"On Valentine's Day, an invitation from the worthy Squire and Mrs Johnson to the friends and neighbours in and around the village of Farringdon, the spacious hall of Farringdon House, which, under the superintendence of Captain Johnson, had been arranged to seat from 150 to 200 guests, was well filled by a delighted gathering. Previous to the concert, the worthy host and hostess entertained the whole of the company at tea, and amongst the ladies and gentlemen who assisted at the tables were the Rector of Farringdon, Captain and Mrs E. Johnson, Mrs and M iss Atherton, Mrs Peppin, the Misses Peppin, Miss Kerr. Mrs and Miss Bloomfield, Mr E. C. Atherton etc.
The programme was well-arranged and varied. Miss Atherton's impersonation of "Little Buttercup" from HMS Pinafore would have delighted Messrs Gilbert and Sullivan, and her song "Caller Herrin" sung in character, was charmingly performed. Captain Johnson as an itinerant Ethiopian, created much laughter while his really beautiful performance on the "Bantaur" accompanied at the pianoforte by Mrs E. Johnson was a rich treat.
A selection of Irish and Scotch Airs - Miss Kerr
Hearts of Oak - Mr Edward Thomas - song with violin
"Forget, Forgive", a duet by Miss Atherton and Miss Peppin
A humorous duet - "The Christening" - sung by Mr and Captain Johnson
"The Kerry Dances" - sung by Miss Kerr
A Reading by the Rev. Mr Atherton.
Banjo solo - "Pompy's Wedding" played by Captain Johnson
Part 2 began with a duet by Captain Johnson and Miss Peppin "Who is that calling?"
Song - "The Three Beggars" by Mr E. C. Atherton
Song by Miss Atherton - "Little Buttercup"
Recitation by Mr F. Thomas
(A violin solo with pianoforte accompaniment followed)
Song "Who deeply drinks of wine? " By Mr E. Johnson
"Caller Herrin" sung in character by Miss Atherton
A comic Song by Captain Johnson
Reading by Rev. Mr Atherton - "The hole in the carpet"
The concert concluded with the whole of the company singing God Save the Queen. A vote of thanks was passed to the performers and after hearty cheers for Mr and Mrs Johnson, the company separated having spent an evening, the pleasure of which will not soon be forgotten. "