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CHRISTIAN BROTHERS' CONCERT

One of the chief features of the annual concert in connection with the Christian Brothers' School which was held last evening, was the appearance of the school choir, under Mr J Campbell Giilios, the lads, who numbered close on 50 at full strength, succeeding in making a swift passage into public favor with their opening item. In previous years the boys' choir have done admittedly good work, but iast night they readied a new and higher standard of merit, the reason of which was not difficult to determine, for tneir contributions bore ainp*a evidence of training at the hands oi one who is admittedly * maet<j oi the art. Perhaps the gem of a realiy fine offering was tne two-part chorus ' Lullaby' (Roockel), in which .Masters M. O'Connor, B. Cu.laghan, J. Aircy, L J'ogarty, F. Yule, L. Salmon, and VV Creed aeiiievcd a success. ii\'en if their ; enduing of rL.j.dvl's • Come, liver Smiling Lioorty' did not quite reach a similar, point of nKrit, it must be remembered that this is a lather difficult chorus for boys, and all th.ngs considered they did fxn.ile:itjy. Of tho other items, both tv\o-part and chorus, it is only necessary to Mngk out icrr special mention The Minstrel Boy' (Moore) and ' Home, Hoys' (Wl.etier), boih of which wew rendered spiritedly, tht former with a son:e\\hat new itnvrpivtation. The final item—Klgar's ' Land of Hope and Glory ' — ttlncu lias naturally lud «rcaier popuinrity 6incv the outbreak of a war of .uitions, was z*im finely rendered, the finish being particularly effective. Speaking in gvneial terms, the choir may be said to have bi'en nicely balanced, and to Have exhibited gooJ tone, while their interpretation throughout was consistently gouj. In the choral work the lads were reinforced by a duzen cx-pupile, which had the {'licet of strengthening them in more ways than one, particularly as regaida tone. The big audionce who filled His Majesty's never hesitated to signal th.ir appreciation of then- contributions, and, as has boon already indicated, the choir, as a whole, and especially their director, have •jvwy rea.-on to be prouu of their performance The first pait of the programme was mainly composed of choral work, but there was nevertheless ample diversity. Recitations by A. I'aoey and J. tViilsh, a farce by the junior cla.fi, an Irish jig by C. M'KenEKs and a clever exhibition of dumb-bells and clubs were mo.st attractive. The second part was almost wholly occupied in the presentation of St. Loe Straehey's patriotic soena ' A .Masque of Empire,' which demonstrates c-tfectively the unity of the Biitish Lmpiro. Additional interest was created by th-a appearance of Sir Edward Grey (J. Clements) and Mr John Redmond (P. .M'Kefry), both of whom recited part of the dramatic utterances in the House of Commons on the eve of war. Our Allies were also represented, the best impersonation being that of the Kin>» of the Belgians by J. Fouhy. Finally Kitchener of Khartoum made his appearance, and the item concluded arnids-t a patriotic demonstration from the audience, the Kaikorai Band rendering the national anthems in fine stylo. The entertainment was finished by a capital exhibition of gymnastics. It would lie an incomplete notice wore mention not made of tho excellent work of Miss C. Hughes, who acted as accompanist, during I.lk' evening.

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CHRISTIAN BROTHERS' CONCERT, Evening Star, Issue 15676, 15 December 1914

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CHRISTIAN BROTHERS' CONCERT Evening Star, Issue 15676, 15 December 1914

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