This entry is by Sara Brown (New Zealand), an accompanying person at the 2017 Congress in Riga: Riga and the IAML Congress were a real treat for me. I was there as an ‘accompanying person’ with my partner, Rhys (thanks to Roger Flury and David Vine for the image of carrying around a piano, ready to play at a moment’s notice…). Getting to Riga was an adventure as the distance from Dunedin, New Zealand to Riga is about 17405 km in a straight line according to Google Maps.
Douglas Lilburn was an extremely influential figure in the history of New Zealand music. November 2015 marks the centenary of his birth. Lilburn’s reputation as the father of post-Second World War New Zealand musical composition is well-known. Leading by example, he forged a path that allowed others to aspire to a life of full-time composition.
Posted on the National Library of New Zealand's blog 16 May (in connection with Roger Flury's retirement):
In a blog post from the National Library of New Zealand Roger Flury (IAML Past President) talks to Chris Szekely (Chief Librarian of the Alexander Turnbull Library) about his time in New Zealand and his discographical interests.
With apologies for the long overdue nature of this announcement: