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ENTERTAINMENTS., Issue 7988, 17 August 1889
The third annual concert by Sir Schacht's violin pupils wbh given last night in the City Hall before a very large audience—indeed, tho floor of the building was closely packed to the furthe-.t corner before the performance commenced, and scores of thoto invited cou'd not got inside the doors, while many went away at half-timo, glad to escape from the squeezing to which ihey had been subjected. Mr bchacht must havo made a serious miscalculation as to the capacity of tho hall. The first item on the programme was a pianoforte duet by Messrs 13arth and Schacht, who gave a most enjoyable rendering of a selection from ' Den Juan.' The playing of the pupiis was generally well received. No on.-- but Mr Schacht himself is in a position to form a comparative estimate of the ability of tho boys and girls under his charge, for ha alone knows tho length of time each one has been at the work and the opportunities they have had for practico ; but it was abundantly evident to the listoncrs that the pupils aro being trained on a sound method, and, making allowance for nen-ousmes inducid by varying degrees of what we understand as stage fright, the little psople acqu'tted themsolves remarkably well, In every cate there was the ovidenco of some m<auro of success in the study of the instrument. Speaking only of the firat part, tho audience seomed ti be most pleased with tho performances of Master Cecil Williams, who scored by reason of hi.-) keeping in tune throughout hia selection; cf Maiter Willie Ainger, whose perfect composure enabled him to display his abili'y to the best advantage ; of Miss L. Maunsell, a littlo lady who was heartily applauded for her rendering of a timple but tuneful gavotte; and of Miss Bertha McndelEobn, to wlnm was entrusted a somewhat showy concerto, which she interpreted with ease and some approach to finioh, her style betraying close and lengthened study both of tho instrument and of the piece selected- for this and most of tho other items were played from memory. The other soli.ists in the first part were Misses J. Barr and L. Anderson, and Masters A. Haynes and V. Robertshaw, while Masters Gill and CUud Williams ossistod Miss Mendelsohn in a moßt acceptable trio that preceded the interval. Tho young performers here grouped together lave no reason to be ashamed of their efforts. 1 hey are commencing well, and with time will doubtless catch up to those of their fellowpupils who havo been longer in training, f'igieeablo- diversity was given to the entertainment by the excollent singing of Mr T. A Hunter ('My queen') and Mr W. Densem ('Ora pro nobis'). Mr Densc-m was especially successful, and an encore was loudly demanded —a request that could not bB complied with owing to the length of tho programme. As to tht) second part of the ontertainment wo are not in a position to say anythi g, our reporter being ono of those who were g'.ad to escape at half-time. Tao pupils set down for selections were Misecb G. Dale, K. Mill.", M. M'Neil, K. Maunsell, V. Greig, and Masters G. Royse, Claud Williams, P. Taylor, and G. Gill. We may state on tho evidence of those who remained i hat these young people performed quite as well ai those engaged in the first part of tho programme. St. Andrew's Church was comfortably filled last evening when an owan recital and sacred cone it was given under the directorship of Mr J, M. Lomas, organist of tho church. The proceeds wero in aid of the organ fund, and the result should bo that a substantial sum will bo realised. The programme presented was nn attractive one, and proved very enjoyable, the various items being listened to with interest. The church choir sang the anthem 'Whas are thvse?' and the well-known 'Gloria' chorus from Mozart's ' Twelfth Mass' in an acceptable mauuer, although a little hesitation wi? occasionally manifested by the sopranos in taking up their parts. There wero three organ solos set down—an offertoire in Fby Mr JM. Lomas, •Fanfare' and the ' Schiller March ' by Mr J. Timson, and the ' Jupiter Symphony' and an offertoire in F by Mr Arthur Towsey—which proved most enjoyable instrumental items, the last - mentioned plajer'« contributions being loudly encored. ftlr Loinis's selection was excouted in a happy manner, the piece evidently having been carefully studied, and Sir J. Tim son's ' Schiller Maroh' was a skilfully played piece that was much enjoyed. Tho vocal portion of tho encortainment was also above the aversge, every solo being placed in capable hands. M'ss Christie wa3 again distinctly successful with her rendering of 'Nazareth,' and was loudly encored. Mrs F. Howorth sang ' Babylon' in a pleasing manner, while Miss Gioy was heard to advantage in Cowen's •Tears.' Mrs W. H. Reynolds also croateil a favorable impression by her pleasing rendition of 'Eternal Rest.' Mr B. B. Smith's solo, ' The Pilgrim,' was loudly applauded. Tho respective ness ' and ' Rest to tho weary,' of Messrs E. C. Reynolds and F. L. Jonea were well received items. The Rev. Kutherford Wadsiell occupied the chair, and thanked the performers, especially those not connected with the church, for tho remiy manner in which they had granted their services. Mr A. Towsey was particularly deserving of their thanss for giving his valuable servioes, as his time was fully occupied with professional and public duties,
ENTERTAINMENTS., Issue 7988, 17 August 1889
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