Huddersfield Chronicle (09/Dec/1893) - Concert at Meltham
Concert at Meltham.
Mr. Edward Haley's concert party gave a grand concert, on Monday evening, at the Carlile Institute, the artistes being :— Vocalists, Mr. E. Haley and Master Herbert Binns (solo chorister at the Huddersfield Parish Church) ; solo violin, Mr. George W. Pearce, with Mr. Verdi Wood (pupil of Mrs. Edward Haley) as pianist. Mr. Haley sang "The wanderer's return," "Were I the streamlet," and "Off to Philadelphia," with fine effect, being loudly encored for the latter song, and acquiesced by singing another. He possesses a splendid baritone voice, which he uses to great advantage. Master Binns' songs were Mascagni's "Ave Maria" (from "Cavalleria Rusticana") and a piece from Adams' "Holy City." This young vocalist completely captivated the audience, who loudly applauded, and would not be denied until he reappeared and sang another song. He had a most flattering reception. His sweet treble voice is used by him in a masterly style. Mr. G.W. Pearce gave two solos on the violin with capital taste, and in the violin and pianoforte duet, "Guillaume Tell," he showed a thorough mastery of his instrument. The pianist (Mr. Wood) had plenty of work to do, and he did it well. He played several difficult pieces splendidly, finishing up the concert with the "Wedding March," in which he displayed fine execution. He is young and unassuming, and all there when he touches the keyboard. The concert was thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. The room was well filled.