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February 21, 2015 4:00PM

Celebrating Lilburn | A Centenary Concert


Ingrid Culiford hosts a concert of Douglas Lilburn's music in Whanganui, the urban centre which was the celebrated composer's birthplace, honouring the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Douglas Lilburn was an influential composer and music teacher who inspired and promoted later generations of local composers.

Born in Whanganui in 1915, his early years were spent on the family farm in the upper Turakina River valley at Drysdale. He was schooled in Whanganui and at Waitaki Boys’ High School in Ōamaru before attending Canterbury University College and later the Royal College of Music where he studied with Ralph Vaughan Williams. THis presentation in Whanagui celebrates his roots, combining readings from his memoirs with some of his most popular pieces.

2015 marks his Centenary, and this celebration concert combines readings from his memoirs with some of his best loved music for solo piano (Three Sea Changes, From the Port Hills), a violin sonata and his song cycle based on poetry of Denis Glover - 'Sings Harry'. These will be performed by artist / teachers from Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music, Jian Liu (piano), Martin Riseley (violin) and Roger Wilson (voice) with Gillian Bibby accompanying him on piano. Emminent NZSM musicologist Associate Professor Robert Hoskins will be commentator and reader.

Start time

February 21, 2015 4:00PM


Prince Edward Auditorium
Wanganui Collegiate School