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cnp," which, we fancy, he had not thoroughly mastered. Miss Pilling, on the other hand, pleased us more than ever, and gave her solo, "Troubadour enchanting,'' with, bating a little too much accentuation, excellent taste and judgment. Miss Fanny Cruise, too, in the small part of Liba, a water-sprite, sang and acted very pleasingly.

The scenery is magnificent. In the tableaux especially, Messrs. T. Grieve and Telbin have shown their invention and mastery. We shall not anticipate the reader's pleasuie—we take for grauted every one will go to see Litttine—by describing its pictorial beauties.

Last, not least, the band and chorus were most admirable, from the overture to the final rondo—a fact that did not escape the audience, since, after the artists and composers had had their ovation at the end, a loud cry was raised for Mr. Alfred Mellon, which did not cease until that gentleman made his appearance with the singers and Mr. Wallace (who was enthusiastically summoned and cheered after every act), aud was received by the whole house with deafening plaudits. Such a performance as that of Thursday could oidy be the result of untiring energy, pains and perseverance, on the part of the musical director.

To desceud to minutiae, the recalls were—after the first act, Miss Louisa Pyne, Mr. Harrison, and Mr. Wallace; after the second, Miss Louisa Pyne, Mr. Harrison, Mr. Santley, and Mr. Wallace; the composer, aud all the principals, with, as we have said, Mr. Alfred Mellon, at the end.

The house wa3 tilled in every part. Lurline was repeated last night, and will be repeated again this evening.

Mr. Gustavcs L. Geart, the tenor singer of Christ Church, Dublin, has finished a tour throughout Ireland, where he has been giving his vocal recitals, iu conjunction with his eldest daughter, Miss Mina Geary, with the greatest success. The first part consists of a selection of Moore's Melodies; the second, of a varied series of vocal pieces, selected from the works of Balfe, Hatton, and Vincent Wallace. "Come into the garden, Maud" (Balfe), together with settings of Longfellow's poems, by the same composer, were most heartily received by the various audiences throughout the sister isle. Miss M. Geary has a sweet mezzo-soprano voice, and an attractive appearance, and, no doubt, after proper attention to her musical studies, must become a promising vocalist.

The London Glee And Madrigal Union, encouraged by the eminent success their reee«t concerts at the Dudley Gallery have met with, purpose giving a second series, beginning on Monday next Mr. T. Oliphant will continue his literary illustrations, which are an entirely new feature in performances of this kind. The introduction of the songs and ballads of the olden time has proved a great source of attraction. Mr. Land still continues to direct their performance.

Mtddleton Hall.—An evening concert was given on Thursday, by Master W. A Field, at which the Glee and Madrigal Union aud several other artists of eminence assisted. Mr. Tedder sang the new song composed expressly for him by Mr. Hatton,"The Maid I love hath many a grace," with much applause, and also "The Death of Nelson." Miss Wells gave, with great delicacy of execution, the "Soldier tired," of Dr. Arue, which obtained an encore. Master Field also made his debut in Bishop's duet, "My Pretty Page." with Miss Anne Cox, He was evidently suffering from nervousness, but with time and study may get on very creditably. The Glee and Madrigal Union contributed largely to the evening's amusement from their varied repertoire, and the laughter-loving portion of the audience were much entertained by the humourous serenade, " Maiden fair, oh deign to tell," capitally rendered by Messrs. Baxter, Cummiugs, and Lawler; Mr. Cummings also sang "Margaretta," by Balfe, with much expression; Mr. Eayres gave a solo on the violin ; and Miss Isabella Clemmeuson performed Handel's "Harmonious Blacksmith," on the pianoforte. Mr.Landofficiated as accoinpanyist, and the concert was brought to a satisfactory termination by the madrigal, " Down in a flowery vale."

Mr. F. Eugene Vknua was unanimously elected organist of Saint Nicholas Church, Sevenoaks, on Friday the 10th inst.

