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HER MAJESTY'S THEATRE First Night of La Flglla del Rpffgimento. Cabel, Ciampi, Castklli, and Bblart. Second Appearance of Mad. Maris Cabbl. This evening. Julv 14, will be performed (for the first time thii season), LA FIGLIA DEL UEGGIMENTO. Tonlo, Signor Bei.art; Sulpiilo, Sis nor Ciampi (his first appearance in that character): Ortemio, Signor Castklli; Paesano, Signor Mbrcuriali; nnd Marin, Mad. Maris Cabel (first appearance in that character). Conductor: Signor Arditi. After which the new ballet of ORFA will be produced, In which Mile. Ffhimims and M. Chapphy will appear. Gallery, 2s.; Seats, Half-Circle, 2s. 6d.; Gallery Stalls, 3s.; Pit, 3s. (kl.; Seats, Second Circle, 3s.; Seats, First Circle, M.; Pit Stalls, 10s. Gd.; Private Boxes, from 10s 6d. to £2. 2s —to be obtained at the Box-office of the Theatre, which is open daily from 10 to 6 and on the nights of performance until the end of the opera, under the direction of Mr. Nugent.
HER MAJESTY'S THEATRE.—Second Appearance of Mad. Marie Cabel. This evening (Saturday, July 14), will be performed (for the first time this season) Donizetti's favourite opera of LA FIGLIA DEL REGGIMENTO. Tonio, Signor Bblart: Sulpizio, Signor Ciampi (his first appear, anre In that character) -t and Maria, Mad. Marie Cabel (her first appearance in that character). Conductor: Signor Arditi. After which the new bal et of ORFA will be produced,in which Mile-Ferraris and M. Chapput will appear. On Monday, July 16, will be repeated LA FIGLIA DEL REGGI . ENT>>. On Tuesday, July 17 fpoiitively for the last time this season), Meyerbeer's grand opera of LES HUGUENOTS, w!th the following powerful cast:—Raoul, Signor Gicglini ; Marcel, Signor Vialbtti ; II Conte Nevers, Stgnor Everardi; St. Bris, Signor Gassier (his last appearance this season); Urbano, Mad. Borghi-mamo; Margherlta, Mile. Michal; nnd Valemtna, Mile. Titibns. Conductor: Signor ARnm. Gallerv, 2s.; Seats, Half-Circle, 2s. 6d.; Gallery Stalls, 3s.; Pit, 3s. Gd.; Seats, Second Circle, 4s.: Seats, First Circle, r.B.; Pit Stalls, 10s. 6d.; Third Tier, Private Boxes, to hold Four, 10s. 6d.; ditto, Two Pair, €1. Is.; ditto, One Pair, €1. lis. Gd.; Pit Tier. £1. lis. 6d. • Grand Tier, £2. 2s. Early application to secure places is earnestly recommended, as being the only means of preventing disappointment. The Box-office of the Theatre is open daily from 10 to 6, and on the evenings of performance until the end of the opera.
ER MAJESTY'S THEATRE.—Lessee, Mr. E. T.
Smith Mr. E. T. SMITH respectfully acquaints the subscribers and the
public that his BENEFIT will take place on Thursday, July 19, when will be presented a favourite Opera and Ballet. Gallery, 3s.: Gallery Stalls, 5s.; Pit, 8s. 6d. Applications to be made to Mr. Nugent, Box-office of the Theatre, from 10 till 6 o'clock.
HER MAJESTY'S THEATRE.—Called upon at a moment when Her Majesty's Theatre appeared to be perpetually closed, when a new rival had closed the doors of the legitimnte Italian Theatre, to come forw rd and rescue a fane so long honoured by the (tile of this country, I accepted the charge, and at once sacrificing « very other feeling, every other interest, I became the lessee of Her Majesty's Theatre, which in an incredibly short time I cleaned out, embellished, and opened. Thus compelled to carry out arrangements of the most difficult and intricate kind, already a second in the field, forestalled by a talented and powerful em
Jtressaiio, I at once devoted myself to the task, and now appeal to my kind patrons, rlends, and the public at large, how far I have carried out their views—how far I have redeemed my promise, and how far I have done honour or discredit to Her Majesty's Theatre. It is acknowledged that there are spots on the sun, and I do not hesitate to confess that some portion of my corps may be less perfect than I could have desired; to obtain the services of a superior chorus, to secure at a late period the impossible advantages of an orchestra, beyond reproach, was a work I found to be impracticable; I have, however, in these departments done my best; next year I will pledge myself to do better. The talented phalanx of opera singers (I believe I may, without arrogance assert) stands unequalled, unrivalled; while the artists engaged in the ballet department will fairly demonstrate that I have not negtected the time-honoured charms of terpsichorean art. Out of the repertoire announced at the commencement of the season, I have produced the following operas:—La Favorita, Otello, H Trovatore, Ernani, La Traviata, Norma, II Barbiere di Siviglia, Gil Ugonotti, Lucia di Lammermoor, Don