Story: Orchestras

Exhibition orchestra

Exhibition orchestra

Alfred Hill is pictured conducting a performance of his 'Commemorative ode' for choir and orchestra at the opening of the New Zealand International Exhibition in Christchurch in 1906. Formed by Hill and conducted by him in a series of popular and classical concerts, the orchestra was the first fully professional one established in New Zealand, and the standards it achieved raised the expectations of local audiences.

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Peter Walls, 'Orchestras - The first professional orchestras', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 July 2024)

Story by Peter Walls, published 22 Oct 2014