This delightfully unique silver medal was given as a prize at the Grand Music Festival which was held in Rhyl, Wales, Great Britain on Thursday August 11th 1881. Rhyl is a seaside town on the North-East coast of Wales; in the town's heyday it was a popular Victorian holiday destination.
This elegant silver medal was awarded to the conductor William Williams Esq, of Summerfield, Rhyl. The event featured prominently in the local newspaper ‘The Rhyl Advertiser’, of August 13th 1881. The article read as follows
‘On Thursday a grand musical contest and festival comprising vocal, instrumental, orchestral, and choral competitions, was held under distinguished patronage at the skating rink.’ 'Grand Concert. Was held under the presidency of William Williams, Esq, Summerfield. This part of the day’s proceedings reflected the greatest credit upon the committee, for a better arranged concert was never held in Rhyl.’ ‘The prize was accordingly divided between Llangollen (Mr W. Williams, leader), and Denbigh (Mr T. B. Jones, leader) – a medal to be presented to both conductors.’
Measuring: Diameter 1.5 inch (3.8 cm) by height 2.25 inch (5.8 cm). Weight 17g.
The text on the medal reads ‘Grand Musical Festival. Rhyl. Aug. 11 1881. Choral Competition, 1st Prize £25 & Silver Medal To Conductor Presented To W. Williams.’ £25 was a large prize in 1881, equivalent to £2000 today!!
William Williams (born in 1833) was married to Lucy Williams and lived in a grand Victorian villa called ‘Summerfield House’ on the Brighton Road, Rhyl. We have found the original ‘Rhyl Record and Advertiser’ July 6th 1901 newspaper article listing the auction date of his house and its possessions.
Condition: Minor surface wear commensurate with age. Unmarked but tested as silver.
This is a fascinating little item that will make the perfect curiosity piece. The medal will display excellently suspended on a ribbon of your choice....it looks very handsome modeled by our antique teddy. It would also look superb in a small period frame.
This is the ideal gift for a music conductor or indeed anyone who loves music, or is looking for the most unique Christmas tree decoration.
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