Mexborough and Swinton Times December 11, 1885
The Conisborough United Brass Band and held their second annual entertainment on Monday night in the board schools, Conisborough.
The school was crowded in every part, the audience seeming very much pleased with the programme which had been provided for them.
The band the programme with a well rendered selection entitled “Lyric garland,”
Messrs Wilde and Beardsley follow with a duet on the violin and piano with their accustomed good taste.
The “Powder monkey,” by Mr Elliott, and a duet by Mr and Mrs Marie were next well some, but special prayers must be awarded to Mr Watson for the admirable and characteristic way in which he rendered an Irish song entitled “Going to the wedding.”
Mr Dawson in the cornet solo which came next, quite Excel the tasteful way in which he dealt with the solo, being quite a treat for the audience.
The Misses Elsom next gave a duet, and after the song entitled “The old brigade” by Mr Elliott, the band brought the first part to a close by the rendering of a Fantasia, entitled “Pride of Ireland.”
After the interval the band open the second part of the programme with the tasteful rendering of one of their favourite selections, entitled “Rose d’amour,” but the rendering of “Juliet Bell” by Mr Wilde’s minstrels quite brought down the house.
With the exception of Mr Wilde, these minstrels are composed of Conisborough youths, their names being: master Horace Marshall (violin), who took the part of Pompey; Master John Beardsley (bones) who has on frequent occasions distinguished himself in the manipulation of knickknacks, and master Sammy Briggs, the well-known dancer.
Next on the programme was a song entitled “Old Sexton,” by Mr Stacey, followed by an amusing duet by Mr and Mrs Marie, Mr Watson coming next with a song entitled “Bold policeman,” for which again he was deservedly encored.
After Mr Elson had tastefully sung “Robin Adair,” the minstrels gave “Black eyed Susan” in good style, a valse following, entitled “Cordelia,” in which the band displayed considerable ability for one so recently formed.
It was however, in the next, the “Galloping donkey,” that Mr Watson was seen to the best advantage, in which, clothed in the skin of a donkey, he caused much amusement by limitations of the real donkeys and take, and this close resemblance therefore caused more amusement even than “Salty” on the election day.
The minstrels brought the program to a close executed dance, the performance of which gave evidence of considerable skill and practice. After the singing of the national anthem the audience broke up highly delighted with the evening’s entertainment.