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Ashley Heenan


Born: 1925 Died: 2004


Ashley David Joseph Heenan was born in Wellington on 11 September 1925. He was educated at Nelson College from 1939-1942 and attended Victoria University of Wellington from 1945-1947 and 1954-195,5 graduating DipMus and BMus. He was awarded a Government Bursary in 1948 and attended London's Royal College of Music from 1948-1950.

Heenan was employed on the permanent staff of the Broadcasting Commission of New Zealand from 1943 until his retirement in 1984, holding the positions of Music Librarian (1944-1947 and 1951-1952), Concert Department Touring Representative (1953-1954), Musical Assistant to the conductors of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (1954-1967), Music Organiser (1964-1967), Conductor and Musical Director of the National Youth Orchestra (1965-1975) and Conductor and Musical Director of the Schola Musica, the NZSO's training orchestra (1961-1984). He was the recipient of a UNESCO Fellowship from 1962-1963.

Heenan also held positions as Music Co-ordinator for the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council (now Creative NZ) from 1964-1965 and Musical Director of the NZ Ballet Company (now the Royal New Zealand Ballet) from 1966-1968. He was the first NZ Consultant and (from 1956) NZ Writer-Director of APRA. He was chairman of the APRA Music Committee in NZ from 1966-1981 and also of the NZ Composers Foundation since its inception in 1983 until it was discontinued in 1992. He was a founding member of the board of the Centre for New Zealand Music where he served from 1991-1997.

Ashely Heenan is the author of numerous articles on music, music education, instrumental training and diverse radio scripts. His publications include The Schola Musica (1974) and The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (1976).

Aside from his career as a composer, broadcaster and conductor, Ashley Heenan also had a successful career in croquet. He was the New Zealand representative in 1961, winner of the the English Doubles in 1950 and winner of the NZ Croquet Open Singles five times.

Ashley Heenan died on 6 September 2004.

Composed (23)

1914 - Song Cycle

for tenor and piano, 14m

A Maori Suite

for soprano, mezzo, chorus and orchestra, 14m

A William Byrd Suite

for string orchestra, 10m

Chunuk Bair

for flute


for strings, 5m

Concerto for Violin, Organ, Harpsichord and Strings

for violin, harpsichord, organ, two flutes and string orchestra, 12m


for viola and piano, 12m

Five American Carols

for soprano, baritone and piano, 10m

Folk Dance Suite

for chamber orchestra, 9m

God Defend New Zealand

for chorus and orchestra, 4m

Jack Winter's Dream

for orchestra and four male soloists, 30m

Jack Winter's Dream

nine portraits for orchestra, 24m

Maori Love Duets

for soprano, baritone, flute, clarinet, bassoon and cello, 12m

Meine Seel' erhebt den Herren

for string orchestra, 14m

Music for a Royal Occasion

for string orchestra

Poi kihikihi

for voice and string orchestra

Scottish Dances

for orchestra, 12m

Songs for Children

for voice and ensemble

Three Sea Songs

for baritone and piano, 10m

Three Sea Songs

for baritone and orchestra, 10m

Two Songs

for soprano and piano, 5m

Arranged (2)

God Defend New Zealand

for chorus and orchestra, 4m

The Ballad of Captain Cook

for voice and guitar, 4m