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Sat 3 Oct 2015, 1:00pm–2:00pm

Where: Leys Institute Library Ponsonby, 20 St Marys Rd, Ponsonby, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: planetnarcissus

Conductor of the Leys Orchestra, David Britten, presents an illustrated talk highlighting the wonderful but largely forgotten music from Auckland’s yesteryear, and the precarious state of much of this heritage.

Many Auckland orchestras flourished and faded over the past century and a half, leaving their libraries of music behind. This sheet music is slowly becoming useless as missing instrumental parts cannot be replaced, and is at risk of deteriorating into crumbling obscurity.

Mr Britten shares some of the stories behind this music, and outlines what Leys Orchestra is doing to bring this music to life. He also makes a plea for action to preserve this heritage for future generations, and provides examples of sheet music and manuscripts for the audience to view.

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