Giovanni, Itigotetto, and Marta. From the several new operas promised, these have already been presented:—Almina, Semiramide, and Oberon; Le Kozzr di Figaro being in course of rehearsal, and Cimaroia's celebrated buffo'opera, II Matrimont'o Segreto, though not previously announced, hns been most successfully performed. To remind the patrons and subscribers of Her Majesty's Theatre of such artistes as Mile. Titiens, Mite. PtccoLOMiNi, Mad. Lemairb, Mile. Vanbri, Signor Giuglini, Signor Bblart, Signor Vialetti, and Signor Mongini, would be a work of supererogation; but in addition to these well-known favourites Mad. Alb"m, Mlb. Lotti Della Santa, Mile. Maria Brunrtti, Mad. Boruiii-mamo, Mile. Michal, and Mad. Mauie Cabel, together with Signor Everardi, Signor Gassier, Signor Fellar, Hcrr Steger, and the celebrated buffo singer, Signor Ciampi, besides many other artistes unnecessary here to mention, have appeared for the first time this season. In the ballet department, Miles. Salvioni, Mdrlaccht, Pocciiini, Clavreli, Moncelet, and Mile, Claudina Cocciii have brilliantly sustained theprcstige that has invariably belonged to Her Majesty's Theatre, appended to which names those of MIle.AM Alia Ferraris, and M.chapPuy (who appear this evening), crown the completeness of this section of entertainment. It may not, perhaps, be considered nut of place, having thus far given au account of my past conduct, to state succinctly my future programme of the coming season, and I have great pleasure in notifying thus early to my patrons, subscribers, and the public generally, that I have just completed engagements with Miles. Titibns and Parepa, together with Mr. Sims Reeves and Mr. Santley, who will appear in several English operas, In addition to Macparren's Robin Hood, and W. V. Wallace's Amber Witch, which I succeeded in securing, and which will be produced early in the ensuing season, —October next. If any available talent has ever sought an engagement in this country and has been rejected by me, if any composer of merit has found his works declined, if any novelty has been overlooked, then, indeed, I am unworthy of your patronage; but if my constant and unremitting exertions have tended to carry out your views, if I have done all a manager or a leasee could do, if my present and my past afford a fair gua. ranten for my future conduct, then, indeed, I shall feel proudly conscious that in thus parting with you for a season, it will only be to renew those ties which you can so honestly again, I hope, bestow, and I can to gratefully receive.
5. T. SMITH, Lessee.
"ROYAL ITALIAN OPERA, COVENT GARDEN.
Jem/ Grand Concert.—On Wednesday next, July 18, a GUAND CONCERT take place In the Theatre. The first part will consist of a Miscellaneous Selection in which the following artists will take part—Mad. Grim. Mile. Corbari, Mad. MiolaxCarvalho, Signor Tamberlik., Signor Gardoni, M. Zelgeb, Stgnor \eri-baraldi, Signor Polomni. Signor Tagliahco, M Faure, Signor Graziam, Signor Roscdxi After which will be performed (for the fourth and last time but one),Gluck'5operi,0r/rd e Euridice, Orfco, Mile. Csillao ; Un Ombra, Mad. Miolan-carvalho ; L'Amore.Mad. Didieb i Euridice, Mad. Penco. Conductor, Mr. Costa. The subscribers to the Open for the Tuesdays of the season, as well as those for the first alternate weeks, will be presented with the entree to the above performance. Box mbscribm will receive boxe*. and stall subscribers will receive stalls. Flower Show.—All the subscriber) to the Opera present on the above occasion, as well as visitors to the Boxes, Pit Stall*, or Pit, will be admitted to the Flower Show in the Floral Hall, which will be illuminated, at the conclusion of the Opera. Prices of admission to the publicBoxes—Grand sod Pit Tiers, M 4s.; First Tier, £3 3s. and £l 2*.; Second Tier, £1 lis. 6d.; Pit Stalli, 15s.; Pit, 5s.; Amphitheatre Stalls, 5s. and 3s.-K Amphitheatre, Is. Gd. Doon open at half-past Seven, to commence at Eight.
T3 0YAL ITALIAN OPERA, COVENT GARDEK
J\f Meyerbeer's Grand Opera, LK PROPHETK, will be repeated on 1
next, July 16, being an extra night. On Tuesday next. July 17, will bo performed Flotow's Opera. MARTHA. Principal characters by Mad. Penco, Mad. Didiee, Sig. Graziam, Sig. Taoliafico, M. Zelger, and Sig. Mario.
Tjirench PLAYS.—ST. JAMES'S THEATRE
_1_ Every Evening. Positively the Last Week but two. M. Taul Drviox. Mile. Delphine Fix will appear in Let Pattcs de Mutuhe, La fin de /Ionian, La Banhmmc Jadit. Orchestra Stalls, 7s. 6d.; Balcony Stalls, 5s. j Pit, 2s.; Gallery, 1«.; Print) Boxes, from £2 2s. Commence at 8 o'clock.
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LONDON: SATURDAY, JULY 14, 1860.
