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A public rehearsal cf the Exhibition Choir was held in the Garrison Hall last evening with a view of obtaining a better idea of tho progress its members are making than has been obtainable in their ordinary practice hall at St. Matthew’s Church. About 400 members mustered, and considering the difficulties under which they labored, they did some excellent workwork that gives great premise of what their capabilities will bo when located in their proper quarters at tho Exhibition and with a powerful organ to support them. Last evening they were hampered by the bad acoustic properties of tho hall, by tho practical impossibility of more than a section of them being able to keep their conductor in view, and by the fact that the only instrumental accompaniment was that of a pianoforte, at which instrument it may, however, be mentioned that Mr Vallis, organist of tho Congregational Church, presided with as satisfactory results as could possibly be obtained. Mr A. J. Towsey gave his choir a considerable amount of work from the oratorios ‘ The Creation ’ and ‘Elijah.’ From the former work the principal selections were the choruses ‘ Awake the harp,’ ‘ Tho heavens are telling,’ ‘ Achieved is the glorious work,’ ‘Sing the Lord,’ and ‘Despairing, cursing rage’; while from ‘ Elijah ’ the leading pieces were ‘ Help, Lord,’ the two * Baal ’ choruses, * Bo not afraid,’ and ‘Then did Elijah. It would bo absurd to criticise what was purely rehearsal work, and wc shall therefore content ourselves with repeating that it was generally of a satisfactory nature, and that the choruses that went perhaps best of the series wero ‘ Sing tho Lord,’ ‘ Despairing, cursing rage,’ and ‘ Be not afraid.'

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THE EXHIBITION CHOIR., Issue 7994, 24 August 1889

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THE EXHIBITION CHOIR. Issue 7994, 24 August 1889

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