Huddersfield Chronicle (17/Feb/1894) - Carlile Institute, Meltham
Carlile Institute, Meltham.
A miscellaneous concert was given in the somewhat small but beautiful concert-room of the above institute, on Monday evening, in which the following persons took part :— Sopranos, Miss A. Cadwell, Miss J. Bottomley, Miss Kirby, and Master H. Bottomley ; contralto, Miss Cadwell ; tenor, Mr. J. Booth ; instrumentalists, Misses Briggs and Morten, Mr. Booth, Mr. J.W. Bradley, and Master J.W. Bottomley. The room was well filled by a very appreciative audience. The first item on the programme was a piano solo by Miss Morten and was carefully performed, as was also the one she gave at a subsequent period of the entertainment. Miss Cadwell sang "Casabianca" and "O'er the hills of Normandie" with much confidence. Mr. J. Booth sang two songs, viz., "Sweet Aileen" and "I'll take you home Kathleen" in a very creditable manner. He possesses a light tenor voice just suitable for this class of songs. The mandolin solo by Miss Briggs was very carefully and sweetly rendered. Though somewhat long it was well appreciated and received an encore, to which Miss Briggs replied with "Highland laddie" and "Home, sweet home." Miss A. Cadwell sang "The Holy City" splendidly and was deservedly encored. She afterwards gave "The Spanish gipsy," in which she showed remarkable power and strength of voice, no doubt the smallness of the room aided her to a great extent, yet she sang out with astonishing confidence and ease in one so young. The humorous part of the evening's entertainment was provided by Master H. and Miss J. Bottomley, youngsters of about 13 and 10 respectively. The manner in which they sang and mimicked the old duet, "Where are you going to, my pretty maid," gave great amusement. The boy had on a silk hat, and carried his walking stick and cigarette in masterly style, while the girl with her great white bonnet, three-legged stool and milking pail, performed her part saucily enough. The audience clapped and shouted continuously until they repeated it. Miss Kirby sang in a sweet, but tremulous, voice a song which the audience encouragingly encored. A piano and violin duet were creditably rendered by Miss Booth and Mr. J.W. Bottomley, after which a piano solo was given by Mr. J.W. Bradley, the execution of which was remarkably clever. Mr. Bradley accompanied many of the songs splendidly. The singing of the National Anthem brought a very enjoyable concert to a close.