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Trinity College of Music. DISTRIBUTION OF CERTIFICATES. SPEECH BY DR. TURPIN. On Wednesday evening there was a meeting in the Temperance Hall, to distribute the certifi- cates to the successful candidates in the Trinity College local examinations held in May. There was a large attendance, and the platform had been decorated with plants and ferns. Arch- deacon Hilbers presided, and there were also pre- sent Dr E H Turpin, of London, Dr F R Green- ish, Revs C F Harrison and C M Phelps, Messrs W Davies George and James Thomas, Mrs John James, Mrs Greenish, Miss Ada Thomas and Miss W ookey. The proceedings opened with a pianoforte solo by Miss Mabel Violet Oliver. The Chairman said although he was chairman of the committee and had been asked to distribute the certificates, he knew nothing about music, but he could say he was intensely interested in their young people as regards music, and science and art. It was for them to see that they^had an opportunity of developing their talents. Music had a great influence upon human character. They were all very proud of Wales becase of its distinction as the very best country for vocal music, and a Welsh choir was going to sing this week before the Queen, (applause.) As a boy lie wished most earnestly that he had had the oppor- tunity of learning music. It was a great pleasure he had lost. He was only too glad that they in this centre had the opportunity of bringing out such talents as they possessed in that way, and that they had a very qualified staff of teachers in the centre. Music required not only aptitude but perseverance and hard work. The Trinity College undertook to see how far the teaching was good, and what progress had been made. He was told their percentages of passes was very high, and for that they could congratulate every- body concerned. (applause.) He then dis- tributed the certificates to those whose names are giren below, hoping they would feel encouraged to make further progress, and obtain higher honours still. INTERMEDIATE DIVISION.—Mabol Violet Oliver, 70 Marguerite Elizabeth Thomas, 69 Caroline Prestige, GG; May Victoria Mathias, 63; Lilian Annie Davies, 60. JUXIOH DIVISION. — Muriel Kathleen Lewis, (hons.) so; Gertrude Elizabeth Reynolds. 76; Ger- trude Elizabeth Edwards, 7-5; Marjorie George, 71; Eveline Beatrice Maud Young, 70; Ethel Chugg, 70 Beatrice Mary Barnes, 70 Gwendoline Margaret Williams, (violin) 69 Sarah Jane Willi- ams, 67; Maude Andrews, 67; Herbert John Evans, 66; Lizzie Lloyd. 65; Margaret Ann Tamlyn, (violin) 62. PREPARATORY DIVISION.—Frederick Harold Green- ish, (specially commended) 90 Margaret James, (specially commended) 80; Hilda Gwendoline Greenish, 78; Harold Colin Jenkins, 76; Nellie Clifford, 75; Ellen Margaret Turner, 74; Eliza- beth Ann James, 66. THEORETICAL EXAMINATION, JUNE 1899.—Junior Division, Honors Section.—Ada Maud Harris, 83 Georgina May Beynon, 78; Constance Ada M. Williams, 75 ;Eleanor Augusta Beynon, 69 Sarah Ann R. Williams, 62. PASS SECTION.—Rosa Beynon, 92; Martha Muriel Philipps, 74. Pianoforte Solo, Miss Gertrude Elizabeth Rey- nolds. The Chairman introduced Dr. Turpin, saying they were exceedingly delighted to have him with them, and were anxious to hear what he had to say. (applause.) Dr. Turpin said when some little time ago he heard that they were about to arrange for that meeting he said he should very much like te be present. He knew that they were doing very earnest good work, and that they had an ad- mirable staff of teachers. He had been permitted to taste that good work in the performance he had just heard. Trinity College commenced that work nearly 30 years ago in obedience to a sort of national call, as the nation had determined that musical culture should be proceeded with on a very sound basis, and the difference in the character of musical teaching in England during the last 40 years was one of the most remarkable growths that he could point to under any circumstances. They could now show a much larger number of accomplished pianoforte players than Germany, taking population by population. That had been brought about by the teachers of the present generation and local examinations. The author- ities had taken care to encourage the culture of the finest classical music, and Trinity College had now centres not only in the United Kingdom but in the Colonies, and even in that troubled country the Transvaal. President Kruger, with charac- teristic shrewdness, said Yes, we will welcome you until we get something better of our own." (laughter.) They were waiting until they got something better. Their work was permeated with an earnest endeavour to be useful, and he hoped some of the young people present would make their way to London, or gain exhibitions and receive education in their own town. Last year they had the largest amount of work they ever had, and examined 18,00C candidates, (ap- plause.) Now permit him to say something to his young triends. He knew how very anxious they must be in the work of preparation for ex- amination. He could imagine that some day or other examinations would be conducted on a principle that would not recognise the word fail- ure. Students should al ways be credited with what