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The cantata ' Esther' was produced at the Presbyterian Church, Port Chalmers, yesterday before a very large audience, and proved a decided success. The choruses went well and smoothly, the organ accompaniment was very fairly played, while the connective readings incidental to the piece were ably read by the Rev. J. Ryley, the minister of the church. The cast of characters was allotted as follows:—Esther, Miss Grey ; Zeresh, Mrs Downes ; Mordecai, Mr 11.I 1 . Hunter; Haman, Mr Crawford; Ahasuerus, Mr J. Jago ; Hegai, Mr G. H. Smith. Miss M. Elder was organist, and Mr J. Cleghom conductor. Miss Grey won repeated applause for her vocalisation. Mrs Downes, who is always a favorite with a Port Chalmers audience, was repeatedly applauded. Mr J. Jago rendered his part with great taste, and greatly pleased the aucjiehce. Mr Crawford, who sang the part of Haman, was evidently suffering from a slight cold; but, despite this, he exhibited vocal powers of no mean order, Messrs Hunter a'nd Smith did well; and a more successful entertainment was never given at Port Chalmers. At the conclusion the Rev. J. Ryley thanked Mr Cleghorn, the friends from Dunedin, and the members of other congregations who had assisted, and moved a vote of thanks to them, which was carried by acclamation.

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PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH. PORT CHALMERS., Issue 8047, 25 October 1889

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