Mexborough and Swinton Times April 7.
On Monday evening a concert for the benefit of the Cricket Club was held in the schoolroom.
Dr Sykes, presided, in the unavoidable absence of Mr J Warburton
An excellent programme was provided Mr Holdsworth, who ably conducted, and was gone through in a creditable manner.
Mr S Hobson acted as accompanist. The proceedings opened with a pianoforte and violin duet, entitled “Caliph of Baghdad,” by Messes Hobson brothers which was well rendered.
A glee which followed, “Springs delights,” was tastefully sung.
A pretty song, “Be brave,” was also ably rendered by Mr Ashton
“Larboard watch,” a duet by Messrs Sylvester and Sykes was efficiently given.
The appearance of Mr Colley was, as a matter of course, the signal for an outburst of applause, which was repeated after “A notable tale”, had been efficiently presented. An encore being demanded.
“That yaller girl” was supplied much enjoyed.
The Chairman’s reading, “Christmas eve in a workhouse,” a very choice selection, was listened to with marked attention; after which Mr A Horsefield gave “When other lips,” a song exactly suitable to his voice, and well rendered.
A comic song, “I really can’t keep still,” was also the provocation for much merriment, being given in good style by Mr Sylvester.
A talking song, “it makes a man feel like a fool,” followed, by Mrs W. Sykes, the rendering which brought the house down, the result being an Encore, for which was nicely given “Storm fiend,” another good piece.
“Hark, hark, the lark, a glee, was well sung by the glee party, the boys especially taking the air in an assuring manner.
A song by Miss Harblaster, “the female auctioneer,” was next announced, following which was “Simon the cellerar,” a good old son, given by Mr Holdsworth.
“Within a mile of Edinburgh town,” a pretty Scotch song was tastefully sung by Miss Holdsworth.
Mr Hammond concluded the first part of the program with “Bold, bad boy.”
“The liquid gem” pianoforte solo, by Mr Beardsley, opened the second part.
Mr Sykes at once made things lively by is a rendering of “Atchoo,” a comic song, which made the saddest face being with smile, and was deservedly encore.
A novel duet, “Addressing husband,” sung with much spirit by the Misses Arblaster, and a much the quality of the programme.
“Far away,” another duet, by Miss Holdsworth and Mr Turner followed, after which Mr Beardsley sang “The Thorn,” a reminiscence of good old days, the selection be one of the best of the music of the past.
Mr Nicholas as usual, add something choice, a selection on this occasion been a sensible poetical exhortation, “Don’t forget the potatoes,” which was much appreciated.
A good song from Mr Colley next figured, “The midshipmite,” which is always a favourite. “Paddy pig,” an amusing Irish song, followed as an encore.
A pathetic sung by Mrs Sylvester, who possesses a sweet voice, “Bide a wee,” was so well sung that an encore was demanded, when “The Hunting tower” was supplied in which Mr Sylvester joined.
An excellent piano and violin duet, composed by Mr Isaac Shaw, of Conisborough, was given by Messrs Hobson brothers perfectly.
Mr A Horsefield appeared quite at home as the “Englishman.”
A comic song by Mr Sylvester, “Who’s for the bank?” alivened in the proceedings.
“Complaints,” a most plaintive comic song, given by Mr Holdsworth in an effective manner preceded the glee “Good night beloved” which concluded the lengthy but enjoyable programme.
The customary vote of thanks having been accorded, the National anthem was next sung, and the proceedings terminated