Douglas - Landscape of a New Zealand Composer - Episode 7

From Douglas: The Landscape of a New Zealand Composer, 2:00 pm on 2 October 2011
  • Listen duration 53:08

th Birthday

Douglas Lilburn (fourth from right on stage, in checked jacket), Ashley Heenan (2nd from right on stage), and members of the Schola Musica at a special broadcast concert honouring Douglas Lilburn on his 65th birthday, in Symphony House, Willis Street, Wellington. Photograph taken November 1980 by John Ashton, Wellington. Alexander Turnbull Library.

Douglas Lilburn's friends and family reflect on how he related to people - from his relationship with his parents, to his abiding friendships over the years, the countless acts of kindness and generosity, to the painful 'fallings out' with friends and colleagues.

Alistair Te Ariki Campbell recalls the happy times with Douglas at Paekakariki in the 1950s, and the not so happy times from the early 1960s. Margaret Nielsen describes her friendship with Douglas over the years, and his extraordinary kindness. John Murray and Dean Major talk about Douglas's solitary nature.

Ropata Erwin and Frederick Page describe the Christchurch arts scene in the 1940s; Joyce Hamilton recalls being introduced to Douglas's friends as well as Eastern religions; and Sir William Southgate talks about Douglas's relationships with performers and conductors.