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Some time back Mr Harry Smith, assisted by others, undertook to arrange a benefit concert for Mr E. Hill, a painter who has been incapacitated from work for some considerable time. Mr Smith has since then been working vigorously, but quietly, to ensure a good attendance and a first-class concert, and it must be admitted that in this he haß been signally successful, for the entertaioment at the City Hall last evening proved one of the best ever given in Dunedin, while the attendance was in every way commensurate with the quality of the programme presented. The unfavorable weather that last night prevailed must necessarily have prevented a number of ticketholders from venturing out, and this proved a lucky circumstance, for the hall was incapable of holding comfortably any more than attended. The Ordnance Band gave their services, and played several selections outside the hall. The programme was a diversified and somewhat lengthy one, and the audience were requested to refrain from insisting on en cores, which they did in every instance but three. Mrs Murphy, Miss Wooldridge, Messrs Smith and Densem sang quartettes from 'Dorothy' and 'The Bohemian Girl,' but the piquant style in which the former selection was rendered caused it to be the most appreciated. Messrs Umbers, Smith, Densem, Hunter, and Jago sang ' Evening,' aD(I the first four named Kiioken'a ' Rhine' in an acceptable manner, the voices blending very nicely, and the parts being taken up in capital sty} 3. Mr Hairy Smith's ' Queen of the Earth' greatly pleased the audience, while he and Mr Densem were loudly applauded for a duet ' The Chamois Hunters.' 'The Laßt Watch' was sung very fairly by Mr T. Hunter, but it lacked expression and feeling. Mr W. Young's bass was heard to advantage in Ljjhr's ' Out on the Deep,' and he narrowly escaped an encore. Mr. Young possesses the knack of selecting songs which suit his voice, and were Mr C. Umbers to take a leaf out of his book bis selections would be more appreciated. As it was, however, he sang ' Qui vive ' without expression. Mr Carrick Martin, although pleasing, has been heard to greater advantage than he was last evening; but he received due recognition for his rendering of a pretty serenade. Mr J. Jago received an enthusiastic encore for his rendering of 'The message from the king,' and repeated the last verse; and, with Mr C. Umbers, was recalled for the duet' Qui vive,' the performers simply bowing their acknowledgments. The stirring song 'To arms,' sung faultlessly by Mr Densem, was similarly received, the performer creating considerable merriment with ' Tit willow,' which he sung as an encore. Mr Blenkinsopp's absence was apologised for, and Mr Young filled up the gap satisfactorily by a couple of humorous recitations. Miss Wooldridge gave a sympathetic rendering of ' Sweet and low' (cradle song); but Mrs Henry Rose was hardly at her best in ' Where is Heaven ?' Mrs Murphy's 'Who's at my window?' was perfect in vocalisation ; and Mrs Angus scored a success in Linley's ' Kate O'Shane,' which was sung sweetly and correctly. Mr J. Timson played pianoforte selections from Mendelssohn's works, bis execution being first-class; while Mr A. Towsey also played piano solos in finished style. The two last-mentioned, assisted by Mr A. J. Barth, acted as accompanists. During the evening the president (Mr Knowles) of the Painters' Union, on behalf of the bmeficiare, thanked Mr Harry Smith and the other performers for their services, and the audience for their patronage, and said that the money raised (which amounts to a good figure) would be zealously guarded and carefully spent.

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BENEFIT CONCERT., Evening Star, Issue 8004, 5 September 1889

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BENEFIT CONCERT. Evening Star, Issue 8004, 5 September 1889