The Organ In St. Mark's Church, Kennington (one of the late Mr. Gray's) is to be repaired and enlarged. Most of the neighbouring churches in Surrey have already modernised their old organs, or erected new instruments. Kennington Church is one of the largest and finest of its class ; but, in these days, Grecian churches are somewhat neglected, and at a discount; consequently, organs am suffered to remain in them unimproved, whereas such instruments would not be tolerated in a spic-andspan new Gothic building after the most orthodox Puqinian school. The amount of the repairs has to be raised by subscriptions iu the neighbourhood, not a very musical one.

PROVINCIAL. Liverpool(From our own Correspndent).—The second subscription concert of the Philharmonic Society, was given to a very full house, Mdlle. Piccolomini being always sure to draw. The favourite prima donna looked as bewitching as ever, sang in her usual piquant manner, was frequently applauded, aud encored more than once. She san<: " Ah! fors' c lui," "I dreamt that I dwelt," "La ci darem." with Sig. Aldighieri, "Libiamo," with Belart, and the duet from Lucia, " Sulla tomba, with M. Belart. Sig. Belart was in excellent voice. Each of his solos was beautifully sung; but " Ecco ridente," was, if anything, the best. Sig. Aldighieri gave " Largo al factotum" with much spirit. A chorus from Robert was, without exception, the most slovenly thing we ever heard in the hall; and but for the admirable way in which the choir rendered one or t wo of Mendelssohn's four-purt songs, and Weber's Gipsy Chorus from Preciosa, we should have come to the conclusion, either that there had been no rehearsal, or that the Society's chorus had undergone some great change for the worse. The baud was good. The Symphony of Mendelssohn in A minor was beautifully played ; the Scherzo Adagio cantabile, and Allegro guerriero, being the best rendered. An extract from the programme of the Birmingham Festival was printed in the books of words, amusing as showing the mistakes sometimes made, but really.useless as regards the audience. The committee apparently overlooked the fact that, whilst an assemblage of all the educated musical professors aud amateurs of the kingdom might not dispense with a new analysis of the symphony, it was possible that a Liverpool audience would have been all the better forsome idea of its argument; and that it would have been wiser to instruct subscribers, instead of placing them on the same musical footing as the audience at Birmingham. As the symphony is the highest form of instrumental art, so it is really no insult to an unmusical community for a professedly musical society to act as instructors to the public; and, if the committee were to insert from time to time such articles as Mr. Macfarren has written on the works of the great symphonists, they would be doing real good. As it is, the Pastoral of Beethoven—one really more intelligible to the outer world than most symphonies—is the only one respecting which explanatory remarks have appeared in the books. Mr. Herrmann conducted, aud used every exertion to render the performance satisfactory. The same party are to appear at a cheap concert at the Philharmonic Hall, on Saturday afternoon next, which will be open to the public. On that occasion, Madame Moritz will perform a solo on the piano. Report speaks highly of this lady's powers; she is a niece of Hummel.

Ibid. —" How on earth is it done?" was the question suggested to every one of the crowded audience at the Theatre Royal, ou Monday evening, but with no chance of a solution. The utmost quickness and acuteness could not detect the secret; aud grave and gay, old and young, were equally puzzled and delighted. Professor Frikell maintains his position as the prince of conjurors, and his " Two Hours of Illusions" are worthy of the distinguished patronage he has so frequently received. It is no ordinary genius that can command the success indicated by the fact that he has performed before " Her Most Gracious Majesty the Queen, the Prince Consort, and the Royal Family, at Windsor Castle; the Emperor and Empress of Russia, the Emperor and Empress of Austria, the Sultan Mahomet, the Kings of Prussia, Hanover, Bavaria, Saxony, Denmark, Sweden, and Greece, Mehemet Ali, Viceroy of Egypt, aud all the ducal courts of Germany, and upwards of 600 nights in London." The tricks are as elegant in themselves as they are surprising. There is not the vulgar clap-trap so frequently employed to divert attention ; and the Professor stands alone on a clear stage, without the machinery, tables, or screens which lead to the idea that all the magic is lurking behind them. The house was not only delighted, but amused; and, as laughter is said to be the best physic, the Professor proves himself as much a physician as before the magician's wand fell into his hands.

