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A large audience assembled at First Church on Thursday evening to hear an organ recital and sacred concert, the proceeds of Which were in aid of the Ladiea' Association connected with the church. Mr J. Timson (church organist) was mainly instrumental in bringing affairs to such a successful issue, although lie received valuable assistance from many lady members of the church, who worked assiduously in disposing of tickets. The result of their efforts will be that a substantial sum will doubtless be banded over to the Association. Mr Timson, upon whose shoulders the most onerous duties fell, played no less than nine solos, and in each showed that he possesses a thorough knowledge of, and complete control over, the instrument, some of the more intricate and trying compositions being executed remarkably well. This was particularly noticeable in 'The Lake' (a sketch), a fanfare in D, and an andante in E minor. The first-named is a quaint and pleasing composition, containing features which, were the piece placed in less capable hands, would be utterly lost on the audience. This, however, was not the case laßt evening, Mr Timßon's stopping and general execution showing that he did full justice to the requirements of the piece. The 'Hallelujah Chorus,' 'Schiller March,'and Batiste's 'Angelic voices,' possessing many attractive features, which loßt none of their beauty by Mr Timson's interpretation, were also highly appreciated selections. The remaining solos were Smart's ' Postludo' in D, a pastorale in G. and Viviani's' Silver trumpets march.' Mr Frank Kettle, a pupil of Mr Timson, played Batiste's offertoire in D minor, and gave evidence of having been carefully instructed in matters of detail, which made a noticeable difference in his execution of a somewhat difficult piece. Mr Carrick Martin was, unfortunately, unable to attend through indisposition, and tho soloists were thus reduced to four ladies. Mrs Henry Rose sang ' Oh, thouafflicted.'Jwhich proved the most enjoyable vocal item of the evening, and was highly appreciated. Mrs W. H. Reynolds gave a correct rendering of 'Eternal rest,' the solo being admirably suited to her voice, and, in place of Mr Martin's solo, sang 'Ruth' in a pleasing manner. Miss Grey's voice was heard to advantage in 'Jlest to the weary,' which was sung feelingly, while Miss Mollison contributed the solos 'I will siDg' (St. Paul) and 'Lord at all times' (Lauda Sion) in an acceptable manner. The Rev. J, Gibb, on behalf of the Association, at the conclusion of the concert thanked the performers for their services and the audience for attend ing<

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ORGAN RECITAL., Issue 8006, 7 September 1889, Supplement

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ORGAN RECITAL. Issue 8006, 7 September 1889, Supplement

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