DEATH has been busy with our public men in this year of grace, 1860. Not to glance at the high priests of science and philosophy, nor to quit the sphere of those who come under the category of artists-proper, and artistsexhibitant,—Jullien, Albert Smith, Eobert Brough, have successively past away within a short interval. In the strictly musical line three distinguished performers—strange to say, all players on the violoncello—have been taken from us within as brief a space. The death of William Lovell Phillips was speedily followed by that of George Hausmann; and, upon the death of Hausmann, still more speedily came that of Louis Drechsler, who, first known in this country as a violoncellist, had long settled in Edinburgh as a teacher of singing. Of Herr Drechsler, a sensible and weil-written notice, from the pages of the Edinburgh Daily Courant, will be found, slightly abridged, in another column of this day's impression. A more amiable foreigner has perhaps never resided habitually among us, and with most of the praise bestowed upon his talent by our contemporary we can conscientiously agree. We have seen no such tribute, however, to the merits of the late Herr Hausmann in any of the Edinburgh or Glasgow papers ; but may safely presume that something of the kind lias appeared in one or all of them. He too had periodically established himself in the Scottish capital ; and though perhaps not the most musical of cities, "Auld Reekie" has never been insensible to the preference awarded it by men of eminence in whatever branch of human acquirement. Herr Hausmann, it is true, died at Hanover, and the fact of his demise may not be generally known ; in which case the Scottish amateurs must be acquitted of any intentional neglect towards one who lived amidst them, respected alike as on artist and a man.
Herr Hausmann camo to England more than twenty years ngo, and since then has never left it for any lengthened period. He won a very honourable position by his talents, and was rated highly both as a solo and orchestral performer. Add te this, by his kindly disposition, upright character, and gentlemanly manners, he gained the unanimous esteem of his brother-artists, among whom he counted several attached and affectionate friends. The death of many a man of greater note might leave fewer to regret it earnestly than that of George Hausmann, at the unripe age of 43.
AFTER such a season as this, who would not like to pass a quiet month at Baden-Baden? A quiet month! That is not so easy in the midst of fetes projected and set in motion by the indefatigable M. Benazet—M. Edouard Benazet, a worthy son of his father — fetes patronized, bodily and spiritually, by the Grand Duke, and divers of the court of Russia, with other notable personages hereditary and mediatised. No! a quiet month is out of the question at Baden-Baden, unless in the winter, when its superfluous population has dispersed, and the number of its inhabitants is reduced to something like half-a-dozen thousand.
Afler such a season as this, however, who would not like to spend a month at Baden-Baden, the prettiest, the sunniest, the hilliest of Spas? The present season, thanks to the exertion of M. Benazet—architect, embellisher, and sole director of that splendid palace, the Maison de Conversation—is more than usually brilliant. Baden-Baden was never fuller, never gayer. A parterre of laughing villas, and sparkling fountains, and many-coloured gardens, whether by day, when the sky is as gold, or by night, when the sky is as silver—when the sunbeams dance or the moonbeams play, upon the tops of the trees that cast their grateful shadows over the swardy environs — Baden is equally a little paradise. Tho women are butterflies, glad in fine weather ; at night their eyes are glow-worms in mid air ; at noon they stroll to the Trinkhalle, luxuriously listless—
"gorgeous insects, floating motionless, Uneonscious of the day."
People from all climes and in all costumes—of all habits and of all tastes—of all idiosyncracies and of all followings — assemble at Baden-Baden in the summer months. From this large swarm of pleasure-flies it is not easy to discover the preponderance of any one race — though, perhaps, the English and French are just now in the majority, while there are also of Yankees "greater manyer" than customary.
Music is always a special feature in the fetes of BadenBaden. In this most popular and humanizing of recreations M. Benazet has afforded his patrons many a delightful treat. A few years ago he got up a famous concert for the celebrated horn-player, Vivier, when that most inimitable of humourists was aided by the magnificent and munificent Jenny Lind, and the audience was composed of one-third crowned heads, one-third scions of royalty, and one-third opulent visitors; and Vivier left Baden-Baden crowned with laurels and laden with five hundred guineas worth of specie. This year, if we are to credit rumour, the attractions will be more than usually novel and brilliant. The
superb and incomparable Alboni, it is said, will appear, and —Lumleo volente—the grand and magnificent Titiens, the bruit of whose Valentine and Donna Anna has sounded in every hill and valley, in every city, town, and village of the continent.
To reach Baden-Baden from London involves the easiest and pleasantest, and doedalest of tours. Once at Ostend, and all the disagreeable part of the route is accomplished. You then visit Old Bruges and its towers, Malines and its laces, Louvain and its Hotel do Ville, Ghent and its churches, Liege and its quays. You shoot through the hills to Verviers by the many-tunnelled railway, passing Claude Fontaine, Pepinster, and many a charming spot. You sleep at Aix-la-Chapelle, with Carolus Magnus, not stopping to drink water at the Cathedral. You spend a night at Cologne, and pay homage to the supreme Dome by the light of the moon. You pass immediately to Bonn, dine at tho "Golden Star," with a real bottle of Geisenheimer; walk to the Minster-platz; glance at the frowning effigy of Beethoven, a giant in stone, and pass through the vines to Godesberg, where, if the weather be hot, you may repose under the hoary ruins of the Castle. A little boat now takes you over the Rhine to Konigswinter, and, having climbed tho Drachenfels, you row across to Nennenwerth, where Liszt did not come to dinner. Here you get at once into the dampschif, pass the Roman Andernach, Coblentz, and Ehrenbreitstein, the "fort of forts" Stolzenfelz, and the Loreley-beg, that inspired poor Mendelssohn with ideas for the stage; sweep by Mainz, with a sneer for its garrison ; disdain the clean and straight streets of Mannheim, not even tarrying to pay homage to the statue of Goethe at Frankfort-Maine—until you find yourself at last safely sheltered under the crumbling walls of the magnificent Chateau of the Counts-Palatine. Hero you confide yourself to Morpheus's embraces; and the next morning, after a good breakfast and a bottle of Hockheimer, you proceed on your course, and in a brief interval find yourself at Baden-Baden, the goal of your desires. At the best hotel you call for a bottle of Johannisberg, which will be brought to you "in the guise of some first-rate Rudesheimer— note that Johannisberg is purely a myth—which wellflavoured beverage you quaff while ruminating retrospectively on the scenes and objects you have encountered on your journey.
