IT cannot be said that the less-than-a-year-old Aberdare Young Oxfam Group are not enterprising. They have tried everything in aid of charity from a fasting session, plus a 50 hours’ non-stop music-playing marathon and a midnight walk from Cardiff to Porthcawl.
They organised their seventh fund-raising scheme of the year at the Coliseum, when the Valley’s musical, acting and dancing talent was on view in an Oxfam concert of attractive variety which was representative of many ages.
The programme included the Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School Form I singers, conducted by Mr. J. Gethin Evans, of the school staff.
Mardy House School Brass Band, this year’s leading Youth Band in Wales, gave a four-piece programme which included a carol and “Puppet on a String”. The conductor was Mr. R. D. Mabey.
The Mount Folk Group sang four numbers and the Aberdare Girls’ Grammar School pupils presented a Modern Dance with Mrs. Griffiths as choreographer.
Rhidian Jones gave two piano solos, and a section of the Linwood Singers, Mountain Ash, a seasonal programme of songs and carols, accompanied by Mrs. Eirlys Jones.
John Canter, like Rhidian Jones, a pupil at the Boys’ Grammar School, played two violin solos, and Aldo Tirrito sang some operatic arias in his native Italian, accompanied by Mrs. Eirlys Jones.
The “Oxfam Opera”, a 20th century masque which ended the concert, was the work of two sixth-form Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School pupils, with music by Cyril Lloyd, who conducted, and libretto by John Fairfax, a highly promising combination.
It was up-to-date in content and theme, satirically treated, and with a modern musical accompaniment. It made a very favourable appeal and would have been much more effective if it had been more thoroughly produced. But it revealed talent of an unusual quality in the collaborators.
The concert was enjoyed by a very good audience, and proved that culturally and in financial support, all is not lost in the Aberdare Valley. Mr. J. Warren, Headmaster of the Boys’ Grammar School, praised the young group and the work which they are doing, and told any mothers present that they could be proud of them.
The compere was Mr. J. G. Evans.