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25 Aug 2011: Dame Gillian Whitehead with poets Kevin Ireland and Jan Kemp

New Zealand Studies Network

PRESENTS

‘JOURNEYING AND HOMECOMING’

    a talk by

DAME GILLIAN WHITEHEAD

THURSDAY 25th AUGUST AT  6 PM

 

BIRKBECK, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON, MAIN BUILDING, MALET ST, ROOM  539  (entrance on Torrington Square)

TO BE FOLLOWED BY POETRY READINGS BY

KEVIN IRELAND  &

JAN KEMP

Gillian Whitehead is one of New Zealand’s leading classical composers. Her work includes operas, orchestral and choral pieces, vocal and instrumental chamber compositions and solo works. They are often in collaboration with poets and other artists and many incorporate traditional Maori musical instruments and themes.

Gillian has  spent many years working and studying abroad, and was for a while head of composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She has won the SOUNZ Contemporary Award three times, and in 2000 became one of the inaugural laureates of the NZ Arts Foundation, In 2008 she was made a Distinguished Companion of the NZ Order of Merit and a Dame in 2009.

The following compositions by Gillian Whitehead were played in the London Festival in July:  Missa Brevis, Journey of Matuku Moana, Arapatiki (a landscape prelude), Moons, Tides and Shoreline,  and Puhake ki te rangi (Spouting to the Skies), the last played by the New Zealand String Quartet

PLACES ARE LIMITED. RSVP to Mary Ensor, (ensor.ressel@btinternet.com)  to avoid disappointment

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Copies of books written by all three speakers will be available including  Gillian Whitehead’s brand new biography by Noel Slanders ‘Moon Tides and Shoreline, Gillian Karawe Whitehead: A Life in Music’