THE CORRICK FAMILY.
Hie Uorrick family, consisting ot Professor and Madame Corrick and their six daughters and one son, who opened their Gisborne season in the Theatre Royal last evening before a large audience, are a talented company of musicians. Their orchestral selections were remarkably well produced, and drew from the audience very loud applause. The various members of the Company are all possessed of very fine voices, and in their part-songs and choruses they gave great satisfaction, whilst each of the individual items, whether an instru- j meijtol solo or a vocal item, earned; more than an average share of applause. Particularly fine was the singing of Miss Alice Corrick, who is indeed the star of the Company, being possessed of a magnificent soprano voice of rare power and brilliancy. The audience could not have enough of her music, and re- 1 called her again and again. The dancing of the children was good, and its beauty was enhanced by a powerful limelight being thrown upon, the stage. The limelight was also used for the display of the charming pictures which illustrated Pro- 1 fessor and Madame Corrick's songs, "The j Village Blacksmith" and "The Chilrden's! Home." Altogether the concert was of high merit, and though the programme was a popular one, it was refined andj absolutely free froJn vulgarity. The! overtures to each part of the programme were brilliantly performed by the or- ' chestra, consisting of Professor and Miss Ethel (violins), Miss Alice (viola), Miss Amy (flute), Miss Ruby (cornet), Master, Leonard (clarionet), Miss Corrick (piano). . In their first chorus, "Sleigh Bells," the Company were so successful that they t were recalled, and in response gave "Jingle Bells" with equally good effect. | Their humorous chorus, "De Lecture," which concluded tjM> programme, was novel and effective. Master Leonard Corrick is the humorist, of the family, and sang two comic songs, "Hooligan's Mule" and "First Time, Lost Time, the latter with j good success. His sister, Miss Ethel, | has also pretensions in. the some direc- | tion, affd the personal charm" and witchery that she threw into her songs established her a favorite. Her numbers were "Arrah go on," "In the Pale Moonlight;" and "Lulu." Madame Corrick's soDgs were Cowen's "The Better Land," and "The Children's Home," and ivith her talented daughter she sang "Sainted Mother," which was so charmingly rendered that the audience demanded an encore, "Life's Dream is o'er" being sweetly rendered in response.' Professor Corrick's good baritone voice was heard in "The Admiral's Broom" and "Village Blacksmith." Miss Ruby was responsible for the cornet solo "The Holy City," which, with full orchestral accompaniment, proved an) enjoyable item. Master Leonard gave v clarionet solo. Miss Ethel and Master Leonard danced a double union hornpipe, and were encored, and with their sisters Amy and Ruby gave ii Highland fling very creditably, again being recalled. Their most effective number was, however, an Irish jig, into which the quartette infused much life and merriment, and, needless, to say, brought down the house. A performance on the hand-bells by the Company proved highly enjoyable, and was encored. We have reserved the best to the ] last-. Miss Alice Corrick's singing was , undoubtedly* the most charming feature ] of the concert. She sang Ganz's beau- ; tiful "Dear Bird of Winter" in a delightful fashion, singing with good enun- . ciation and a perfect mastery over the j difficult music. As an encore item she : , gave "Within a Mile of Edinboro' Town," ' to the delight of her audience. In thej second part she earned a double encore. : ] Macfarren's "Beating of My Own Heart" , has not had a more beautiful rendering , here than it received at her hands and . the audience were roused to great en- , thusiasm by the rendition it received. Miss f Gorrick, in response to the recalls, sang , "Soldiers in the Park," a novel scheme of • vocalisation," and "Killarney." Her voice is one of the best sopranos we have heard in Gisborne, and we would recommend music-lovers who have not heard it to patronise the two remaining concerts. A change of programme is unnounced for this evening. i