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Illustrated Guide to Christchurch and Neighbourhood

Christchurch Musical Society

Christchurch Musical Society.

Almost from the very earliest years of the settlement Christchurch has been able to boast of a musical society—and sometimes of two—including vocal and instrumental performers of more than ordinary proficiency. Among those who are remembered as members twenty years ago the names of Bonnington (the violinist), Richard Kohler (the cornet player), and Wood (the flautist) stand out in bold relief; while the vocalists, both gentlemen and ladies, would furnish a long list of names; and the concerts given by the Society in those days would have done credit to any provincial town in the Old. Country; there being then, probably, more musical talent in Christchurch than was to be found in any other city in New Zealand. If Christchurch has not been able to keep the preeminence it is because others have advanced, and not because it has retrograded. The Musical Society of to-day was reconstructed out of the materials of a former one in May, 1881. It numbers 110 performers, and 110 honorary members, and the conductor is Mr Wells, the organist to the Cathedral. The subscription is one guinea per annum (four concerts being given each season), and Mr. A. Appleby, the Hon. Secretary and Treasurer, is always willing to receive the names of those willing to join.