they had done and those marks given to them when they tried again. Shakespeare insisted that high failure was better than a low success, and he meant that they gained more by a failure than if they just scraped through an examination for a reward. The real reward was the consciousness of progress. Now let him give them a little prac- tical advice. The first thing was to make up their minds to do well. Take care that they had integrity of purpose take care to be quite care- ful about their practice; don't do it in a clever and yet perfunctory manner, because in time they would deaden the sense of touch in their fingers. All their developments should always be mental as well as physical. They should try and under- stand music and its paralellisms with all the other arts. It was a wonderful thing that all the arts were governed by the same laws. That was tho reason why some great men were able to follow a number of arts with great success. Let him give them a comparison between music and speech. Vv hen they learned a language they had to begin with letters, then words, and pass on to statements and narratives. It was just the same with music. The first thing they began with was notes, then they put notes together to make melody. They ought to read chords just the same as they read words. Words had their meanings enforced by accent, and their feeling by the way they were pronounced. It was the same with music. Accent in music gave character and incisive vigour to all the sounds to which they applied. In music they had to do with measured time, and a good speaker had a form of measured time, but in music it was most beauti- fully and correctly performed. In language they read sentences arranged to convey a meaning, and they were marked by signs of punctuation. Just the same tiling occurred in music. They should regard their studies in languages and music as resting entirely upon the same intellectual basis. A literary worker created individualities a musician created tunes; he then created plurali- ties and a musician regarded those as counter- point in music. Then there were surrounding circumstances in a story, and so there was in music, which was called harmony. There were statements in language, and in music they meant by that rhythm. Then they had narrative in music, and so they had in literature. Their music ought to be as interesting to them as read- ing a story book. A piece of music was a story, a picture, a poem. He then urged them to be practical about their music, and be careful about keeping time. Music was given to us to strengthen our minds and uplift our souls, (ap- plau- ) Violin Solo Miss Williams. Dr. F. H. Greenish proposed a vote ot thanks to Dr. Turpin for his able, interesting, and in- structive address. He had come all the way frow London to be present, and was going back to-morrow. With regard to the centre he would like to remind Dr. Turpin that in their early days as a centre of Trinity College they won two national prizes, and that out of 55 candidates this year 59 were successful. They hoped thot next year they would have a larger number of entries, and pass all. The examiners of the College were some of the best musical men in England, who did their work without fear, favour, or affection, and all the certificates awarded were well deserved, (applause). Mr James Thomas, as one of the veterans in the small musical world of Haverfordwest, had the greatest possible pleasure in seconding the vote of than ks. It was exceedingly gratifying to every- one concerned to see how many certificates had been won, and he was much struck with tho high percentages. When lie was a boy he should have been delighted to have had such advantages. He hoped they would ponder well the very useful and excellent advice given by Dr. Turpin. (Ap- plause). Tho resolution having been heartily accorded, Pr. Turpin in acknowledgement said the even- Illl had been a very pleasant experience, as he had some foreknowledge of the good taste and {u!e musical knowledge of that centre. He re- joiceit to think they had carried off two national prizes, and he could tell them their proportion ot passes iiad not been beaten in any place in Kug- land. (applause). They all rejoiced in their great progress and success, and he trusted lie should be permitted to come to see them again. He had now to propose a vote of thanks to their local secretary (.u.i.<s W ookey) for the admirable wav in which e\ crytmng had been managed, (applause), hverytmmg depended upon a good secretary, and she had displayed great watchful- ness and care in a difficult task. The Chairman seconded with plesuare, endora- ing the previous remarks of Dr. Turpin, as re- gards Miss Wookey, who had been of great assist ance to the Committee. The resolution was then put and carried, Miss Wookey acknowledging the vote. Mr James Thomas moved a vote of thanks to the Chairman, which Dr. Turpin seconded with the remark that he laboured tor the people in many ways. (hear hear). The motion having been carried, the Chairman trusted everyone present would make use of the advantages the centre offered. He was pleased with this vote, thanked them for their presence, and wished them good-night.

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