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2015 is the centenary of the birth of Douglas Lilburn. SOUNZ will be celebrating all year long by promoting NZ music events taking place around the country.

The IRMTNZ Conference: Lilburn’s Legacy, kicked off the celebrations in January, followed by the Adam Chamber Music Festival. Also the NZSO, CSO and APO, to mention a few, will feature plenty of NZ music in this year’s repertoire.

The Lilburn Research Fellowship for 2015 was awarded to Wellington writer and radio producer Chris Bourke. The fellowship was established in 2012 and is funded by the Lilburn Trust in association with the Alexander Turnbull Library. It aims to encourage scholarly research leading to publication on some aspect of NZ and music, using the resources of the Archive of New Zealand Music and the collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library.

And if you missed missed, watch Lilburn’s posthumous induction to the NZ Music Hall of Fame here.

Or listen to the second annual Lilburn Lecture delivered by Dr William Dart here.

If you subscribe to NZ The Listener, you can read an article about Lilburn by Rod Biss.

Radio New Zealand Concert: Composer of the Week
featured the Music of Douglas Lilburn recently. You can listen to the two programmes below:

Part 1:The Christchurch years 1935-49
Part 2: The Wellington years 1950-2001

This page will be updated with Lilburn100 related event and other information throughout 2015. If you are hosting any Lilburn100 events, do get in touch with SOUNZ.

You can also tag your events on Facebook and Twitter with #Lilburn100 hashtag.

Email SOUNZ to request the Lilburn100 logo to use on your website, event listings, print etc.


New Zealand Musicological Society - Searches for Tradition Conference, 31.10.-1.11. Wellington

100 x 10: Lilburn Residence Open Home, 1.11. Wellington

Stroma: Nine Echoes, 2.11. Wellington

The Aroha Quartet, Lilburn: String Quartet in E minor, 3.11. Whanganui 

Remembering Lilburn: Te Kōkī Trio with Jenny Wollerman (soprano), 13.11. Wellington

More NZ music events here.


IRMTNZ Conference: Lilburn’s Legacy, 15.-18. January, Wellington
Adam Chamber Music Festival, 29.1.–7.2., Nelson
Douglas Lilburn: Student and Teacher, 31 January, Auckland
Heart and Soul, 1 February, Nelson
PianoFest I : Dance, 2 February, Nelson
Verklärte Nacht, 6 February, Nelson
PianoFest V: In Memoriam Judith Clark, 6 February, Nelson
Celebrating Lilburn - A Centenary Concert, 21 February, Whanganui
Auckland Lieder Group: Lilburn 100 Tribute, 22 February, Auckland
CSO: Sea to Sky, 21.3.15, Christchurch
CMNZ Encompass: Menagerie South, 10.4.-2.5.Kerikeri, Tauranga, Rangiora
Robbie Ellis and Corwin Newall: A Concert of NZ Music , 15.-22.4. Dunedin, Auckland, Hamilton
Gallipoli 2015 Commemoration Concert, Lilburn: Sings Harry, 22.4. Dunedin
Ben Baker and Robert Thompson, Violin and Piano, 26.-30.4. UK
BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Tecwyn Evans, 100th anniversary of Anzac Day, broadcast April 27-29
Music in Time of War, 27.4. Auckland
NZSO: Aotearoa Plus, 1.-2.5. Wellington & Auckland

Manawatu Sinfonia, Lilburn: Song of Islands, 3.5. Palmerston North

NZSM Orchestra performs works of Lilburn , Diversions for Strings 19.5.
Lilburn Commemorative Concert, University of Otago, Dunedin 20.5.

Auckland Chamber Orchestra, Landfall in Unknown Seas, 24.5.

Sings Harry, Bill and Mick, Australia and New Zealand Festival of Literature and Arts, London 30.5.

Wellington Chamber Music: Aroha Quartet, String Quartet in E minor, 31.5. Wellington 

CMNZ Encompass: Andrew Beer and Sarah Watkins, Sonata for violin and piano (1950), 23.3.-21.6. Various locations

CMNZ Turnovsky Jubilee Ensemble Tour, Allegro for Strings and Diversions for Strings, 2.-25.6. Various locations

APO: NZ Herald Premier Series: Enigma Variations, Aoteaora Overture, 18.6. Auckland 

STILL MUSIC: Lilburn’s electroacoustic music and late piano works, 23.7. Wellington
Manawatu Sinfonia, Drysdale Overture, Symphony No. 1, 26.7. Palmerston North
Southern Sinfonia, A Song of Islands, 1.8. Dunedin
Aroha String Quartet
, Lilburn String Quartet in E minor, 13.5.-16.9. Various locations. 
Wairua Sinfonietta, Lilburn: Concert Overture in D, 29.8. Auckland
CMNZ CLiK The Ensemble tour, Lilburn: Sonata for Violin and Piano (1950), 21.-30.8. Various locations
Wellington Chamber Orchestra, Lilburn Centenary Concert, 20.9. Wellington

Auckland Chamber Orchestra, Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano, 20.9.  Auckland
Dunedin Youth Orchestra, Drysdale Overture, 26.9. Dunedin
NZSM Farewell Concert for Robert Hoskins and Norman Meehan, Selected Works, 29.9. Wellington
Christopher Bowen and Alison Holden: Sings Harry, Bill and Mick, Sings Harry, 30.09. Christchurch
CMNZ Michael Houstoun: Inspired by Bach, Lilburn: Chaconne, 15.9.-6.10. Various locations
NZSM Orchestra performs works of Lilburn, Symphony No 1, 1.10.
NZTrio Composing Competition: Celebrating Lilburn Winners’ Concerts, 9.10. Auckland
NZTrio Composing Competition: Celebrating Lilburn Winners’ Concerts,
10.10. Wellington
CSO: Discovery Concert & Talk
, Celebrating the life and music of Lilburn at 100, 15.10. Christchurch
Manawatu Sinfonia
, Lilburn: Mountain Rescue, Aotearoa Overture, 18.10.  Palmerston North