|Rushden Echo, 30th November 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins
Christmas Parcels Fund - The Independent Wesleyans of Rushden Gifts for the Soldiers
The Independent Wesleyan School, Queen-street, Rushden, was packed to its utmost capacity on Monday night, when a fine concert, arranged by Mr A H Lawson, was given on behalf of “The Soldier Boys’ Christmas Gift Fund.” The Rev C J Keeler presided over an enthusiastic audience, which was privileged to hear a really first-class programme. The artistes, who, in view of the object, all kindly gave their services, comprised: Miss Eveline Harlow (soprano), Miss Doris West (contralto), Mrs Norman (elocutionist), Mr Bernard Tomkins (tenor), Mr G Pitchford (entertainer), the Independent Wesleyan Male Quartette, and the Independent Wesleyan Choir, under the conductorship of Mr A H Lawson. The pianoforte accompaniments were supplied by Miss May Percival, A.L.C.M., and Mr W T L Flood. All of the artistes gave of their best, encores were numerous and response generous.
The programme was as follows: Glee, It was a Lover and his Lass, Choir; song, In an old-fashioned Town (Squire), Miss E Harlow (encored); recitation, His Luck, Mrs Norman (encored); song, The Garden of your Heart (Davel), Mr B Tomkins (encore, Speed the Plough, Martin); monologue, Mr Beastly Eyeglass, Mr G Pitchford (Encore, Little Breeches); song, Mountain Lovers, Miss D West, aurtette, When Evening Twilight, Quartette Party; recitation, If I were a Man, Mrs Norman (encore, The Rehearsal); monologue, Proposals, Mr G Pitchford (encore, The Encore); glee, In his Hour of Softened Splendour, Choir; song, God send you back to Me, Miss D West (encore, Roses); recitation, The Sicilian’s Tale, Mrs Norman (encored); song, Good-bye (Tosti), Miss E Harlow (encored); quartette, Simple Simon, Quartette Party; song, Asra (Newton) Mr B Tomkins; monologue, Welshmen at a Football Match, Mr G Pitchford (encore, Lessons in Elocution); glee, O my Love is like a red, red Rose, Choir; duet, Miserere Scene from “Il Travatore” (Verdi), Miss E Harlow and Mr B Tomkins (encore, A Night in Venice, Lucanitone); recitation, Panning, Mrs Norman (encored); monologue, The Street Watchman’s Story, Mr G Pitchford; glee, Ye Mariners of England, Choir.