First entries for New Zealand Chinese musicians

A recent paper at the conference of the International Association of Music Libraries (New Zealand) Branch was on the instruments used by the Chee Kung Tong Society Orchestra in Wellington and held in the collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library. This made me think that we knew little of the Chinese individuals who were creating or supporting music in New Zealand in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Some research has enabled us to include entries for Tilly Lo Keong, a piano teacher in Dunedin, and Won Key, who organised concerts including traditional Chinese music in Cromwell. We will keep an eye out for information on other Chinese musical notables working in New Zealand, and also those from other ethnic groups active in New Zealand at this time such as the Dalmatians or Lebanese.

We have also added a number of other entries including one for the leading pianist and piano teacher Ernest Empson, and the sometime Mayor of Palmerston North, Maurice Cohen, who was also a conductor of many local music societies and regular viola performer.