York.—Miss Alice Watson gave her annual concert, on Tuesday last, at the Festival Concert Room, assisted by Miss Hiles (of Liverpool), Mr. Suchet Champion, and Mr. Henry Wharton. The band of the 16th Lancers was also engaged. The concert was completely successful, and gave great satisfaction to a most fashionable audience.

Maidstone{From, a Correspondent).—The chief town in Kent was made unusually vocal and instrumental on Wednesday, the Sth inst.—two grand concerts, one morning and one eveuing, having been given in the Corn Exchange. Mr. James Brine, librariau and printer, had engaged Mr. Wilby, who engaged Mis3 Arabella Goddnrd and Mr. Walter Pettit (violoncello), instrumentalists, and Miss Eliza Hughes and Miss Leffler, vaculists. The morning concert opened with Mendelssohn's trio in D minor, for pianoforte, violin and violoncello, very finely performed by Miss Arabella Goddard, Mr. Wilby and Mr. W. Pettit. Miss Goddard and Mr. WTilby also played De Beriot and Benedict's Grand Concertante Duet on airs from Honnambula; the lady also executing Thalberg's "Home, sweet home" fantasia with immense effect. Mr. Wilby performed two solos —E. Perry's " Rule Britannia" and "Recollections of Paganini's Perpe'ual Motion" with remarkable skill. Miss Eliza Hughes and Miss Leffler Bang sundry popular airs, and joined in the duet, "Giorno d'orrore," from Semiramide. The evening concert commenced with Beethoven's trio in G major, a no less admirable performance by the three artists than the Mendelssohn trio in the forenoon. Miss Goddard and Mr. Wilby repeated the duet from Sonnambula, and the fair pianist, by her magnificent playing in Thalberg's "Last rose of summer" fantasia completely captivated the audience, and in obedience to a unanimous encore, substituted the same composer's ,: Home, sweet home." Mr. Wilby did not think fit to change the two solos he had introduced in the morning, so good was the impression he had made in both. The vocal performances differed essentially from the first concert, the only piece retained being Mr. Hullah's song, "The Storm," sung by Miss Leffler, J. W. Morgan's ballad, "The memory of thee," by the same lady, and the duet from Sahiramide.

Dublin.—A reunion musicale, at the Ancient Concert Rooms> introduced Mr. Arthur O'Leary as a piaList. His reception was cordial and his success decided. He played a concerto, with orchestra, of Hummell a caprice of his own composition, and PrndentVSonnambuln." Anoverture, composed by Mr.O'Leary, was played by the orchestra, and nleased very much. Herr Oberthur was the other soloist. He is a great favourite with the fashionable world in Dublin. He played a trio of his^jwn composition for harp, violin, and violoncello, the second he has written for those instruments, and the same that he played at his own "recital" on the Saturday previous, which, by-the-bye, deserves notice if only for the brilliant and fashionable audience collected together to do honour to the talented "Harpist to H.R.H. the Duchess of Nassau." A new fantasia for harp solo, on Meyerbeer's Dinorah, composed by Herr Oberthur, is likely to become a favourite with har|>-players; it is a very brilliant, and effective work, and was capitally played by Herr Oberthur, who also obtained warm applause for his performance of another neat solo, "Meditation," which is quite a little gem. The artists who assisted at the " recital," were Miss J ulia Cruise, Mr. O'Rorke, and Mr. Richard Smith (who, among other pieces, sang" a new vocal trio by Herr Oberthur, without accompaniment, entitled "The Kuights of the Cross," with excellent effect), Miss Ellen Williams, Mr. Sproule, Mr. Levy, and Herr Eisner. The Lord Lieutenant &nd the viceregal party remained till the conclusion of the concert.

