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Thomas Vernon Griffiths

GRIFFITHS, Thomas Vernon. b. West Kirby, Cheshire, England, 22 June 1894; d. 23 November 1985. He was the son of an Anglican priest, educated at Norwich Grammar School. After war service in Europe, he won an organ scholarship to the University of Cambridge. There he gained a BA in History (1921) and a MusB (1922). He converted to Catholicism and in 1926 emigrated to New Zealand to take up a post as lecturer in music at the Christchurch Teachers’ Training College with responsibility for the development of music in the region’s schools. In 1936 he became music master at a large Dunedin Technical College and set up a programme of music education and performance with an international...

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