This review of the first concert of the Lyttelton Choral Class in December 1852 found fault with the singers' ability to sing in time with the conductor's beat, and also remarked on the lack of balance in the choir, with too many basses (or 'bases' as the reviewer spells the word) and not enough altos and tenors. The programme consisted of an equal number of sacred and secular works, and was performed at a farewell party for Canterbury founder John Robert Godley and his wife, Charlotte, prior to their departure for England.
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Reference: Lyttelton Times, 25 December 1852, p. 6
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