THE introduction to this country'—by Prince George Galitzin, at his interesting concerts in St. James's Hall— of some of the operatic music of Glinka, has materially elevated Russia as a musical nation in the eyes of amateurs and professors who previously knew nothing whatever about it. The following extract from a private letter — dated, "St. Petersburg " — will show, moreover, that the death of Glinka (1857) has not left Russia destitute of composers for tho theatre :—
"The Cirque, at prejent the theatre of Her Imperial Highness the Grand Duchess Marie, is nearly completed. The internal fittings are in a style of unusual magnificence. Kich gilding, comfortable boxes, broad flights of stairs, and vast corridors, connecting the different stories with each other, render this theatre one of the most magnificent edifices of the kind in Europe. According to report, it is intended principally for the performance of Russian operas, of which, it is said, there are several new ones ready. An opera called The Prisoner of the Caucasus is in preparation. The subject is taken from Pouschkin's poem, while the music is the first effort of M. Kui. an officer in the Guards. It is rumoured, also, that another opera, under the title of Natacha, by tho Russian composer, Villebois, has been put in rehearsal. Those connoisseurs who^have heard fragments from this work, at various private parties in St. Petersburg, have spoken of them in terms of high praise."
These arc good tidings, inasmuch as the character of the Russian national melody is such as to present a world of fresh resources to composers worthy of the name; while Russian history and Russian legend otfer inexhaustible materials to the ingenious and experienced dramatist.
Her Majesty's Tiieathe.—On Tuesday evening, the last night of the subscription, there was a performance, in length and variety recalling those memorable "long Thursdays" in which Sir. Lumley, dating from as early a period as 1844, used once a week to crowd together all his attractions, operatic and choregraphic. The entertainments began with Lucrezia Borgia — Lucrezia, Mile. Titiens; Maffeo Orsini, Mad. Lcmaire; Alphonso, Signor Gassier; and Gcnnaro, Signor Mongini. It was the last appearance of Signor Mongini. The professional services of this gentleman being required at Milan, he is unable to remain for the extra nights, which (in accordance with a custom perhaps "more honoured in the breach than the observance ") are to follow the regular season, and to keep the house open for an indefinite period. The opera was very favourably received, and Signor Mongini— who sang so admirably, especially in the death scene, as to make the necessity of finding a substitute for him in future representations of Ohcron a matter of regret—was more than once recalled, with Mile. Titiens and M. Gassier.
Between the last two acts a scene from the ballet of Or/a introduced Mile. Amalia Ferraris —who, since her last appearance at Her Majesty's Theatre, a good many years ago, when a mere beginner, hoa risen to the highest eminence among European dancers. This lady, now a consummate mistress of her art, combines a marked originality with all the best qualities that constitute the perfection of Terpsichore.TM display. At present, however, we can merely add that she achieved a success as unequivocal as it. was well merited, and that she was twice summoned before the curtain at the end of her performance in an elaborate pas de deux with M. Chapuy (also a new importation).
The last act of Lncrczia was succeeded by a further novelty, in the shape of Meyerbeer's celebrated "Shadow Song," given by Mad. Marie Cabel with such fluency, neatness, grace, and brilliancy of execution as to raise the enthusiasm of the house and elicit a unanimous recall, although it was nearly midnight when she made her appearance. Mad. Cabel (whom all our musical readers must remember) has apparently lost none of those attractions which made her so distinguished a favourite when " Opera Comique" reigned paramount at the St. James's Theatre; but this she will have a better opportunity of showing in the Figlia del Rcggimento to-night.
"It is some years," says a contemporary, "since we have seen Mad. Marie Cabel in London, and we are glad to find that time, so far from exercising any deteriorating influence upon her, has ] not merely improved the quality of her voice, but has also given the final perfecting touch to the vocalisation that was already above reproach. Although Mad. Cabel did not make her appearance till considerably more than half-past eleven o'clock, and then only sang the 'Air de 1'ombre,' from Le Pardon, she was enthusiastically applauded, and more than justified the choice of the not easily satisfied composer, who entrusted her with the original impersonation of the heroine of his last opera. Mail. Cabel's voice is singularly even and equal in quality throughout its entire compass; and nothing can exceed her brilliant and absolutely perfect execution of the difficult cadences in the Shadow song, nor can anything surpass in delicacy the deliciously-modulated shake with which she concludes the air."
