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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 8, No. 12. September 19, 1945

The College and Music

The College and Music

While in Dunedin I was privileged to witness the demonstration of musical activity given by the members of the King Edward Technical College, in the Town Hall. This musical festival is one of the principal events of the city's life and was on a massive and impressive scale, the stage and half of the ground floor of the auditorium being occupied by vocal and instrumental performers.

It was an impressive sight to see 700 choristers and nearly 300 Instrumentalists in action and an inspiring example of what can be done and what should he done In the study of music in colleges and schools.

Both in brass and strings the orchestral numbers were a treat to listen to, and the massed choir was notable for its precision and especially good diction. The big volume of tone was judiciously handled and controlled and its effects were at times thrilling.

As I sat and enjoyed this musical treat I realised what was missing in the college life at Victoria University. Why could not we as a college show the people of Wellington that music and song was for the' people? Why not organise a mass choir to enliven the deadly non-existent singing of the Capping ceremony?

Why not a College Musical Society to embrace all musical clubs and efforts of the College? To branch out and bring into the college some man or woman who would and could bring to Wellington a real University Orchestra and Choir. It can be done, and should be done. Who will make the first move?—D.S.C.