"Douglas' contribution to NZ music is too valuable to ignore,
too important to forget." - Roger Smith & Gareth Watkins, Radio
Douglas Lilburn's former home in Thorndon is now a residence for
composers in the heart of Wellington. It offers accommodation to
the composer holding the Jack C Richards - Creative New Zealand Composer
Residency at the New Zealand School of Music.
It is a Grade 1 Historic Places Trust property - but it
The trustees who look after it have raised about two-thirds of
the funds, but need your help to get the work under way this
History of the house
In 2005 Douglas Lilburn's former home in Thorndon, Wellington
became New Zealand's first residence for composers. The Lilburn
Residence Trust, established at the end of 2004, was formed to
ensure that his house continued to be an important part of the
music community in New Zealand. Through the generosity of many
individuals and groups, together with a grant from New Zealand
Lotteries Environment and Heritage Committee, the trust was able to
purchase the house.
Douglas Lilburn (1915-2001), widely regarded as New Zealand's
most distinguished composer, lived and worked in the house for more
than 40 years. His influence on his contemporaries and succeeding
generations of composers has been far-reaching. Through the Lilburn
Trust, which was enriched by proceeds from the sale of the house,
grants are given for the research and promotion of New Zealand
The house, built in 1952 and designed by Austrian engineer,
Frederic Schwarzkopf, is one of the only remaining examples of
modernist architecture in central Wellington. Early in 2006, the
Historic Places Trust gave it Category 1 listing in recognition of
its outstanding cultural value. Surrounded by mature and native
trees, the garden, which Lilburn called his 'jungle', provides an
ideal working environment for a composer.
2005-06 Dame Gillian Whitehead (Arts Foundation
2006-07 Lyell Cresswell
2007-08 Samuel Holloway
2008-09 Helen Bowater
2009-10 John Rae
2010-11 Chris Gendall
2011-12 Juliet Palmer
2012-13 David Downes
2013-14 Jeroen Speak (and Dorothy Ker)
Time to Celebrate
57 MONTHS AGO
Dear Boosted Supporter
Following generous donations from many of our supporters, the Lilburn Residence has been freshly painted. We would like to thank you for your help and give all our friends and donors a chance to inspect the handiwork.
Join us for some music and a celebratory toast to the future of the residence.
Friday 14 February, 5.30pm – 8.00pm
22 Ascot Street
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for catering purposes by 5pm, Monday 10 February.
Les Holborow, Jack Body, Michael Norris, Diana Marsh, Scilla Askew (The Trustees)
Jeroen Speak and Dorothy Ker (The Resident Composers)
Thanks, so let's paint the roof too!
61 MONTHS AGO
We have reached our boosted target of $3,500.00. Thanks to all of you who have contributed so generously. This is very exciting for us and means that for just a bit more we can not only paint the house, but paint and repair the roof as well.
The cost of all the painting, including the roof, is just over $17,000.00. The Trust has agreed to contribute up to $10,000.00 of accumulated funds. With your very generous donations through Boosted and other support, we are just over $2,500 away from being able to finish the whole job. And of course any surplus funds will go towards ongoing maintenance of the house and garden.