EVENTS – Entertainment in Redcar

Accreditation The Redcar and Saltburn-by-the-Sea Gazette 28/12/1877.


            One of the most enjoyable entertainment’s which has been given for some years took place at the Central Hall, Redcar, on the evening of Thursday, the 20th inst. The programme was very attractive, and a crowded audience was kept in excellent humour from the opening piece to the National Anthem and vote of thanks to the Chairman, the Rev. W. Milburne, who presided in his own genial way on this occasion. The opening piece was a Grand March by Dr. W. Spark, played with fine execution by Master Felix Cruse; this was by the vocal duet “I know a Bank,” sung by Mrs. Macfarlane and Mrs. Schmitz, with excellent test and expression, and narrowly escaping encore. Mr. Schwenk not responding at once the chairman announced “Kathleen Mavourneen, “ by Miss Hartley, who was greeted by the audience with great enthusiasm, and listened to with rapt attention as she rendered with perfect sympathy Crouch’s beautiful melody. This was of course loudly encored, and in responding miss Heartily gave to the increased pleasure of the audience, “Joyous Life.” Mr. Allatt followed with “Nancy Lee,” and who was evidently not yet recovered from a severe cold, notwithstanding which he fulfilled his engagement manfully. The duet “Love and War” was well rendered by Messrs. Coverdale and Harrison, and Mr. Webster then read “The Legend Beautiful,” a new poem by Longfellow. The pianoforte duet “Of which sure to the Merry Wives of Windsor” was splendidly executed by the Misses Bennett, and in response to the demand of the audience the last movement was repeated. Mrs. Macfarlane them sang with fine effect. “The bloom is on the Rye” (by Bishop), playing but own accompaniment; this was loudly re–demanded, and in its place was given the lovely old Scotch ballad, “Ye Banks and Braes,” which was equally well rendered and received. Mr. Harrison followed with “Nil Desperandum,” and Miss Hartley gave “Cavatine der Rosina.” (from the “Barber of Seville”), and for the inevitable encore , “Auld Robin Gray.” Mr. Preston, and all Redcar favourite, sang Lindpaintner’s grand battle song, “The Standard bearer,” and for encore, “Will o’ the Wisp,” both of which brought funders of applause. Mr. Wynn, then recited with his usual felicity “The Widows Choice,” from Gatt’s “Bon Gailtier Ballads,” after which Messrs. Coverdale, Harrison, and Preston signed Mazzinghi’s trio “A Little Farm,” and as encore, “Mynheer Van Dunck.” Mr. Allett then gave what was not in aptly termed on the programme and heir, with variations “Jemmy Shaw,” which was the most inimitable imitation of the combined effects of singing and violoncello playing that can be imagined, and he replied to am encore, he gave a very humid song, to the great pleasure of the audience. The National And thumb, and a vote of thanks to the chairman brought this pleasant evening to a close. The proceeds, after deducting expenses, will be given to the pool of Redcar and Coatham.


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