Douglas Lilburn

Lilburn Lecture

The Lilburn Trust and the Alexander Turnbull Library invite you to:

Event:Lilburn Lecture 2018 - Eve de Castro-Robinson
Wide Blows Our Banner: How far have women composers in New Zealand come since Suffrage?
When:Friday, 2 November 2018 at 6pm
Where:National Library Auditorium, National Library of New Zealand,
corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Wellington
Cost:Admission Free
Space is limited, so book your spot by emailing Keith.McEwing@dia.govt.nz
Detail:    This year's Lilburn Lecture sees acclaimed composer Eve de Castro‐Robinson asking how much progress women composers in New Zealand have made since the granting of equal voting rights 125 years ago. Reflecting on changes in New Zealand's musical and socio‐political culture, de Castro‐Robinson considers her own journey as a female composer from the mid‐1980s onward. Eve de Castro‐Robinson is one of New Zealand's foremost composers, whose works have been widely performed. She has made many contributions to New Zealand music, including as a trustee of SOUNZ and is currently Associate Professor in Composition at the University of Auckland.

Searching for Voice, Searching for Reo by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal (2017)

Acclaimed musician and composer Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal (Marutūahu, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngā Puhi) will discuss his journey as a composer, giving expression to his twin passions of music composition and mātauranga Māori creativity. The lecture took place on 2 November 2017 and was recorded by RNZ.

Click to listen to Charles's lecture, courtesy of RNZ Concert.

Prosaic notes from an unwritten journal by Jenny McLeod (2016)

Acclaimed composer Jenny McLeod surveys her life's work and experience in relation to her friend Douglas Lilburn's manifestos of New Zealand musical identity, A Search for Tradition (1946) and A Search for a Language (1969). The lecture took place on 2 November 2016 and was recorded by RNZ.

Click to listen to Jenny's lecture, courtesy of RNZ Concert.

A Broader Tradition, a Broader Language by Chris Bourke (2015)

Marking the 100th anniversary of Lilburn's birth – music historian Chris Bourke discussed the place of local popular music in New Zealand. Bourke considered the ideas discussed by Lilburn in his celebrated talks A Search for Tradition and A Search for a Language: are they still relevant, and can they be answered by popular music? The lecture took place on 4 November 2015 and was recorded by RNZ.

Click to listen to Chris's lecture, courtesy of RNZ Concert.

Signatures and Footprints by William Dart (2014)

Titled Signatures and Footprints, William Dart talked about the complexity of securing identity and individuality. He drew on historian E.H. McCormick's essay from 1960 — Distance Looks Our Way: The Effects of Remoteness on New Zealanders — and how, even in our time of instant global communication, his words still resonate.

Click to listen to William's lecture, courtesy of RNZ Concert.

Plato's Cave: Realities of Composing In New Zealand by Philip Norman (2013)

The inaugural Lilburn Lecture was given by Dr. Philip Norman in the Hunter Council Chamber, Victoria University, Wellington on 2 November 2013.

Click to listen to Philip's lecture, courtesy of RNZ Concert.