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MR. GERALD WALENN.

Mr Gerald Walenn, who is joining the staff of the New,. South Wales Conservatorium of Music as ■ a teacher of the violin, was a leader of the Walenn String Quartet, which had many successful seasons in London some years ago before Mr Walenn migrated to the Adelaide Conservatorium of Music. Associated with Mr Walenn in the quartet were Mr James Lockyer, and later Mr Lionel Tertis, who is now a very celebrated player of the -viola. The 'cellist was Mr Herbert Walenn, now a famous teacher in London, to whom many celebrities come for advice; and Mr Herbert Kinze was thf second violin. The quartet Avas organised in IJXI4. and, in addition to seasons in London, toured throughout Great Britain. At the London concerts many new works were introduced under the supervision of the composers, among whom were numbered Rachmaninoff, Glazounoft', and Walford Davies. Mr. Gerald Walenn is an Englishman, and was born in London. He commenced to study the violin at the age of 8 years. At 12 he was sent to the Roval Academy of Music, London, where he became a pupil of Mons. Prosper Sainton, upon whose death Mons. Emile Sauret was appointed principal violin teacher at the Academy, and Mr Walenn studied with him'for four years, gaining all the awards for violin playing within his reach. Mr Walenn has given violin recitals in London, and was one of the first violinists to play at the Queen's Hall Sunday afternoon concerts. He has toured Great Britain several times as solo violinist, once in one of the well-known Harrison companies. He also made a. long tour through the United States of Canada. Early in his career he had the honour of a "command" to play to Queen Victoria at Osborne, and was afterwards presented to the Queen. Owing to the war, the Walenn String Quartet was disbanded. In 1916 Mr. Walenn, being over military age, was in one of the firing-line concert parties sent out through the Lena Ashwell fund. His party of four men gave 50 concerts along the front, many of which were given to Australian troops. In 1.917 he accepted the position of violin instructor at the Adelaide University Elder Conservatorium, where he has been until this ye^r. when he visited London after an absence of six years. During this visit he gave a violin recital in the Aeolian Hall. Mr Walenn plays on a beautiful Stradivari violin, dated 1718, iv almost perfect condition. He has also a fine Pressenda. He is a brother to Charles AValenn, who visited Australia two years ago and toured in Williamson's Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company. Mr. Walenn's entire musical education was undertaken by a wellknown benefactor of British musicians, the late Mr. John Rutson. He is proud to have studied the violm with two such great masters as Sainton and Sauret. Sainton was a pupil of the great French violinist and conductor Habeneck and was noted for his breadth of style, whioli

was characteristic of the pure old ! French school. Sauret «as one of de Beriot's last pupils, after .which he became a pupil of the great Vieuxtemps (Ysaye's master). Later Sauret went to Wiemawski, with whom he was a favourite pupil. Needless to say, i both Sainton and Sauret had European , reputations, and in - their prime were ' second to none in their respective styles. Jf c ,

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MR. GERALD WALENN., Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume XLIV, Issue XLIV, 8 March 1924

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MR. GERALD WALENN. Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume XLIV, Issue XLIV, 8 March 1924

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