On Tuesday evening, Mr. E. J. Wareham, organist of the parish church, gave the first concert of this newly-organised Society, under his conductership, which proved in every respect successful.
The Lecture Hall was crowded, almost the whole space being taken up by reserved ticketholders, the audience including the Hon. Misses Thellusson, daughters of Lord Rendlesham, and most of the leading families of the neighbourhood. The platform was decorated with flowers and foliage plants, and devices of flags were arranged round the hall.
The band was admirably supplemented by members of the Royal Artillery Band from Ipswich, with Mr. Geo. Smith, the bandmaster, contrabasso, with whom was Mr. Parker, Ipswich, with the same instrument.
Hill's "March in G," was well rendered, followed by Hatton's part song, "Softly falls", by the members of the Choral Society, who went through their parts with skill and precision.
Mr. Wareham followed with, a pianoforte solo from Beethoven, allegro, adagio, and allegro, which was played with great precision of execution and good expression, and evinced a thorough study of the great and difficult master, which must ultimately lead to something even more meritorious.
Miss Julia Jones sang Weber's "Softly sighs the breath of even," very smoothly, but a little more attention to articulation and enunciation would make her a much more refined and "telling" singer.
Mr. Price's violoncello solo, "The Reverie" of Dunkler, was given with great taste and skill, Mr. Wareham accompanying in excellent and quiet style.
Mr. G. King Smith sang Pinsuti's "Ferryman," and then came the "gem of the evening," the fine violin solo by our old friend Mr. T. R. Francis, who played in his best style Alard's "Musette de Portici," with exquisite skill, both in bowing and tone-producing, his alternate harmonics and full-bowed notes being managed with the greatest dexterity and taste, and was vociferously encored.
Miss Jones was encored in Marzials' song of "The Miller and the Maid." Mr. G. King Smith and Mr. A. Gall were much applauded in the rendering of Gabussi's vocal duet, "The Fisherman."
Hatton's part song, "The Red, Red Rose," by the Choral Society, which was well and carefully sung, concluded the first part.
The second part was entirely occupied by Van Bree's cantata, "St. Cecilia's Day," which was fairly well rendered throughout, but the orchestra was scarcely up to the mark. In number 10, "Fragrant Odours," there was a vast improvement, the wind quintette of two clarionets, two horns, and bassoon telling with admirable effect.
Miss Jones sang her solo parts with good effect and facility of execution, and the chorus was kept firmly together by Mr. Wareham, who conducted in a very quiet but decisive manner.
The band and chorus numbered nearly 80 performers, the bulk of whom were local amateurs. The band consisted of three first and five second violins, three violas, two violoncellos, two contra bassi, three flutes, two clarionets, one bassoon, two horns, two cornets, pianoforte, American organ, and drums.
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