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MUSIC IN BRITAIN

NEW ZEALANDERS' SUCCESS

TENOR AND COMPOSER "In both the concert and lecture worlds in which I move, the prospects ahead are most encouraging.' Thus writes the well-known New Zealand tenor, Mr. Hubert Carter, from London to a friend in Auckland. Enclosed in the letter, which Avas dated June 2, was the programme of his recent London recital, held in the Wigmore Hall. Apart from the list of works performed, this disclosed that Mr. Carter has adopted the professional name of "Carta;" that the prices of admission ranged from 9/ to 3/; that the recital commenced at 7 p.m. (due, no doubt, to the operation of double summertime); and that the main feature was a work by a fellow New Zealander, Mr. Wainwright Morgan. "Wainwright Morgan's new work, 'In Retrospect,' written specially for this last recital, received an ovation," says Mr. Carter. "It is truly a lovely work. Takes 15 minutes to perform, and the three movements are continuous. 'Modern , in treatment and 'difficult' (although far from difficult to listen to) it. is teeming with beautiful melodies and fully deserved the ovation it received. Gerald Moore, who, as you know, is Britain s leading accompanist, was greatly impressed by it, and put in a great amount of time in preparing his piano part— the piano being of equal importance with the voice. The theme (mainly in praise of New Zealand and its beauties) is lofty in concept and in blank verse. It was a joy to sing, and I hope to perform it in New Zealand one of these days." After remarking that his concerts in the past season had been numerous, varied and most interesting, Mr. Carter proceeds: "I was glad to have done more choral works than ever. There is certainly much greater activity among the choral societies the last couple of years." Of his personal experiences in wartime he remarks: "It seems almost difficult to believe that one can go to bed each night without keeping the ears half-cocked for the. 'alerts. It has been a v?ry strenuous six years. Both my wife and I have been wardens throughout the time, and doing this as well as the professional work has been very .difficult— as all have found. Still, one jwst kept on 'keeping on,' and it is^remarkable, looking back on it that one just took it all for granted and saw nothing strenuous or exceptional about it at the time. We both had several narrow escapes, and our home suffered blast, with windows out and ornaments broken. Our ceilings have still to be repaired, but the joy of not having to do the black-out each night makes one overlook little things like hat. Gee! It will be Seat when the Jap business is over fnd some order and re-establishment of Europe allows us all to have a little taste of pre-war comforts and SU M^ h C S arter concludes by expressing the hope that musical activities are also on the "up and up" in New Zealand.

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MUSIC IN BRITAIN, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 176, 27 July 1945

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MUSIC IN BRITAIN Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 176, 27 July 1945

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