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The only piano concerto by Henry Shirley and possibly the first piano concerto written in New Zealand, was written in 1944 though it took over 14 years of trying before the composer was able to get an orchestra to perform it in 1958. It was performed by the NZBC Symphony Orchestra (the former New Zealand Symphony Orchestra) with Henry Shirley himself as the soloist, conducted by Oswald Cheesman. It was also performed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in the 1960s.
11 Dec 1958: A studio broadcast performed by the NZBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Oswald Cheesman with Henry Shirley as the soloist
10 Aug 1962: Performed by the NZBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Oswald Cheesman with soloist Henry Shirley at Auckland Town Hall in Auckland
Performed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Henry Shirley (piano) in the 1960s and possibly broadcast in Brisbane and Melbourne.