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More treasures of 1884 history come to light

Ongoing research as part of the band’s Heritage Lottery Fund project continues to unearth plenty of great treasures from a proud, and occasionally, contentious history.

Not only has perhaps the earliest recorded contest adjudication been found, but so too have a number of intriguing newspaper articles and correspondence.

Letter of defence

The latest brace comes from 1884, with a spirited letter in defence of the band following a report on a march and demonstration as well as an advertisement for a forthcoming ‘Grand Concert’.

A letter of correspondence was addressed to the Editor of the South Wales Daily News on Friday 22nd August 1884 under the heading ‘The Mendacity of the Western Mail’.

Anonymously signed by ‘One of the Audience’, it attacks the newspaper’s recent report that stated Tredegar Brass Band was ‘less musical but a more noisy band than the one that led the Rhymney contingent’.

Wilful misrepresentation

The unknown supporter of the band writes: “Knowing that it would be futile to expect the Mail to insert a contradiction, may I call attention to their report of the great demonstration on the Franchise Bill which took place at Tredegar on Tuesday?

It stated that the Tredegar Brass Band, which headed the Tredegar contingent, was less musical but a more noisy band than the one which led the Rhymney contingent."

Not satisfied with willful misrepresentations, not only regarding the Tredegar demonstration, but also every other Liberal meeting, they must needs make an insidious attack upon the band which has distinguished itself by taking prizes at brass band competitions at Wrexham and other places.

To show their utter recklessness for friend and foe, they were in gross ignorance of the fact that some of the most prominent members of the band are Conservatives.

They also state that there were between 3,000 and 4,000 present, whereas 10,000 would be nearer the mark, and nine out of every ten were working-men, who sacrificed a day's work to assert their rights and to protest against the arbitrary and despotic conduct of Lord Salisbury.

I beg to thank you for your faithful account of the meeting, only that I think that your estimate of those present is under the mark."

ONE OF THE AUDIENCE

Tredegar, Aug. 20, 1884

Not satisfied with willful misrepresentations, not only regarding the Tredegar demonstration, but also every other Liberal meeting, they must needs make an insidious attack upon the band which has distinguished itself by taking prizes at brass band competitions at Wrexham and other places.


Concert promotion

Meanwhile, a month earlier the band had placed an advert in the Merthyr Express newspaper (above) for ‘A Grand Concert’ to be given at the Temperance Hall in Tredegar on August 7th – the proceeds of which were to go to the purchasing of new instruments for the band.

The advertisement gives details  

Temperance Hall, Tredegar.

A GRAND CONCERT WILL BE GIVEN ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 7th,

Under Distinguished Patronage –

Artistes Miss KETURAH EVANS (Eos Alma), a Pupil of Mrs. Watts-Hughes, London.

Miss MAUD HARDY, Tredegar.

Mr. E. ROBERTS, Solo Violinist, Cardiff.

Mr. WALTER PHILLIPS, Tredegar.

Mr. JOHN WALKER, Solo Ophecleide (by kind permission of W. T. Crawshay, Esq.)

Comique Mr. J. NOAKES (the Tredegar favourite).

THE TREDEGAR TOWN BAND, conducted by Mr. Tom Hardy, will play selections during the evening.

Proceeds towards Buying New Instruments for the Band.

Front Seats, 2s.; Second Seats, 1s.; Back Seats, 6d.

Tickets can be obtained of the Members of the Band and the leading tradesmen.

Artistes

Interestingly, one of the featured soloists was to be the renowned ophecleide player John Walker who played with the famous Cyfarthfa Band.

One can only wonder what jokes the ‘comique’, Mr J. Noakes, labelled as ‘the Tredegar favourite’ came up with...

Ongoing research as part of the band’s Heritage Lottery Fund project continues to unearth plenty of great treasures from a proud, and occasionally, contentious history.

Not only has perhaps the earliest recorded contest adjudication been found, but so too have a number of intriguing newspaper articles and correspondence.

Letter of defence

The latest brace comes from 1884, with a spirited letter in defence of the band following a report on a march and demonstration as well as an advertisement for a forthcoming ‘Grand Concert’.

A letter of correspondence was addressed to the Editor of the South Wales Daily News on Friday 22nd August 1884 under the heading ‘The Mendacity of the Western Mail’.

Anonymously signed by ‘One of the Audience’, it attacks the newspaper’s recent report that stated Tredegar Brass Band was ‘less musical but a more noisy band than the one that led the Rhymney contingent’.

Wilful misrepresentation

The unknown supporter of the band writes: “Knowing that it would be futile to expect the Mail to insert a contradiction, may I call attention to their report of the great demonstration on the Franchise Bill which took place at Tredegar on Tuesday?

It stated that the Tredegar Brass Band, which headed the Tredegar contingent, was less musical but a more noisy band than the one which led the Rhymney contingent."

Not satisfied with willful misrepresentations, not only regarding the Tredegar demonstration, but also every other Liberal meeting, they must needs make an insidious attack upon the band which has distinguished itself by taking prizes at brass band competitions at Wrexham and other places.

To show their utter recklessness for friend and foe, they were in gross ignorance of the fact that some of the most prominent members of the band are Conservatives.

They also state that there were between 3,000 and 4,000 present, whereas 10,000 would be nearer the mark, and nine out of every ten were working-men, who sacrificed a day's work to assert their rights and to protest against the arbitrary and despotic conduct of Lord Salisbury.

I beg to thank you for your faithful account of the meeting, only that I think that your estimate of those present is under the mark."

ONE OF THE AUDIENCE

Tredegar, Aug. 20, 1884

Not satisfied with willful misrepresentations, not only regarding the Tredegar demonstration, but also every other Liberal meeting, they must needs make an insidious attack upon the band which has distinguished itself by taking prizes at brass band competitions at Wrexham and other places.


Concert promotion

Meanwhile, a month earlier the band had placed an advert in the Merthyr Express newspaper (above) for ‘A Grand Concert’ to be given at the Temperance Hall in Tredegar on August 7th – the proceeds of which were to go to the purchasing of new instruments for the band.

The advertisement gives details  

Temperance Hall, Tredegar.

A GRAND CONCERT WILL BE GIVEN ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 7th,

Under Distinguished Patronage –

Artistes Miss KETURAH EVANS (Eos Alma), a Pupil of Mrs. Watts-Hughes, London.

Miss MAUD HARDY, Tredegar.

Mr. E. ROBERTS, Solo Violinist, Cardiff.

Mr. WALTER PHILLIPS, Tredegar.

Mr. JOHN WALKER, Solo Ophecleide (by kind permission of W. T. Crawshay, Esq.)

Comique Mr. J. NOAKES (the Tredegar favourite).

THE TREDEGAR TOWN BAND, conducted by Mr. Tom Hardy, will play selections during the evening.

Proceeds towards Buying New Instruments for the Band.

Front Seats, 2s.; Second Seats, 1s.; Back Seats, 6d.

Tickets can be obtained of the Members of the Band and the leading tradesmen.

Artistes

Interestingly, one of the featured soloists was to be the renowned ophecleide player John Walker who played with the famous Cyfarthfa Band.

One can only wonder what jokes the ‘comique’, Mr J. Noakes, labelled as ‘the Tredegar favourite’ came up with...

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