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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 7, No. 3. May 3, 1944

Glee Club

Glee Club

Dear Sir,—May I, through "Salient," address the Glee Club and (chiefly) any students who are musical, on the subject of continuing the efforts the Glee Club made last year. To be brief, we need more members—not many, and not members who have to be coaxed along to rehearsals, but students who enjoy singing good music.

To be less brief—we need them because although we have the essential core of a group that could really do some good work, we haven't quite got the number it is necessary to have to allow for absences, illnesses, etc. Two good sopranos are quite enough for what we want to do, and we have them already, but a couple more would mean that we would always have at least two. Another tenor would be a useful acquisition. A couple more altos (we have a couple) would enable us to allow for comings and goings and to rely on a workable average representation. Another bass or two would not go amiss.

We have no ambition to run the club at a higher level of enthusiasm than actually exists in the college; we do not appeal for members. We simply wish to make the existence of the club more widely known in the belief that out of, how many is it?—eleven hundred?—there should be at least a dozen who have the time and the inclination to come along to C6 once a week and sing some decent music. If there are more than a dozen, so much the better. But if anyone should be inclined to sniff at the idea of a Glee Club of only a dozen, I can assure them they are mistaken, Given keenness and at least 60 per cent. of true clear voices, a small group can achieve ideal musical results.


What we propose to do would presumably interest any prospective new members. Well, we have begun with a short four-part piece by Dvorak which has trashy words for which we will probably substitute Latin ones. We intend to sing that remarkable piece of Tschaikovsky usually known as "Legend"—in the Oxford Book of Carols. And then some of the things we did last year, say, "The Farmer's Daughters," for the good fun of it, and a couple of the Bach chorales, for the music in them.

The thing I look forward to hearing most myself, and I think some of the present members do too, is a short work that Mr. Douglas Lilburn, a first- rate contemporary composer who happens to be a New Zealander, has said he could write for us if we are really keen enough. I hope we will be.

But, as I say, we need a few more singers. Would any students who have the time and the will, sign a sheet which will be put on the main notice board, stating first and second preference as regards times. And then, would they watch for a notice and make a point of coming to the next meeting, whenever the club decides to hold it?—Yours, etc., Antony Alpers.

Student, paid Tuesday, broke Friday, would like to meet student, paid Friday, broke Tuesday.