On Thursday and Saturday last, the children of the Penyrenglyn Council School gave two concerts in the Opera House, Treherbert, the proceeds of which are to be devoted towards purchasing a piano for the school. They were without doubt in many senses two of the best children’s concerts held in Treherbert for many years; and two crowded houses testified to their immense popularity. The chairman on Thursday night was Councillor D. R. Jones, who presided in his usual genial manner. In his opening address, he reviewed the work of the Council and the teachers, and made a very earnest appeal for a better understanding and a more efficient co-operation of parents and teachers.
On Saturday night, County Councillor Enoch Davies, J.P., occupied the chair with very great success. In his opinion, the children were a credit not only to Penyrenglyn, but to any part of the Valley. When the curtain rose, the children, especially the little girls in lovely white dresses, looked beautiful and fairy-like. The choruses were excellently rendered, and the little soloists performed their parts exceedingly well, whilst the different drills and action songs were gone through most creditably, aided a great deal by the splendid services rendered by the accomplished pianist, Miss Minnie Ashton, A.L.C.M., of Treorchy. It was Miss Ashton, with a splendid rendering of a pianoforte solo, who commenced the programme which was followed by a rollicking chorus by the choir, “We have come from the hillside.” Then came in order: -The new flag drill by the boys of Standards 2 and 3; chorus, The Sneezing Song solo and chorus, Let me say my Tittle prayer,” by Misses Gwen Jones, Maggie Eggarty, and Master Lemuel Kinsey. This pathetic solo was rendered exceedingly well, and was encored. Chorus and drill, The Flower Bells,” by the girls of Standard 2. This item again was encored, the tripping of the little girls taking the house by storm. Solo and chorus, Cartref,” by Miss Tegwen Jones; chorus, Wynken, Blynken and Nod.” This was a great success, bringing forth round after round of applause. Duet, Not quite the same,” by Misses Maggie Eggarty and Maggie Saunders. The unanimous clamour for an encore of the delightful rendering of these two little girls showed the appreciation of the audience. Chorus, Sleep, Gentle Babe,” by the choir; song, “I’m the Butcher,” by Masters Tom Beams (on Thursday) and John Haddock (on Saturday). This was one of the tit-bits of the evening, and was enjoyed immensely, the table of meat giving a realistic touch to the scene. Chorus and drill, The Hoop Song,” by the girls of Standards 4 and 5. This was a very pretty and effective item, the limelight, which played on the beautiful dresses of the children, aiding in a scene calculated to please the most fastidious. Solo, Far Away.” by Miss Maggie Rees, was sung most effectively and with very good taste. The Ribbons and Tassels Drill, by the girls of Standard 3, was a revelation to most people, the different turnings and changes making it most difficult, but the little girls did their part faultlessly. The Miner’s Song,” in which about 20 boys were dressed as miners, carrying picks and lamps, of course, appealed most forcibly to an audience comprised mostly of miners.
The programme was brought to a close by a solo and chorus, The Suffragettes,” sung by Miss Tegwen Jones. This portrayed a band of militant suffragettes carrying banners, determined to have The vote- or a Voter.” Not the least amusing part was the scene, in which the policeman attempted to arrest these agitators. This item brought the house down,” and terminated what proved to be one of the most successful concerts held in the Opera House for some time. The headmaster, Mr. B. Gabe, who conducted, and his staff deserve every praise and credit for the excellent treat provided. Mr. Gabe, in I his vote of thanks to the chairmen, desired to thank the parents of Penyrenglyn for the beautiful dresses and splendid appearance of the children. The success of the concert he said, was largely due to them, to the hearty co-operation of the staff, the able accompaniment of Miss Ashton, and last but by no means least, to the unbounded enthusiasm of the children themselves.