MR W. H. JUDE AT THE PUBLIC HALL.
« This eminent organist and song writer opened hia musical lecturing season in the Public Hall last evening to a large audience. Mr Jade has acquired a worldwide reputation through his aongs, and is establishing himself among colonials by many acts of disinterested philanthropy. Whatever might be said to the contrary Mr Jude's public career in the colonies has been one of goodwill towards all men and »n aarnest desire to inculcate a deeper and truer love of music among the people he has met. He has often and again given his services voluntarily for the benefit of various organisations, and has frequently divided the proceeda of his entertainments with charities and churches. Some unkind and unsympathetic people are bold enough to say that In all this Mr Jude has an ulterior motive ; bat if it is popularity that they imagine Mr Jude desires to acquire they forget that Mr Jude's name is everywhere where English song is sung ; and if it is money they imagine Mr Jude labors to amass, is Eh likely that Mr Jude would relinquish JJ1OO a- week from one of his publishers, and his various lucrative engagements as an organint at Home to endure all the (BCOBTeniences of a colonial tour for the
matter op a few pounds hardly earned ? Mr Judb's efforts are avowedly for the good of humanity, and he uses music as an instrument to win his audiences to a higher — a better and more lovable life. His chnifjes for admission are nominal, and when his fame na a musician is considered, entirely out of keeping with the excellence and worth of his entertainment. Mr Jude comes to Oamaru more as a musical evangelist than a mere exponent of song and musical technique After expressinghimself as sitisfied with tho success which had attended his career as an organist and composer Mr Jude once Baid " The ye inthat are before mo ought to be devoted, if possible to some work which will give encouragement to young men and women to lead nobler lives in the world thin they do at the present time." This, too, was the burthen of Mr Judo's lecture last evening, and in a lecture of an hour and a half's duration he made many telling points agunst the foibles and follies of young men. He denounced in trenchant Liugu-ige the wetkness of young men who learn to smoke and drink whisky, and bet, and gamble, and in general lead aimless and profitless lives, wasting their opportunities. Mr Judo utilises his powers of music to help him in his mission to do something for the uplifting and regeneration of those with whom he comes in contact, desiring that they should live nobler and better lives. Tlie Iectuier brings to his aid, apart from his great gift of music, scholastic wbihty and cultured elocution, and adding over all an undeniable earnestness of purpose and an intensity of soul r.uely exhibited upon a public platform. It is little wonder that Mr Jude has met with the warmest receptions wherever he has bepn, seeing that his mission is of such a pure and ennobling character. At his meetings all diflerences in belief, in creed, in doctrine are abandoned, and under his influence poople who hive never joined in any kind of worship warmly join in singing the hymns and songs when led by Mr Jude. A fter his opening remarks, he sang " The Erl King," a song familiar to the music loving public of Ottnaru, and a song which, as sung by Mr Jude, was most enthusiastically received. Mr Jude has a happy manner in narrating the connection of a hymn or song, and invariably has an apt anecdote to illustrate its effect. The hymn "Go When the Morning Shineth" was sung by tho whole congregation, aud at an interval in his 1. cture Mr Jude sang the " Three Ages of Love," by E. J. Logan, to illustrate a passage in his lecture, the audience joining with him in the refrain. Mr Jude delights ua while he sings and inspires to lofty aims and sublime thoughts. His singing of " The Old Arm Chair, ' a wellknown song, was a magnificent item, Mid received the warmest token of approhition. Then Mr Jude played as only Mr Judo cm play his fantasia on Scottish aiis, introducing several Sottish melodies in the march past (Ls Garde Passe) of a Highland regiment, Thi whole audience was delighted and wonderstruck at the far off and telling effects of such a masterly perform uice. Mr Jude received quite an ova' ion of applause. The concluding hymn "Sun of my Soul" was sung by tho whoie assemblage, and ! a refined and elevating entertainment was ! concluded. Mr Jude intends to lecture again to-morrow evening.
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