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A national orchestra: first rehearsal, 1946 (1st of 2)

A national orchestra: first rehearsal, 1946

After repeated proposals, a professional symphony orchestra, the National Orchestra, was finally established in 1945. Anderson Tyrer, who had conducted the Centennial Orchestra, was appointed to the unadvertised position of conductor, sparking a debate that persisted through his three-year term. Nevertheless, he was enthusiastic and hard-working, putting in long hours to train the fledgling orchestra. Members of the strings section are shown here at the first rehearsal on 24 October 1946. 

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New Zealand Listener
Reference: New Zealand Listener, 8 November 1946, p.6

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Peter Walls, 'Orchestras - The National Orchestra', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/44508/a-national-orchestra-first-rehearsal-1946 (accessed 21 September 2017)

Story by Peter Walls, published 22 Oct 2014