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Alfred Hill at the New Zealand International Exhibition, 1906

Alfred Hill at the New Zealand International Exhibition, 1906

A large audience fills the concert hall at the 1906 New Zealand International Exhibition in Christchurch. The orchestra is performing the Exhibition ode composed by Alfred Hill, the orchestra's conductor. Johannes Carl Andersen, the scholar and critic, was the lyricist. Hill and his orchestra played twice a day at the exhibition, often performing works that had never been heard before in New Zealand and introducing many people to classical music. 

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Steffano Webb Collection (PAColl-3061)
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Marguerite Hill, 'Arts festivals - Beginnings of festivals in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/45213/alfred-hill-at-the-new-zealand-international-exhibition-1906 (accessed 26 September 2020)

Story by Marguerite Hill, published 22 Oct 2014, updated 5 Aug 2016