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Alliteration ... ... ... ... ... 77 An O.M.'s Experience in Diggings ... ... 187 Ancient Journalism ... ... ... ... 68 Art Society... 36, 47, 64, 88, 103, 116, 132, 156, 196
Conversazione ... ... ... ...171, 183 Athletic Sports, The ... ... ... ... 50
Farming in Canada ...
House Matches ...
Under 15 Double...
Accounts ... ...
152 Hart-Smith's v. Horner's
v. Littlefield ... ... 167 Horner's v. Preshute
153 Littlefield v. Gould's ... ... ... 166 Way's v. Baker's ... ... 181, 193
v. Baker's (Lower Game) . 208 v. Ford's ... ... ... 165 v. Hart-Smith's (Cock House
Match) ... ... ... 194 List of Matches ... ... ... ... 142 Promotions ... 151, 163, 179, 191, 207 School v. Cirencester ...
179 v. Clifton Club ...
180 v. Keble College ... v. Nomads
192 v. Old Fellows ...
164 v. do. (2nd XV) ... Season, 1883 ...
Sixth v. School ... ... Foundation Scholarships ...
College Chapel, The ... ... ... ... 79, 91 Concert, 1883, The ... ...
1 Correspondence .. 5, 17, 29, 47, 57, 72, 81, 94,
109, 124, 141, 150, 162, 177, 190, 206 Cowper's Letters ... ... ... ... 120 Cricket :Accounts ... ...
184 A House y. Cothill House
126 Averages of the XI...
135 Characters of the XI ...
135 Colts' Match...
126 House Ground Matches
...113, 127 House Matches.Ford's v. Cotton House
v. Gould's (Cock House Match)
v. Hart-Smith's . ... Gould's v. Baker's ... ...
v. Way's ...
Way's v. Littlefield
v. East Somerset C.C
v. Ragby ... ... ... ... 133 Promotions ... ... ... 83, 96, 111, 124
In Memoriam :-
H.R.H. The Duke of Albany ...
... ... 74
... 46, 59
35, 114, 170, 183
... 88, 172
v. Glenalmond ... ... 102
v. Winchester and Wellington 103
Marlborough Blues C.C. 74, 102, 113, 142, 155
Accounts ... ... ... ... ... 8, 201
... ... 160
Natural History Society
8, 35, 64, 76, 103, 116,
... ... ... 23
Report for 1883 ...
Occasional Notes 5, 17, 26, 42, 56, 70, 79, 92, 108,
121, 140, 148, 161, 177, 189, 203
139, 148, 161, 176, 189, 206
To say that our thirty-sixth annual concert was as successful as any of the previous ones is not too high praise. Mr. Bambridge had made the most of a choir originally not too promising, and Mr. Leaf, with the accumulated experience of former choirmasters and his own ingenuity, had with the aid of his active stewards seated the audience as well as our limited space will allow.
The concert was begun punctually at 7:30 by an overture for strings and piano from Mozart's Don Giovanni. It would be impertinent for an amateur to criticize professional performers of the class that had been procured to assist in the concert, but we may say a word in commendation of the skill and attention with which they played throughout the evening. It was a pity that so brilliant a performance was placed so early, as the audience had scarcely settled themselves, and the hum of voices, particularly from the seats on the east of the room, was very perceptible. The “Welcome” which is heard every year might most appropriately open another concert. It was the least satisfactory performance of the choir, the change of time in the last two verses being
missed, but they made amends in the next piece, which was charmingly sung. Its beauty consisted in the change from gay to grave in the third verse, where time and key combine to adapt themselves to the lament over “the happy days of early life.” The words, “Hush our song," were rendered with great softness. The refrain, “tra-la-la,” where the former key and time were resumed, formed a conclusion to the piece, being sung very low at first and then rising into a note of joy which effaced the gloom of the preceding lines. Webber's pianoforte solo came next, performed with the delicacy of touch which we identify with him. Had there been a little more forte playing in it, it would have been better heard. He was succeeded by the professionals in one of Beethoven's string quartettes, which was however not received by the school with the marked approval which it merited. The Rev. F. G. Hume, however, was heartily welcomed. Though not in his best voice, he sang a very touching song, 'In the Cloisters,' with excellent feeling, and gave as encore to an entranced audience, Tom Bowling,' which gained not a little of its beauty from the sympathetic accompaniment of Mr. Bambridge. The choir achieved a great success in the performance of
