As was anticipated the concert given last night by the Knox Church singing classes proved a great success, the Garrison Hall being crammed to the doors. The proceeds were devoted to charitable purposes —this year in aid of the funds of the Y.W.C.A. and the W.C.T.U. Mr Braik, who conducted, had evidently spared neither time nor trouble in training the voices—to the number of 200—under his control, and that his efforts were well rewarded was proved by expressions of approval from the audience during the entertainment. The members of the Amateur Orchestral Society assisted, and played admirably throughout. The first item on the programme, ‘ A nicht wi’ Burns,’ by the orchestra, was much appreciated, the imitation of the bagpipes so rousing the feelings of the audience that an encore was demanded. The selection o£ the Edinburgh waltzes was also played in the second part of the programme. The part songs were splendidly rendered, and the enthusiasm of those present was raised to a high pitch by the performance of ‘ Wi’ a hundred pipers,’ in which an imitation of the bagpipes again played a prominent part. In ‘Scots wha hae wi’ - Wallace bled’ the orchestra again assisted. The part songs given by the choir alone were ‘ Kate Dalrymple,’ ‘ Oh, Nannie, wilt thou gang wi’ me,’ ‘Ae fond kiss,’ ‘Oh, why left I my hame,’ ‘The Skye boat song,’ and ‘ Heard ye the bagpipes,’ the
two former perhaps meeting with most favor. Miss Christie sang ‘The Scottish bluebells ’ in a very pleasing manner, and was recalled. 1 The rowan tree,’ by Miss: M’Queen, was well sung, though Jhe sic gey • hardly seemed to do herself justice. Mrs Todd was very successful in her rendering of ‘Dqon tjjb burn, Davie, lad’; and for thn ‘T|,outers of the forest’—sung with 'taste and expression Mias Grey was heartily applauded. Of the male soloists Mr Densem was not so effective as usual in his rendering of ‘The garb of old Gaul,’ but was enthusiastically recalled in the second part for his singing of ‘ The Standard on the Braes of Mar. Mr Brnik was also recalled for a humorous rendering of ‘ Hame cam’ oor gudeman.’ Mr Bracken recited very pathetically ‘Caoch, the piper,’ and Messrs R. Brown and S Park created roars of laughter in two intensely fUtthy readings—* The conk's errant.’ and * Hoo oor John socht me Fot his wife.’ A cornet solo by Mr E. Stratton, ‘ There’s nae luck aboot the hoose,’ was played and warmly applauded. Taken altogether tho concert was a great success, and Mr Braik and tho performers thoroughly deserved the thanks accorded to them by tho audience at the request of Dr Stuart. Wo may mention that Mr Umbers was through indisposition prevented from fulfilling his promise to sing.
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SCOTCH CONCERT., Evening Star, Issue 8024, 28 September 1889
SCOTCH CONCERT. Evening Star, Issue 8024, 28 September 1889
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