To conclude, the entertainments'of this (very) "long" Tuesday wound up with " God save the Queen," in which all t he principal singers (except Mile. Titiens) took part.
Royal Italian Oi-eba.—Meyerbeer's grand opera, Le Prophete, was produced on Thursday night for the first time in the new
theatre, with a splendour and magnificence that we believe has never yet been equalled. We must, for the present, be satisfied with announcing that Signor Tamberlik made his first appearance this season in the character of Jean of Lcyden, that his singing was as much distinguished as formerly for correctness, vigor, and energy, and his impersonation of the mock prophet characterised by a manliness which invested the character of the impostor-prophet throughout with wonderfully sustained interest. "Tamberlii's John of Leyden"—says the Morning Post—" is well known to our public, who have long justly regarded it as one of his Yery greatest efforts; and never did he play the very arduous character more finely than on the present occasion. All the great' points' of the part were 'taken,' as formerly, with an unquestionable appreciation of their merit; and the 'Re del cielo,' in which the marvellous voice of Tamberlik, animated by truly heroic ecstacy, gives out those famous B and C naturals di petto, with a force which makes the ' vaulted roof rebound,' again created what the Italians would call a furore, quelled only by the reappearance of the singer twice before the curtain at the end of the act to which the air in question forms the finale." Mile. Csillag gives evidence of additional powers in every part she undertakes, and her delineation of Fides will place her in a higher position than she has yet occupied. To appear in a character which some of the most consummate singers of the day have stamped with their individuality, indicates no small ambition; but Mile. Csillag has proved her.-elf capable of grappling with the extraordinary difficulties of a very arduous task, and of grasping the salient characteristics of the most original and masterly creation of the lyric drama, lierta was carefully performed by Mile. Corbari. Signor Taglianco looked as if he had stepped out of a picture by Velasquci, and sang unexceptionably the music allotted to Count Oberthal; and the three Anabaptists were admirably represented by Signors Neri-Baraldi and Polonini, and M. Zelger. The scenery, costumes, and mise-en-scene are even more splendid and complete now than when the original production ol Le Prophete, eleven years ago, was the town-talk of the season. From the Cuyp-like beauty of the opening view to the massive grandeur of the cathedral interior—cleverly taken at the junction of the south transept and the choir, thus giving the effect of unlimited extent—each scene was exquisite in itself, and gained an effect by the constant changes of the crowd of auxiliaries, who always—and as if by instinct, so thoroughly were they drilled—formed into harmoniously-balanced groupings. The skating scene, of course, was the main feature of the scenic display, and the "Quadrille des Patineurs" was so exceedingly well managed that it was enthusiastically encored. The dancing of Mad. Zina in the fM de eleia was absolute perfection. We have no doubt that, placed on the stapi with such profuse magnificence, Le Prophete will now, after its five years' banishment, be a great and continued success.
THE BRASS BANDS AT THE CRYSTAL
"TnE Great Brass Band Contest," "The Great National Contest," "The Sydenham Contest," and "The People's National Festival," as it has been indifferently called, came off on Tuesday and Wednesday, and was a decided success. On the first day, when half-a-crown was the charge for admission, nearly 7000 persons assembled; and on the second, a shilling day, over '22,000. The preliminary contest on each day commenced in the grounds, from ten until half-past two, when the whole of the competing force congregated in the Great Handel Orchestra, and played the following selection, under the direction of Mr. Enderby Jackson:—" Rule Britannia;" "Hallelujah" (Handel); "Wed; ding March" (Mendelssohn); "The heavens are teUin^" (Haydn); "God save the Queen." The forty-four bands included about 1200 players, and the effect of their united powers was literally deafening. The precision and correctness of the immense body of instrumentalists was remarkable, considering how few opportunities they could have had of rehearsing together. Mr. Enderby Jackson directed, and proved a most admirable and energetic general. The new monster-gong-drum, seventeen feet in diameter, manufactured expressly for the Bauds Festival, and played in furious reverberations by Messrs. Charles Thomson, of the Crystal Palace Band, and Middleditch, of the London Rifle Brigade, constituted a most worthy accompaniment to the brass thunders. On the Tuesday, the "Wedding March" from A Midsummer Nighfs Dream, and the National Anthem, were encored; and on the Wednesday both these pieces, with "Rule Britannia." After this grand ensemble, the twelve best bands selected from those who had exhibited in the grounds had to contend for the prizes in rotation in the Great Orchestra, before the judges, who pronounced their decision accordingly. On the first day forty-four bands appeared on the platforms, terraces, and various parts of the grounds. They were divided into sections of seven or eight bands, each section having three qualified judges to decide as to their fitness to compete for the prizes. The twelve candidates on the first day were — " The Saltaire " band (maintained by Mr. Titus Salt, of Bradford), who played a selection from Lucrezia Borgia; "The Cyfarthfa" band (from Messrs. Crawshay's Ironworks, South Wales, and from the ranks of which came the celebrated ophicleide player, Mr. Hughes, introduced to the public by the late M. Jullien, and other good performers), who executed a selection from Mr. Balfe's Bondman; "The Deighton Mills" band, who gave a selection from JErnani; "The Witney " band, who essayed their powers in a selection from Trovatore; "The Stanhope " band, a selection from Preciosa; "The Chesterfield" band (in the costume of the Chesterfield Ritles — Sir Joseph Paxton's regiment), selection from the Trovatore; "The Staley-Bridge " band, the overture to Guillaume Tell; "The Dewsbury" band (the crack band of Yorkshire), selection from Preciosa; "The Blackdyke Mills" band (a subscription band, supported by the wealthy proprietor of the mills), selection from Preciosa'; "The Ackrington" band (the champion band of Lancashire, which has carried off all the county prizes), the overture to Nabucco; "The Holmfirth Temperance" baud, selection from Trovatore; and "The Darlington Saxhorn" band (generally known as the Catholic Band, and which plays sacred music exclusively), the " Kyrie Eleison" and "Gloria" from Haydn's Mass, No. 2. The prizes were:—1st, £40, in] money, together with a splendid cup for the bandmaster, also a magnificent champion contre bass in E flat, value thirty-five guineas, presented by Mr. Henry Distin, of Great Newport Street; 2nd prize — £25, in money; 3rd prize — £15; 4th prize — £10; 5th prize — £5. These were awarded to the following bands in the order in which we name them :—" The Blackdyko Mills," conductor, Mr. S. Longbottom, leader, Mr. T. Galloway. "The Saltaire," conductor, Mr. Richard Smith, leader, Mr. W. Turner. "The Cyfarthfa," conductor, Mr. R. Livesey. "The Darlington Saxhorn," conductor, Mr. Henry Hoggett; and "The Dewsbury," Mr. John Peel.
