Castle Cricket Club Concert

April 1880

Mexborough and Swinton Times, April 2.

Castle Cricket Club Concert.

A very successful concert was given at Conisborough, on the evening of Easter Monday, in aid of the funds of the “Castle” Cricket Club.

The Board school had been secured for the occasion, and by the time for commencing, the spacious room was occupied by a numerous audience, amongst whom we notice many of the leading gentry and inhabitants of the village and the surrounding district.

The performers commence with Mozart´s overture to the “Nozze de Figaro”, arranged as a duet for violin and piano 40, which, in the hands of Messrs Clarkson and Shaw received a very able rendering, and that its conclusion received a well merited tribute of applause.

A glee, “The mighty conqueror of hearts,” by Webbe, followed the parts being sustained by Messrs Brammer, Kilham, Holmes and Shields, which, judging from the plaudits at its close, met with the hearty appreciation of the audience.

Miss Liddle, Sheffield, one of the best of our local sopranos, then gave Sullivan’s song, “Looking back,” in a style which at once won for her the favourite opinion of the audience.

Mr Holmes followed with the song, “Maid of Athens,” of which he gave a very successful rendering. Mr Colley, then gave the song, “Twickenham Ferry,” for which, on gaining a well merited oncore, he substituted a hunting song, by the late Whyte Melville, entitled “Drink, puppy, drink!” which was received with great applause.

A pianoforte duet, “Mattei´s Grande Valse,” by Mrs Greaves and Mr Millman, came next, and was performed with great spirit and brilliancy of execution.

Miss Liddle then sang, Balfe´s song, “Killarney,” with much refinement of style, being rewarded with a well-deserved encore. Mr Lawton gave, with considerable taste and vigour, the song, “Give me the man of harness heart,” being followed by Mr Kilham, with a humorous song, “Blow the candle out.”

Debbe´s glee, “Come live with me and be my love,” by Messrs Brammer, Kilham, Holmes and Shields, brought to a conclusion the first part of the programme.

The second part open with Rossini’s overture to “L´Italini in Algieri” played in capital style as a duet for violin and pianoforte by Messes Shaw and Clarkson, which was followed by Paxton’s glee, “How sweet, our fresh this vernal day,” rendered with considerable taste and precision by the four vocalists above named.

Mr Lawton came next with a song, “Four jolly Smith’s,” of which he gave a very spirited rendering. He was succeeded by Miss Liddle, who sang, “Beautiful summer,” in a style which elicited enthusiastic applause, and in response to a recall she gave, “Come buy my silver herring,” after which Mr Shiels contributed the song, “In sheltered vale,”

This was followed by a duet by Mrs Holmes and Mr Brammer, “Chime again beautiful bells,” which was very sweetly rendered. The song, “a warrior bold,” by Mr Colley was much favoured , being encored.

Miss Liddle succeeded with “Molloy´s song, “Darby and Joan,” for which, in response to an encore, she substituted “Barney O´ffea.”

Mr Holmes, then gave a comic song, “I really can’t keep still,” and also joined Mr Kilham in a humorous duet, “Supposing I was you,” both of which caused much amusement to the audience. Mr Kilham on his part responding to an encore by singing “Such a wonderful scholar,”

Bishop´s glee, “Come o´er the Brook Bessie,” by the four vocalists before named, followed by the national anthem, brought the performance to a close.

The duties of accompanists were ably fulfilled throughout by Mrs Holmes and Mr Clarkson.

We may, in conclusion, heartily congratulate the Castle Cricket Club on having provided and eminently enjoyable evening entertainment, and take leave to express the whole, that their funds may receive a substantial augmentation from the proceeds of the undertaking.

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