself with bowing her acknowledgments. She also took part with Mr H. B. Smith in Owen's ' Tis sweet in the shade,' in place of the duet set down in the programme. Mr Densem gave an admirable rendering of 'The lifeboat,' and, in answer to a vigorous encore, pleased his audience immensely with 'Tit willow' in inimitable style, and leaving in his hearers' mind a strong desite to see him in 'The Mikado' ere long. Mr Umbers sang ' Kstudiantina,' and being encored gave ' The glorious vintage of Champagne.' Mr H. B. Smith, who acted as substitute for Mr Young, was heard to advantage in ' The pilgrim,' and Mr Hunter gave 'My queen' acceptably. These gentlemen formed a quartet party, and gave four unaccompanied numbers in good style. Mr Schacht's violin solo was one of the most acceptable items of the concert, and Mr Cameron's comic ditties, though not in keeping with the rest of the programme, might have been better accompanied. Messrs Schweers, K. Towsey, and Kobertshaw were the accompanists.
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ENTERTAINMENTS., Evening Star, Issue 7974, 1 August 1889
ENTERTAINMENTS. Evening Star, Issue 7974, 1 August 1889
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