• Allan-a-dale' which was next in the programme. | evening, and school and visitors were of one mind It is perhaps only a coincidence that this piece and the in loudly encoring it. The Rustic Coquette,' 'Border Raid' were both marked by similar senti a part-song which followed, was commenced very ments—the defiance of, and victory over authority, cleanly by the choir, and the refrain was sung with and both thrown into a dramatic form. At all events delicacy and considerable expression, but the piece they were both eminently suited to the powers and was not enthusiastically received. The violin duet humour of the choir and were most successfully ren of Webber and Tiarks received quite an ovation dered. The voices in Allan-a-Dale got into full swing from the school, who seemed not unnaturally proud at once. The difficulty of the change of time where the of the performers. Tiarks as first violin was very tenor lead began in the fourth verse was surmounted dexterous in the higher shifts, and Webber's experiwith tolerable steadiness. The most effective verse ence in concerted music kept the pair well together was the last. The two first lines tell of the failure in the quicker passages. J. M. Harvey, whose of Allan's suit to the father and mother, and end in voice was hardly at its best, sang with much exa discord where “they lifted the latch and bade him pression in " Anchored.” The effect of storm and calm begone." Then came the accompaniment, vividly in it was very good,—the horror indicated by the descriptive of disaster as it runs from the top to the rendering of "a dreary wreck lay she ” throwing into bottom of the scale, and the piece ends in a tone of prominence the admirable smoothness of the restful almost extravagant triumph as it repeats how “she refrain in the last verse. The next piece in the profled to the forest to hear a love tale, and the youth gramme, a ' Song to Pan,' was characterised by a it was told by was Allan-a-dale.” Nothing more gaiety and vivacity which suited the subject. significantly shows how much of the results got from The trebles, whose part was the most prominent, the choir are due to Mr. Bambridge than the chorus sang exceedingly well, and in the chorus all parts of O.M's which, containing as it did very good were well together. The pianoforte duet between material, was yet put at a great disadvantage by Mr. Bambridge and Webber was a success which following so close upon so fine a performance. Mr. even satisfied the expectation which the announceBambridge made the most heroic efforts to keep them ment of their names aroused, and in answer to a together, but owing to the fact that the music had recall Mr. Bambridge gave us his well known tour been seen by the majority for the first time only the de force, " Auld Lang Syne." Mr. Tilleard sang “ The Saturday before, this was sometimes an impossibility. Sands of Dee" in a perfect manner. The repetition It is not often, however, that we have the chance of pianissimo of the last line of the second verse," and hearing a chorus of men's voices exclusively, and never home came she," prepared for the catastrophe the crisp singing of such lines as “over the move which was admirably worked np to by the crescendo in ment of the whole," and the vigorous enunciation of the next verse, and the lament in the last one ending on the strophe beginning, “ Above all the rest,” in their a soft low note was very touching. The song which second piece, gave us reason to wish we could an encore extracted we did not like so much, an hear more of them. The first portion of the concert impassioned love song of a very different type, was brought to an end by a performance of our Brass though in its way an equally good performance. The Band, which has had the advantage of a fixed home second piece which the Brass Band played was not this term, inconveniently near, however, we are told so good as their first, though a familar one to them to the Adderley and the A House class-rooms. Mr. and to us: the second cornets seemed at times to be Swain was certainly to be complimented on the a little out of tune. The piece, however, has a good good tune and accuracy with which all the instru swing about it and the result seemed appreciated. ments were played. The quality and body of sound The choir reached its highest point in the perforwere very good.
mance of the “ Border Raid.” Mr. Leslie we believe The second part was opened by a performance of used to say that for part-singing sixty hours was the overture to 'Ruy Blas' on strings, with Mr. not too much to spend on one piece. We cannot afford Bambridge at the pianoforte. It was one of the to devote so much time to the preparation for our most delightful items in the programme of the Concert, but no inconsiderable part of their leisure