On Wednesday seventy-two bands entered the lists, and, as on the former day, underwent a preliminary examination by the judges. The twelve bands qualified to contend for the prizes were as follows: — "The Brighouse," "The Chesterfield," "The Haywood Amateurs," "The Goldshill Sax-Horn," "The Keighley," "The Huddersfield," "The Darwen Temperance," "The Dawley Green," "The Cyfarthfa," "The Dewsbury," " The Mossley," and "The Meltham Mills." The prizes were : — 1st, £30, in money, together with a silver cup for bandmaster, also a complete set of "Boosey's ..Brass-Band Journal," sixteen volumes, bound, value twelve guineas, presented by Messrs. Boosey and Sons; 2nd, £20, in money; 3rd, £15; 4th, £10; 5th, £5. These were severally adjudged to "The Cyfarthfa" band, conductor, Mr. It. Livesey; "The Dewsbury," conductor, Mr. John Peel; "The Goldshill Sax-Horn" band, (from Mr. James Bagnall's iron-works, Staffordshire,) conductor, Mr. J. Blandford; "The Chesterfield" band, (who, in the costume of the Derbyshire Rifles, gave a selection from Lucrezia Borgia) conductor, Mr. H. Slack; and "The Meltham Mills " band (who played the "Hallelujah Chorus "), conductor, Mr. H. Hartley, leader, Mr. Cyrus Mills.
In addition, two special prizes were given: a beautiful electroplated cornet-a-pistons, by Antoine Courtois, presented by Messrs. Chappell and Hammond to the best soprano cornet player of the two Jays' contest; and one of Boosey's best B flat cuphonions, electro-plated, presented to the bestbass player of the two days' contest, by Messrs. Boosey and Sons. The judges had some difficulty in coming to a decision on these two points ; and in the case of the
bass prize were compelled to have a separate contest on the
platform of the great orchestra, and ultimately awarded Messrs.
Boosey's splendid gift to John Walker of the "Cyfarthfa" band.
The judges were unanimous in awarding the cornet-a-pistons to
Mr. W. Blandford of the " Goldshill" band.
When the final award was made, Mr. Bowley, tho general
manager, proceeded in a few brief but appropriate words to hand
the prizes to the victors, and in doing so expressed the pleasure the Directors of the Company and himself, in common with the visitors, had felt in the complete success of this novel and interesting gathering, from which he augured most satisfactory results to the progress of music among the humbler classes. He tendered the thanks of the Company to the performers generally, who, though nearly all connected with our large manufacturing establishments, had devoted so much time to the cultivation of music. Mr. Bowley further acknowledged the liberal gifts of prizes by Messrs. Chappell and Hammond, Messrs. Boosey, and Mr. Drstin, and especially commended the energy and ability with which Mr. Enderby Jackson, of Hull, had organised and conducted the undertaking. The proceedings, which were of a most animated character, did not terminate till half-past eight o'clock.
DR. MARK'S COLLEGE OF MUSIC. Tub annual examination of the pupils resident within, and attending at, the Royal College of Music, took place on the 28th of June in the largo Lecture Hall of the College. As a more certain test of their abilities, it was considered desirable to have a written paper instead of a viva voce examination as formerly. Tho Rev. J. S. Sidebotham, M.A. chaplain of New College, and city lecturer at St. Martin's, Carfax, Oxford, and the Rev. J. B. Wilkinson, M.A., curate of St. John's, Manchester, very kindly undertook the preparation of questions and inspection of papers. The result was made known on Thursday at the institution.
