Thursday, December 9, 2010

Music in NZ history

Here is a bit of fun for those of us who remember the band and dance culture of the 50's 60's and 70's. I was looking at the  Al Paget Sextet page where they have some advertisements and photographs in particular. Does anyone have links to this band?

Music has always paid a large part of culture in New Zealand. The newspaper's are full of new communities raising funds for needed buildings and equipment by holding dances, musicals and plays. People were ready to sing and play the piano at the drop of a hat. Home entertainment often meant a song around the piano.

It seems as though every town had at least one band, often brass, much needed for parades etc.

Then there were the professional artists which sometimes toured. They must have been brave to come so far.

There was a huge childrens choir conducted by Harold Temple White at Athletic Park for when the Queen visited in 1954.  Here is a link to photographs  of the event on the 'Village on the Park' website.

Today we have all the music we could want at our fingertips any time of the day or night. It wasn't always so. But the music before music recordings became commonplace was more personal even if it was limited.

1 comment:

  1. I was in Commodores 1959-61; then Al Paget Sextet, 1961-64.
    Within my web-site if you go to 'otherlinks' page then choose 'When we were young' (1959-61)or (1961-64) to view each of those pages on respective bands.