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Ashley Heenan

Arranger, Composer, Performer

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Born: 1925 Died: 2004

Biography

Ashley David Joseph Heenan was born in Wellington on 11 September 1925. He was educated at Nelson College from 1939-42 and attended Victoria University of Wellington from 1945-7 and 1954-5 graduating DipMus and BMus. He was awarded a Government Bursary in 1948 and attended the Royal College of Music (London) from 1948-50.

He 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 1944-7, 1951-2; Concert Department touring representative 1953-4; Musical Assistant to the conductors of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra 1954-67; Music Organiser NZ Broadcasting Commission 1964-7; Conductor and Musical Director of the National Youth Orchestra 1965-75; Conductor and Musical Director of the Schola Musica, the NZSO's training orchestra, 1961-84. He was the recipient of a UNESCO Fellowship 1962-3.

He also held positions as Music Co-ordinator for the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council (now Creative NZ) 1964-5 and Musical Director of the NZ Ballet Company (now the Royal New Zealand Ballet) 1966-8. 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 1966-81 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 and 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).

As well as being a composer, broadcaster and conductor, Ashley Heenan had a successful career in croquet. He was the NZ representative in 1961 and winner of NZ Croquet Open Singles five times and the English Doubles in 1950.

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


Cindy

for strings, 5m


Concerto for Violin, Organ, Harpsichord and Strings

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


Fantasy-Sonate

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