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Lilburn's Sonatina was premiered and broadcast by American clarinetist George Hopkins who settled in Auckland following the Second World War. During his time in New Zealand George Hopkins became an influential teacher. Dispite its popularity amongst clarinetists Lilburn's Sonatina, like many classic New Zealand compositions, has suffered periods of neglect and to this day few commercial recordings of the piece are available.
09 May 2009: New Works for Clarinet and Piano
23 Oct 2009: NZSM Woodwind Player of the Year
29 Sep 2010: Performed by Donald Nicholls (clarinet) and John van Buskirk (piano) at the Marama Hall, University of Otago, in Dunedin
06 Jul 2011: Performed by Debbie Rawson (clarinet) and Jodie Lockyer (piano) at the 2011 Australian Clarinet and Saxophone Festival
12 Sep 2012: Peter Scholes with Katherine Austin
13 Sep 2012: Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano
23 May 2013: Performed as part of the APO Young Achievers concert at the AUckland Central Library, in Auckland.
10 Apr 2015: CMNZ Encompass | Menagerie South, Kerikeri
12 Apr 2015: CMNZ Encompass | Menagerie South, Tauranga
02 May 2015: CMNZ Encompass | Menagerie South, Rangiora
20 Sep 2015: Auckland Chamber Orchestra | ACO5
Performed by Walter Hamer (clarinet) and Margaret Nielsen (piano)
first performed in Auckland by George Hopkins