The people’s music
Events for An ornament to the town, a Turnbull Gallery exhibition about that central town fixture: the band rotunda.
- Date: Friday, 24 March, 2017
Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets
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The birth and growth of New Zealand’s brass band movement
Historian Peter Clayworth will trace the growth of New Zealand brass bands from the arrival of the first military bands in the 1840s through to the ‘Golden Age’ of brass bands in the early twentieth century. He will discuss the important place bands had in both Pākehā and Māori societies over this period.
The talk will cover the social role of bands, including the fight to play music on a Sunday, the huge popularity of band competitions, the part union Brass bands played in the industrial struggles of the early 1900s, and the contribution of bands during the Great War.
About the speaker
Dr Peter Clayworth is a professional historian based in Wellington. He has worked for the Waitangi Tribunal, the Department of Conservation and Te Ara, the encyclopedia of New Zealand.
Brass band, ca 1910. Ref: 1/2-023999-G.