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Mr W.H. Jude

This gentleman, whose name is familiar in musical circles throughout the world as that of an organist, song writer, and composer of rare ability, arrived in Invercargill from Hobart on Monday, and makes his first public appearance here on Friday evening. Mr Jade's musical genius was evidenced at a very early age, and when only in his fourteenth year he gained his first triumph by playing successfully against a large number of the leading resident and non-resideut professors in Liverpool, the prize being an important post, which was decided by a series of competitions so arranged as to teat to the full the executive skill of the aspirants. As time went on our visitor added fresh laurels to his faa*e, and received a number of firstclass appointments in connection with churches and other public institutions in England, eventually winning recognition as second in rank only as an organist to Mr Beat, the finest player of the instrument in the world, and for whom Mr Jude has acted at several great musical festivals, and that most ably. Early in his career recitals were given by him at St. George's Hall, LivereK>l, (he Crystal Palace, London, the City all, Glasgow, and the Ulster Hall, Belfast, and were of such a character as to gain for him a title equal in its way to the highest degree that could be. conferred by musical societies that of — "The Pagauini of the Organ." Mr Jade's talent also found scope in other directions, and he gained distinction as a writer of cathedral anthems and services, and of quite a catalogue of descriptive ballads and songs. In Great Britain alone he has been called upon to open no fewer than one thousand church and public organs, and he has, among other engagements officiated in the principal cathedrals in Italy. Mr Jude is also a vocalist of no mean powers, and has delighted audiences at Home and abroad with his own compositions and those of other well-known authors. One of his critics remarked of him : — " Mr Jude is so accomplished a musician and so full of dramatic fire, that, like Henry Russell, he can stir the deeper feelings, or, like his contemporary humorists, Grossmith and Corney Grain, lightly tickle the risible faculties. He is in a great measure a musical Dr Oliver Wendell Holmes." Mr Jude came out to Australia some months ago in terms of in engagement entered into with Messrs W. H. Wickins and Co., of London, the well-known music-sellers and publishers of his compositions. The arrangement was very advantageous to Mr Jude, aDd the tour proved highly successful, but on reaching Tasmania he determined to adopt a new line — that of lectures with musical illustrations. He further resolved to make no charge for admission, and to only give musical recitals pure and simple at intervals. This, as it turned out, was a happy thought. During a stay in Tasmania extending over three months the people crowded the town halls and other buildings in which the lectures were given, and it was no uncommon thing for hundreds to be turned from the doors. At the close of his oration in the Hobart Town Hall on Easter Sunday he was publicly thanked by the Colonial Treasurer in the presence of a great congregation. From the foregoing outline, gathered from press and other sources, some idea can be formed of Mr Jude's position and prospects in the musical profession— to learn something of the reasons which had led him to alter his plan of campaign, was the object of a call made on him by a representative of this journal yesterday afternoon. Mr Jude is staying at the Crescent Hotel, and was found busily engaged in quill-driving. He is writing his impressions of the colonies, and is also giving attention to musical work. He gave his visitor a cordial welcome, and; a pleasant chat, dealing chiefly with Mr Jude's colonial experiences, followed. In the course of this he frankly stated the reasons which had induced him to make the experiment indicated above. Put briefly, he believes that he can do better service among the people by means of his free lectures than as as a public entertainer— he desires to eschew the " showman" element altogether— and the interest excited by his addresses in Tasmania certainly justify his hope. This was not only shown in the overflowing attendances, but from the receipt of a large number of letters bearing emphatic testimony to the impression that Mr Judo's beautiful music and kind, sympathetic words had made upon their writers, and to their helpful and stimulating effect. Needless to say these grateful expressions are highly prized, indicating as they do that Mr Jade's appeal, though one of the noblest of human arts, fc) the best feelings of his hearei-s have not been in vain. Without any attempt at preachineBs, a sworn foe apparently to everything in the shape of hypocrisy and humbug, Mr Jude in his own fashion, and a very effective one it appears to be, seeks to inculcate a love for all that is manly, pure, and true. An able and scholarly exponent of the art in which he has attained so much honour, he is keenly alive to its elevating and humanising effects, and it will not be his fault if he cloes not cause its importance in the home and in public worship to be more fully realised than is now the case. Mr Judes lectures are free from anything in the shape of sectarianism— he looks to a system of Christian socialism, running on .New lestament lines, for a solution of the problems that now •• vex and Iperplex " the nations, but on this subject he may be left to speak for himself. In the course of conversation Mr Jade referred to several features of colonial life with which he' had been impressed during his tour In Australia. In some respect* the people were highly favoured aa compared with those of older lands, bat he jocularly added that he had met wjth a grumbler here and there, show-

F / ing that tho. Anglo-Saxon prerogative was t not extinct on this side of the globe, s Mr Jude's first lecture here will be given ! on Friday night. It is entitled 'Heavenly [ Music in the Struggle of Life," in tho course of which some beautiful selections will be i introduced.

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Mr W.H. Jude Southland Times, Issue 12015, 4 May 1892

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