Edinburgh{From, a Correspondent).—At the third of a series of four classical concerts at the New Music Hall, George'sstreet, got up under the direction of Herr Hausmann, the celebrated violinist, the following programme was given :—

Sinfonia Pastorale—Beethoven; Rondo, B flat, pianoforte—Mendelssohn; Aria, from I Martiri—Donizetti; Moonlight, Sonata— Beethoven; Bolero; Fantasia, "Souvenirs d'Ecosse"—Oury; Overture and March—Mendelssohn.

Miss Arabella Goddard was the pianist, and Mdlle. Enrichetta Camilla the vocalist. The band was numerous and efficient, and executed the Pastoral Symphony extremely well, Mr. Hausmann being both an experienced and a classical conductor. The three pianoforte pieces excited the greatest enthusiasm, connoisseurs being, of couree, most delighted with Miss Goddard's splendid execution of the Rondo of Mendelssohn, with orchestral accompaniments, and the delicious Sonata of Beethoven, after which she was recalled. The brilliant fantasia of Mad. Oury created quite a perfect furor, which compelled the young lady to return to the pianoforte, and substituted "The Harmonious Blacksmith," of Handel, which caused, if possible, still greater excitement. Mdlle. Enrichetta Camilla is a pleasing singer, and has evidently been taught in the best Italian school. The choice of pieces, however, was not entirely to the taste of an Edinburgh audience. The hall was filled by an elegant and brilliant assembly.

M. DISTIN.

To the Editor of the Star.

Sih,—From the kind and very considerate notice of my concert that appeared in the Star of Friday, February 3rd, and the favourable opinion you evidently entertain of mo personally, I am induced to write, and request the favour of a place in your columns, to state the reasons for giving it. I lost nearly £80 at the Crystal Palace in 1858, through the great expenses incurred, and. hoped, by the concert at Exeter Hall, to have been enabled to liquidate that debt; but, although 1 appealed by a circular, addressed to the worshipful masters of upwards of 400 Masonic lodges, and the London lodges twice, requesting it to be made known to the brethren, I received but one auswer. This was from Lodge 199, Weymouth, inclosing a Post-office order for 10s. 6d., for a reserved seat ticket. 1 nm placed in a false position before the public, and it was not out of any ostentation or avaricious feeling that I again appeared before it, being compelled, through bodily infirmity, tho loss of my front teeth (from age and longcontinued labour), to relinquish my professional exertions, which have been very arduous, for fifty years—twenty-seven of which were under the Crown, eleven years in the old Militia, seven years in the Grenadiers, and nine \ears in the private band of His Majesty George IV. 1 have also performed at three coronations, but have no pension; and with the exception of £1 per week from the brass-instrument business belonging to my son Henry, I have nothing else to depend upon. I have always been ready to give my gratuitous services on occasions of charity, by concerts or otherwise, in several towns in England, Scotland, and Ireland, in many of which large turns were realised. I do not make a boast cf this, as I felt a pleasure in doing so, and considered it my duty. Exeter Hall wrs paid for on the night of my concert by a donation (the name of the donor I am not at liberty to publish, bvt I inclose it with tin*), and another donation from ilie King of Hanover (his Majesty having remembered me in the private band of King George IV.), who, with his well-known benevolence, immediately commanded that his name should be added to the list of subscribers (patron.-),with a subscription of £10. These two gifts, and somo borrowed money, enabled me to meet a great part of the preliminary expenses. The whole sum in the hall amounted to about £10. I shall, therefore, lose nearly as much as I did at the Crjstal Palace. I wus induced to hope that the concert, being under such high patronage, and with the lon^ list of artists on the occasion, would have been well attended by "my brother Masons" and the "public generally," but I have been grievously disappointed. There were about 300 free tickets in the hall, prineipally to the reserved and 5s. seats. I hope, when the-o facts are known, the Masonic brethren and the public will assist mo in my difficulty.

Tru8tin.' I may be excused for having troubled you with this long letter, and with my DM st grateful thanks lor your kind remarks about me,

I remain, sir, your obedient and obliged servant, 2, Chapter-terrace, Newington, S. J. Disinr, Sen.

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