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A New Zealand Tenor in England.

The following is an extract from a letter received by Mr E J. Hill, of Wellington, from Mr C. M. J. Edwards, who was for some time a leading amateur vocalist in Wellington, and who recently left Melbourne in company with a friend for London, on the advice of Mr Cowen, musical director at the Melbourne Exhibition:— “ There are very few tenors in London, I assure you, and only one in the front rank, Edward Lloyd, whom we have not heard as yet, as he has been suffering from a cold, a most unusual thing with him. Those we have heard are mediocre, I assure yon, but what I do notice is that music is much more artistic here than in the colonies. It is the refinement and delicacy that goes down, and they are better artists here than in the colonies. Madame Patey, the contralto, is magnificent. We have entrie to all concerts in London, through Mr Coweu, who is a bigger man here than I thought, so you will readily think I’ve done the correct thing. I am, of course, amazed at the vastness of the place, its buildings, traffic, etc., and am gradually getting to like it better, for at the outset the cold was severe, owing to my having just spent an Australian summer, and the tropical heat of the voyage, which, by the way, was most enjoyable. The atmosphere of London is frightful—not at all conducive to the clearness of one’s .bronchial 'tubes, and mine were a bit ‘off’ at the start, but I’m getting acclimatised. We are to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and have two lessons a week in voice production from Randegger. Our studies at the Academy will be harmony, piano, and Italian, so you see we will have enough to do. Randegger is much pleased with our voices, and I am surprised at the great interest bo is taking in us. Of course a great deal is owing to Mr Cowen’a influence, and 1 must confess that Mi Cowen is a very consistent man, and it is my firm belief that he will be (ht man in England presently. You are no doubt aware that he tendered to me the advice of going to England, unasked by me, which was therefore doubly gratifying. He also promised me his assistance in every way in Loudon, and we are constant visitors at his house. It would have been very foolish of me not to have come. Don’t you think so? I trust to be able to sing in London after a time,”

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A New Zealand Tenor in England., Evening Star, Issue 7928, 8 June 1889, Supplement

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A New Zealand Tenor in England. Evening Star, Issue 7928, 8 June 1889, Supplement