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LOCAL SUCCESS AT THE R.A.ffl. A PROMISING LADY STUDENT. Miss May Bailey, daughter of Mr. Jesse I e) r, of Abercarn, has during the present week taken a medal at the Royal Academy of Music for solo singing, and another for elocu- tion, and altogether has opened so far a most distinguished career. From her early childhood Miss Bailey gave evidence of artistic and musi- Miss MAT BAILEY, Abercarn. I cat faculties far above the ordinary run, and at ¡ fourteen years of age sang and acted the part of "Jacqueline" in "Rose of Savoy" in an entertainment given by the pupils of the Misses Ballant-yne and Heathcote for the benefit of the children's ward of the Newport Infirmary, and the performance was so full of merit all round that there was a strong desire on the part of the Newport people for the piece to "run a week. At fifteen years of age Miss Bailey passed the Senior R.A.M. Examination, and gained prizes for painting at local exhibi- tions. On leaving her school at Newport she proceeded to Brussels to take languages and painting, with the object of being an artist and to study under an old Flemish master, viz., Monsieur Le Gendre. Subsequently she went to the Royal Academy with the intention of furthering the piano, when the examiners fancied the voice and strongly advised her to cultivate it as the principal study. This advice was acceded to, and the pianoforte became the second study. Miss Bailey was invited to join the operatic class at the Academy, and got en so well that, having studied and played several partis (the chief of which was "Baucis" in "Philemon e-t- Bauci-s"), she was awarded a medal last year for operatic singing, and has added to that success by being awarded this year medals for both solo singing and elocution. I '¡j,,

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