The Rev. J. B. Wilkinson, addressing the boys, said, that although the first time they had been put to so severe a test as a written examination, he had much pleasure in the perusal of their papers ; many showed very considerable intelligence; all were highly satisfactory, while some (which he should preserve), were drawn up with such care, and showed such good sense, that he was quite surprised and delighted. The rev. gentleman in the kindest manner pointed out any faults he had discovered, in order that the boys might avoid them in future j and concluded by bearing testimony to their uniformly good conduct, and to the marked attention they paid to the religious instruction ho had given them on his weekly visits to the institution.
The Rev. J. S. Sidebothain said it gave him very great pleasure on the invitation of Dr. Mark to examine the school, and he was happy to say that tho inspection of the papers, although numerous and necessarily involving considerable trouble, had afforded him much satisfaction. It was to be expected that among the papors of boys so very young (the average age being ten years) would be found many erroneous answers. A few, however, were very amusing ; and on the whole they were very sensible, and indicated that the boys had profited by tho sound instruction they had received. As thus early evincing such intelligence, he felt a deep interest in them, and would bo delighted, with Dr. Mark's permission, to have an opportunity at the next examination of witnessing their further progress. The rev. gentleman then read over the names of the boys who had distinguished themselves in the examination, and stated tho number of marks each had obtained.
The Rev. W. Huntington said it always afforded him great pleasure to come among them, and ho was delighted to hear from tho rev. gentleman who had examined the papers that they had'so well acquitted themselves. Of their manners in general ho could not speak too highly, especially of their conduct at church, which was always most exemplary. He assured Dr. Mark that he took such interest in tho institution that he hoped to visit it even more frequently than hitherto.
Dr. Mark desired to express his best thanks to the reverend gentlemen for the great patience they had exorcised in tho examination, which for many days had occupied their valuable time. Ho assured them it had afforded him the highest satisfaction to learn that his " Little Men" had paid so much attention to their religious training, convinced that no education could be complete or effectual unless accompanied by tutoring the heart in the moral and religious duties of life. Dr. Mark then proposed three hearty cheers for the oxamincrs, which was warmly responded to by his " Little Men."'
At the close of the examination the masters and pupils presented to Dr. Mark a silver cup, bearing the following inscription :—" Presented to Dr. Mark, by the musters and pupils of the Boyal College of Music, as an affectionate token of regard. June 18, 1860." Also the following address :—"Dear Sir,— Will you kindly accept this present from the masters and pupils of the Royal College of Music, in testimony of their affectionate regard and esteem, and on this, the anniversary of your birthday, permit us to express our wishes for your future happiness, and for the prosperity of your great National Institution, in which we have derived so much benefit, both from your care and instruction, and spent so many happy days." Signed by 200 of the masters and pupils of the institution. Dr. Mark, returning thanks, said he felt very deeply this token of affection ; the expression of confidence was most cheering to him. He would spare no effort to add to the comfort and happiness of his young charges, and trusted they would zealously co-operate with his endeavours to raise the institution to the highest state of efficiency.
The examination in the musical department was, as usual, highly sncccssful; the ability of the "Little Men" was well sustained by the performance of a selection from Lurline, and other favourite pieces, including solos both by the least and most advanced pupils; all rendered with such precision and good effect as to call forth warm commendation. These interesting proceedings ended, the "Littlo Men" were regaled with plum pudding, cakes, &c., in commemoration of Dr. Mark's birthday; and after terminating a happy day with games and pastimes the boys repaired to their several homes to spend the holidays. The names of the boys who distinguished themselves in the examination are T. J. Ireland, J. Jones, Colbeck, Sibbit, King, Gribbin, Marsden, Field, Hawley, Green, Taylor, Wood, Fairbrothcr, Higginson, Wheatley, Brunner, Guest, and Shrive. The reports of the Examiners are subjoined:—" To Dr. Mark,—I have great pleasure in forwarding my report of the examination of your 'Little Men.' Their information was tested in the five Books of Moses, the Gospel of St. Luke, and the Church Catechism—doctrinally and practically, and I have very great satisfaction in saying that my expectations have been exceeded by the result. The papers evince very careful teaching on the part of the master, Mr Powell, and attention and perseverance on the part of your pupils; and from this, the first public test of their examination in general knowledge, I hopefully look forward to the next as calculated to afford you every encouragement to prosecute your great and laudable efforts for the more effectual development of the system you have at heart. I feel thankful that the community possesses an institution such as the Koyal College of Music, where, to a sound education in general knowledge, and the study and practice of music, a high moral training is joined, while the social comfort and well-being of the pupils is affectionately considered. I heartily wish you success in the great and good cause, and trust your efforts may meet with the return they so fully deserve.—Believe me. Dr. Mark, very faithfully yours, J. B. Wilkinson, Curate of St John's, Manchester."
