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The protest committee of the City of Sydney Eisteddfod met for the first timo yesterday since the eisteddfod was opened, when two protests were dismissed. They had been lodged against the winners of the operatic scenes In costume and the light soprano section, on the grounds that Leah Morris, of Newcastle, was a professional sinrer.
There were 16 sections during the day and evening, and judging took place In seven city halls. The large audiences indic-ited that keen public interest Is being maintained in the various contests.
After Mr. Harold Waters had tiven his decision In the vocal solo for boys and girls under 8 years, one mother protested that the mother of the winner had helped her daughter by humming the test piece, "Rockabye." while her child was nerformlne.
I The officials told her that the mother who
was alleged to ha\e offended was seated six rows back- from the stage and her humming could not have been heard bv her cnild Later the mother withdrew her complilnt
In Emerson Hall last night the senior edjudicator in the elocutionary section Mr F Clewlow heard the «ccond botch of the 24 te-ms entered for the one act p'ay and agpin he wai imprep,;ed with the work of the competitors Duiing the afternoon Mr Clewlow maoe the comment when juaglnp the \erse speaking under 12 that he vas struck by the promise of the competitors lather than their achievement People lead in, the child mind he said should hav» some acquaintance with the work they taught the children We are more than half way to real success In the childrens classes he added but they lune not yet developed enough rvthmic response There must be a little more response to the movement and there Is no need for the dull monotony of tone Later on in another section Mr Clevlow said that he hoped veise-speaklng instead of elocution had come to stay Elo- cution had had Its day but verse speaking would encourage a better standard of English in ordinary speaking
The second round of the A and B grade debates took place at the School of Arts Hall The finals are fixed for S°ptember 7
The programme at to days three sessions will be \aried and many championships will be included Six halls will be used The second batch of the 95 competitors in the womens oratorio will be judged and the finals will take place on September 7 There will be more verse-speaking for jmeniles, mouth-organ juvenile and open championship, cello solo under l8 piano solo (restricted) under l8 bass \ocal championship open violin championship dramatic soprano cham- pionship piano championship under 21 and tenor solo championship In the evening at the Arts Club the second group of one
act plays will be juoged and at the Schorl of Arts Hall the second round of the B gr_«.e debate and the Impromptu speech (B grade) will be taken
The last batch of the 63 competitors in the womens operatic section appeared before Mr Haydn West in No 2 Assembly Hall in the evening and the first 40 of the 63 competitors in the men s operatic section were also heard
Verse speaking for boys and girls und»r 12 open (adjudlcato- Mr Frank Clewlow) Wendy Brunton Gibb (Flvedockl 167 points 1 Betty Phelan (Wall- send) 162 points 2 Joy V Stapleton (Brighton le
Sands) Esme McEnlff (Harris Park) Rodney Smith (Hurstvlllei 157 points equal 3
Vocal solo for boys and girls under 12 (adjudica tor Mr Haydn Westl Billie Balley (Hamilton) 87 points 1 Beryl Hardy IBexleyl 86 poirts 2 Iris Selby (Randwickl Keith Clump (Cammerij) Shirley Ward (Dulwich Hill) 85 points equal 3
Vocal solo for boys and gi-ls under 8 (adjidlca tor Mr Thorold Waters) Patricia Burrlngton (Arn- cliffe! 7o points 1 Jean Case (Bexley! 72 points 2 Betty Smith (Bexley) 71 points 3
Sacred solo for boys and girls under 16 (ad- judicator Mr Haydn Westl Bobble S c\ens (S\d neyi 90 points 1 Joyce Clemens (Marrlckvll e
88 points 2 Mary Thomas (\bbotsfordl Joyce St elton (Bexley) 87 points equal 3
City of Sydney \ocal championship for girls 16 to 21 (adjudicator Mr Thorold 1\ iters) Joj Le Atkins (Canterbury! 90 points 1 Jenn Bushell iBexleji 89 points 2 Peggy Hanne» (Hamilton 79 points 3 and winner of special prise lo \ ¡sit- ing comp-titor gaining highest ma-ks F!I-T Peter- sen (Lane Cove) Catherine Williams i Sydney I hlfrhly commended
Th" adjudicator stated that some of the competí
tors lost points by select na songs by composers who were not British The «Inner began her song with a real sense of atmosphere and presen ed It beautifully showing perfect rhjthm tone atmosphere and nuance
City of Sydney pianoforte championship over 12 and under l8 (adjudicator Mr John Bl ho» Valdn Aveling iRoseilllci 170 points 1 val Sullivan (Red Hill Q Id) 165 points 2 Suzanne Hailing (Mos
man) 164 points 3 The test pieces were Fantas i In c Minor (Bach) and Minuet (T Hutchens) and out of the 59 competitors five finalists were chosen
Operatic Solo for Ladles Voices age limit JO ( Sun prlrei £50 cash The winner to be offe ed an engagement by the Australian Brop-casUng Commission and an engagement by the L hoi ty Theatre Adjudicator Mr Haydn West Final ists Merle Ambler (New Lambton Phillis C Thomson (Eppingl Ruth Scott (Svdnev) Ruby Zlotkowski (Manly) Very hlgily commended
Myra Hardenack (Preston Victoria) and Marie Ryan (Sydney!_