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By Arthur M. Bridgeman, Stoughton


The trip to Plymouth on August 20, 1921, by "Ye Stoughton Musical Society, Ye Oldest Musical Organization in ye Country, Organized November 7, 1786" to give an "Historical Musical Exhibition" at "Ye First Church, Plymouth, Massachusetts," was a great success in every way. The Musical Society in Stoughton joined with it and in all 69 members made the visit. Besides these there were local members from the branches of Brockton, Randolph, Braintree, Avon and North Easton, so that about 125 singers assembled in the church, which was filled to capacity by guests interested in such a concert as the programme promised. The members from Stoughton, including President Ernest Southworth of the latter society, left the Town Hall at 12 :45, in three trucks and safely reached Plymouth about 3 o'clock, according to the speed of their truck.


First on the programme were the old songs of "Portland, Montgomery and Greenwich," which were followed by a little story of "Why We Are Here," by President Joseph Belcher, of Randolph. He briefly sketched the origin of the society, compared the music of those days with the modern "jazz'' music and some of the old religious songs with those of modern times, such as "Brighten the Corner Where You Are," and said the members were there in keeping with traditions of the organization and to get the inspiration that comes from such a gathering. His story was listened to very attentively and was liberally applauded.


Then came "Chester," "David's Lamentation," "Sons of Zion," and they were followed by a tenor solo by Lawrence Emery, Handel's "Where'er You Walk," who received an encore. "Victory," "New Jerusalem" and "Strike the Cymbal" were given by the chorus and then Miss Corinne Tileston pleased the audience with a violin solo. The next selections of the chorus were "Invitation," Turner, "Ode on Science;" and "Child of Mortality." Mrs. Evelyn Burgess, soprano, then sang, most acceptably, Mendelssohn's "Hear Ye, Israel." The familiar and time-proven "Jerusalam, My Glorious Home," followed.


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