The Dalibor 20/5/1862 review, signed ‘-r-r.’, reported that the singers, including guest choral societies, members of Hlahol and of the choir of the Prague gymnastic society Sokol, had met in the hall ‘U Apolla’ (Apollina hall) and proceeded to Žofín Island where the production commenced at 6.30pm with a speech given by J. Jahn. The critic considered that ‘All the choruses were very prudently directed by Heller and Lukes, and were performed with fire; especially at the beginning [of the concert] when the singers were not fatigued, the performance was characterized by vigour and concision.’
“ with its felicitous ideas, „Cikáni
“ by Vogl with its pretty solo excellently performed by our national singer Mr Lukes, Wintr’s „Gdě je slavská domovina
“ to words by Kukuljević, Zvonař’s „Vzájemná
“ with its good working, Ludvík [Ludevít] Procházka’s double chorus „Vlasti
“ with wind instruments; finally „Lovecká
“ by Ed. Nápravník with its exhuberance, and that nationalist [znárodnělá] „Kde domov můj
“. In between the individual choruses the military music ensemble of the Imperial Infantry Regiment of Count Gyulaye performed various patriotic works. It is fitting to note that Žofín Island was decked with banners in national colours and with a decorated festival gateway, and was filled by the public. On the pretty festival gateway was a Czech lion with the name Hlahol. The entertainment, in which perhaps 5000 people participated, was such that it will long remain in memory. Telegrams were received with greetings from the country, from Moravia and from Vienna. At 9pm Prince Taxis left and was hailed with „Sláva!
“ and „Na shledanou!
“ from a thousand mouths. Let us say again with the splendid patriotic singers from the country „Na shledanou!
“ 62 singing societies were making an appearance in Prague, they were the following: Příbram, Rokycany, Nová Paka, Tábor, Dvůr Králové, Poland, Poděbrad, Slaný, Staré Boleslav, Pardubice, Strakonice, Nymburk, Turnov, Polička, Jaroměřice, Mšeno, Počátky, Vysoké Mýto, Česká Skalice, Louny, Kutná Hora, Čáslav, Mladá Boleslav, Josefův Důl, Jindřichův Hradec, Vodňany, Beroun, Kolín, Náchod, Ledeč, Hradec Králové, Chrudim, Litomyšl, Sedlčany, Semily, Terezín, Písek, Roudnice, Mělník, Netolice, Jičín, Klatový, Kardašova Řečice, Přelouč, Straž, Nové Benátky, Železný Brod, Nová Bystřice, Lomnice, Česká Třebová, Český Dub, Ústí nad Orlicí, Benšov, Prostějov, Přerov, Frenštat, Rožnov, Brno, Olomouc, Kroměříž, Opava, from Budišín in Lusatia „Lumír“.’
The Národní listy 22/5/1862 review of this concert, signed ‘Zvř [almost certainly J.L. Zvonař]’, deemed this concert, given by combined choral societies, to have been very successful. The article praised the content of the programme, noted that the performances of all the works were ‘perfect’, and related how ‘enchantingly touching’ was the effect of the first sounds from this ‘hundred-voice’ choir. A male-voice choir of such large dimensions the critic felt was unique in Prague, asserting that the city’s audience ‘for the first time had the opportunity to become acquainted with the magic that is made by many hundreds of male and manly voices’.
A review of the whole of the festival arranged by Hlahol was published by Lumír 22/5/1862. After describing the events of the first two days, the correspondent described the second concert being given on 18/5/1862: ‘The next day after the national concert took place on Žofín at 6.30 the combined entertainment given by the united Czech singing societies. Mr Přerhof gave a speech for the occasion written by J.V. Jahn „Pozdrav zpěváckým spolkům českomoravským“, after which followed more choruses perfomed by the chorus of singing societies with Hlahol; particularly excellent were: Veit’s „Na Prahu
The programme is reproduced in concert order according to the Dalibor 20/5/1862 and the Národní listy 22/5/1862 reviews. Both Nárdoní listy 4/6/1862 and Dalibor 10/6/1862 published news that following the payment of outgoings relating to the concert, around 1000zl remained to donate to the society Svatobor.
Although the penultimate item of the concert, Večerní, was described by the Dalibor 20/5/1862 report as being a choral arrangement by Zvonař of a ‘staročeská píseň’ (Old-Czech song), the Národní listy 22/5/1862 review, written by J.L. Zvonař himself, indicated that the song upon which the arrangement was based was actually by Eduard Nápravník.