Mexborough and Swinton Times January 1, 1897
Concert at Denaby Main
Denaby Main Orchestral Society.
At this concert, held at Denaby last evening, the above society seemed determined to demonstrate their undoubted instrumental ability, and in this so far succeeded that their united efforts were imminently successful.
Mr Moses Soar, who is the organiser of the society, conducted their various works rendered, in every detail with delicacy of expression, with absolute certainty of attack the band evinced ability which compares favourably with some of the famous orchestral combination. Such delicacies of light and shade, which were displayed, where not borne of two or the rehearsals, but the outcome of assiduous preparation under an efficient and well trained conductor.
The attendance was a most enthusiastic one, which responded to the efforts of the respective items with richly deserve prolonged applause.
The concert opened with an overture, “ Ein Morgen, Ein Mittag, Ein Abend in Wein,” by F. Von Suppe. The complications in the music were most exacting, but the item was rendered with a most telling effect, the effort being a distinct triumph, and met with a suitable response.
Miss Mary Poole, the late principle of the Leeds amateur operatic society, rendered “She wandered down the mountainside,” by Clay, and gave evidence of rich vocal ability, the artists vocalisation being the theme of general admiration. An ankle was demanded, but not responded to.
The next item was a rich musical treat, a violin quartette entitled “Andante and Rondno,” by Messrs. Sharp, Soar, and Wilson, was finally interpreted, and remarkable for earnest intelligence and harmonious effect.
The ovarture “Der Freischutz” by Meber – a most difficult work to undertake – was fairly well rendered by the band – although euphonium and bases were defective during the most exacting passages of the work,
A song, “La serenata” by Miss Poole, and violin obligato by Mr Moses soar, were very effective, and won well merited applause.
Then followed a true exposition of the favourite composition, “Gounods Faust” the whole band seem to have hanged themselves out for an impressive and even majestic delivery of that tuneful and melodious selection.
The second half of the programme opened in a symphony, “the surprise,” Haydn, which was completed in free items. In this attempt the instrumental combination served still to further establish their reputation gained during their earlier efforts. The clearness of high notes from the strings, and the firm diapason of the country bases like the deep toned pedal note, and the mellow richness of the violas, cellos, oboes clarinettes etc., attracting the attention of all those interested in instrumental excellence.
Miss Poole was again responsible for a splendid rendition of the song, “Perfect life,” which was vociferously encored, and in response sang “Coming through the Rye,” another true exposition of expressive vocalism.
Miss Poole followed this success with a perfect rendition of “ Killarney” and an encore was loudly demanded.
All due credit must be awarded to the orchestra and conductor, who throughout were full of fine well disciplined energy. Mr Nixon most efficiently presided at the piano.