Music Month events at National Library (Wellington) in May

Music Month display celebrating Alfred Hill opens

Monday 1 May, 9.45am

Venue:  Te Ahumairangi (ground floor) National Library building

Introduction to display of materials relating to Alfred Hill’s life, family and music.

Donald Maurice will give a short introduction, the Dominion String Quartet will perform a movement from Quartet No 6 “The Kids”, and Bert Hill (great nephew of Alfred) will unveil a restored bust of Alfred made in Sydney around 1915, recently donated to Victoria University.

The display will then be available to view upstairs in the Reading Room.

 

Light of the World: The Citadel Brass Ensemble

Friday 5 May, 12.10 – 1.00pm

Venue:  Te Ahumairangi (ground floor) National Library building

For this Friday lunchtime concert, the Salvation Army’s Citadel Brass Ensemble will perform traditional fanfares, marches, hymn tune arrangements, as well as spirituals and light music.

The Citadel Brass Ensemble features Bruce Roberts (Eb trumpet, Bb Cornet, Flugel Horn), Eva Key (Bb Cornet), Maree Downey (Eb Tenor Horn), Grant Key (Trombone) and Dixon McMillan (Euphonium)

This concert is part of a programme of public events being held in conjunction with the Turnbull Gallery exhibition: An ornament to the town: The band rotunda in New Zealand.

 

Wellington Brass-Quad play the classical canon

Friday 12 May, 12.10 – 1.00pm

Venue:  Te Ahumairangi (ground floor) National Library building

For this lunchtime concert, Wellington Brass-Quad will play a selection of classical pieces for brass.

The group has specialties in both brass band and classical music repertoire. The Brass-Quad formed at the Te Koki New Zealand School of Music, where all the members currently study.

This concert is part of a programme of public events being held in conjunction with the Turnbull Gallery exhibition: An ornament to the town: The band rotunda in New Zealand

 

My Ancestor was a Musician…

Tuesday 16 May, 12:10pm – 1:00pm

Venue:  Te Ahumairangi (ground floor) National Library building

For our contribution to NZ Music Month (May) Assistant Music Curator Keith McEwing will look at the records of institutions such as the Wellington Orchestral Society (formed in 1879) to see what information they may give us about their members.

He will also explore the Turnbull’s Photograph and Ephemera collections to discover what gems can be found in unexpected places.  Although Keith will be focussing on material relating to musicians, the collections, tools and techniques he uses can also be applied to people’s involvement in other activities.

RNZAF Brass Quintet

Thursday 18 May, 12.10 – 1.00pm

Venue:  Te Ahumairangi (ground floor) National Library building

Covering a wide range of styles and genres the RNZAF Brass Quintet will transport you from the music of the renaissance period through to classical transcriptions, jazz standards and even military marches… You might even hear a pop song! So bring your lunch and let the RNZAF Brass Quintet entertain you.

The RNZAF Brass Quintet comprises LAC Michael Costeloe and LAC Patrick Webb (Trumpets), CPL Erica Challis (Horn), LAC Andrew Yorkstone (Trombone), and W/O Denis Spurdle (Tuba). (LAC = Leading Aircraftsman; CPL = Corporal; and W/O = Warrant Officer.)

This concert is part of a programme of public events being held in conjunction with the Turnbull Gallery exhibition: An ornament to the town: The band rotunda in New Zealand.