"Having been requested by Dr. Mark to undertake, in conjunction with the Kev. J. B. Wilkinson, the examination of the boys under his care, I have great satisfaction in bearing testimony, both to the general intelligence of the school, and to the soundness of the instruction imparted. The subjects which came more immediately under my notice were Arithmetic, Geography, and English Grammar. I consider the papers generally creditable to the boys, with whose efforts I had every reason to be satisfied, especially that it is a formidable test even for men, much more for boys, to have placed before them a paper of questions unknown to them, with nothing but their memory to help them to the answers. I am decidedly of opinion that Dr. Mark's idea of combining instruction in music with the elements of general education, is not only a reasonable one, but one which, in the present instance, has been eminently successful, and which, I believe, if nationalised, would prove not only attractive, but of the highest service to the lower classes, as tending to rescue many a boy from vice, and, at the same time, to impart to many now without it, a sound, practical, and religious education, at a singularly inexpensive rate. Any benevolent person who may feel disposed to assist Dr. Mark in establishing similar institutions, in other parts of the United Kingdom, and so extend to other boys the benefits now enjoyed by a very limited number, which docs not exceed two hundred, would benefit not only the poorer classes, but, as the system has a tendency to raise tho boys from a low position to one of respectability and usefulness, society at large. — John~Samuel Sidcbotham, M.A., Chaplain of New College, Oxford, and Preacher at St Martin's, Carfax."
The Noblemen And Gentlemen's Catch Club. —One of the oldest musical clubs of the Metropolis closed its 99th season on the 6th instant, at the Thatched House, St. James's Street. The professional members present included Mr. Francis, Mr. Benson, Mr. Land, Mr. Cummings, Mr. M. Smith, Mr. Lawler, and the secretary, Mr. Orlando Bradbury. It is proposed to celebrate the centenary of this celebrated club next year.
Prince Galitzin's Second Russian Concert at the St. James's Hall achieved an extraordinary success, the audience not only trebling in number that of the first, but comprising the Site of the musical connoisseurs of the metropolis, who are so rarely seen in a concert-room, except upon some very special occasion. Applause under any circumstances is gratifying, but the genuine enthusiasm with which every piece was received, emanating, as it did, from such very critical hearers, must have been in the highest degree satisfactory to the illustrious chief, whose noble bearing and classical head would at once command attention and make him "the observed of all observers." As a proof of the warm appreciation manifested, there were no less than half-a-dozen encores ix a programme numbering fifteen pieces. Two choruses of Bortnianskv, "Sanctus" and "Te ergo;" an air of Glinka, sung by Mlk Parepa; Prince Galitzin's "Pater noster" and "Kozlow" Polka, the latter a delicious musical "sell," wliich would have made the fortune of poor Jullien; and Glinka's "Mazurka," charminglj played by Miss Arabella Goddard (who modestly contented herself by bowing in lieu of accepting the "bis"), were the moremi thus honoured. The least effective portions of the selection (no fault of the executants, however,) were the arrangement of Chopin's thtrie in F minor and "Les adieux de Schubert" (which, by the way, is not "de Schubert") both of which fell somewhat flatly, despite the best efforts of Mad. Sainton-Dolby, HerrenRies and Pollitzen, and Mr. Patey. In addition to the pieces already named, Prince Galitzin contributed the following of his own compositions : Chorus, "Sancta Maria ;" Komance for voice, Mad. Sainton-Dolby, with violoncello obbligato, Mons. Rene Donay; and the Herzen Vnlse, all of which showed that the Prince was as thoroughly at home in writing for, as he is in conducting an orchestra. Signor Mongini gave a solo of Glinka, from the Russian opera, Life of the Czar, and also joined Mile. Parepa and Mr. Patey in a trio, from the same pen. A Polacca for orchestra and chorus (Glinka again) brought this most interesting concert to a brilliant termination, and we are glad to learn that a third concert will take place on the 27th inst.
Mr. Lindsay Sixjper's Annual Morning Concert (June 2") took place at St. James's Hall, and was one of the most attractive of the season. With Mr. Sloper were joined, in the instrumental department, M. Sainton and M. Paque, and in the vocal, Mad. Lemmens-Sherrington, Mile. Artot, Mad. Sainton-Dolby, Jlr. Sims Reeves, and the English Glee and Madrigal Union. Mr. Sloper played Beethoven's Twenty-four Variations in D major; with Mad. Sherrington and Mr. H. Goodban, Gounod's Serenade for voice, pianoforte, and harmonium; with M. Sainton and M. Paque, Dussek's Trio in F major, for piano, violin, and violoncello; with M. Sainton, Spohr's Rondeau Brillant, in E major, lor piano and violin; three mazurkas, by Chopin; and some vervonpnal, piquant, and charming pieces of his own composition. The incomparable ease and finish of Mr. Lindsay Sloper's playing wff displayed to eminent advantage in Dussek's splendid trio, which on the whole was a grand performance on the part of the three executants. The trio was rescued from almost total oblivion bj Miss Arabella Goddard, who introduced it for the first time ra public in this country, at her matinee in St. James's Hall (jm1859), and recommended it at once and for ever to all lovers of genuine music and seekers of good music for the pianoforte. The trio excited the greatest attention, and made a real impression. A more faultless performance of Beethoven's fanciful variations we do not remember. If Mr. Sloper possesses one qualification more than another, it is that perfect fluency in which he has no superior. Moreover, his taste and refinement are remarkable, and the musical thinker invariably distinguishes his performance no less than the accomplished executant. The other morceaux played by him, besides those we have mentioned, were not less interesting. The Rondecm of Spohr, in which the playing of M. Sainton was faultless, was entitled to unreserved commendation. A solo on the violoncello, by M. Pnque, made up the sum total of the instrumental selection. The vocal music presented nothing novel or particular. Every artist chose a well