Easton, John Campbell
English & Foreign (later British & Foreign) Piano Agency
Fahey, William Henry
Fleury, Achille de Raisson
Flood, William Haydon
Gilbert, Edward Ellery
Gunter, Howel Edward
Hankins, Melville Earl
Hart, George Robert
Hill, George Alexander
Horne, Robert A.
Howie, Fanny Rose
Hunt, Horace George
Hunt, Robert Leslie
Music retailer, music publisher, violinist
Born: 1856, England
Died: 1929. Auckland
Active in New Zealand: 1865-1929
Arthur Eady was a key figure in music retailing in Auckland. Originally an employee at the Auckland Music Warehouse, by 1882 he had opened his own establishment under this name, one which was to continue until his death in 1929 and its subsequent purchase by Begg’s in 1938.
During the depression years of the 1880s and 1890s Eady supplemented his business activities by leading an orchestra which performed at various social functions performing as far afield as Wairoa, New Plymouth and Hawera. His retail business also concentrated on the upper half of the North Island, with a Hamilton branch supporting the main Auckland retail shop which was located on the corner of Queen St and Vulcan Lane.
As well as being a music retailer, Eady published approximately 80 pieces of light New Zealand music, predominately by musicians with Auckland connections. Particularly successful was the song Red Rosebud by C. Murray-Gibbes which reportedly sold over 60,000 copies.
Arthur Eady’s brother Lewis was also one of the major music retailers in Auckland, and although family history recalls a plan that the two companies would eventually merged, they actually stayed in competition with each other, Arthur Eady retaining the right to use the description “The Old Firm”.
Nichol, E. Dedicated to the colonial music-loving public.
Earl, Melville (see Hankins, Melville Earl)
Easton, John Campbell
Music teacher, organist
Born: 1876, Scotland
Died: 1936, Dunedin
Active in New Zealand: 1882-1936
Easton arrived as a child in New Zealand in 1882. He was a music teacher in Dunedin, teaching piano and harmony from the same studio in the Octagon for more than 40 years. He was the accompanist for the Dunedin Male Voice Choir, many soloists and chamber groups, an active Freemason, including being organist for one of the Lodges. He was also organist at St Mary’s Mornington, bandmaster of the Caversham Band and Vice-President of the Otago Society of Musicians. Easton composed a considerable number of works, several of which were published in New Zealand and overseas.
May Flowers: mazurka. (Dunedin: Dresden Piano Company, 1888)
Tranquil Vale. (Dunedin: Dresden, 1890).
Hyacintha. (Adelaide: Cawthorne & Co.,
May: minuet in G. (London: Weekes, 1897)
Under Two Flags. (Dunedin: Dresden, 1899)
New Zealand’s answer. (Dunedin: Mitchell & Fergusson
Vanity Fair march. (London: Reynolds & Co., 1902 ) and (Dunedin: Begg’s)Coeur de Lion (Dunedin: Dresden, 1901)
Praise God: choral anthem.
Andante in A. (Unpublished, 1909)
My soul truly waiteth: choral anthem. (Unpublished, 1910)
A cavalier’s song. (Unpublished, 1917)
The British war song. (Unpublished, 1917)
Overture: Patrol of the Guards. (Unpublished, 1920)
In a New Zealand Forest. (Dunedin: Charles Begg, 1925).
Polina: Polish dances. (Cleveland: Sam Fox Publishing Co., 1926)
Overseas. (Unpublished, 1926)
Overture: the Huntress. (Unpublished, 1930)
Faith. (Unpublished, 1930)
Marche heroique, for organ. (Unpublished, 1931)
Song to David. (Unpublished, 1934)
March Cantankerous. (In: Living echoes. Wellington: Sunshine Music Trust, 2014)
Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Otago and Southland Provincial Districts, p. 218 (photo source)
Murray, D. Stories on stone. Easton
English & Foreign (later British & Foreign) Piano Agency
Ceased business: 1923
Primarily a piano business (it also sold bicycles) founded in Queen Street, Auckland in 1898 by members of the Nathan family. The business’ long-time manager was Sydney Coldicutt, a piano tuner who was also a minor shareholder. The business changed its name from English & Foreign Piano Agency to British & Foreign Piano Agency sometime after the First World War. The business published three pieces of music: Two veterans (1903), Britannia’s hearts and hands (1906) and They’ll ‘elp us to rule the waves (1906).
Estelle, see Willson, Ellen
Fahey, William Henry
Pianist, violinist, composer
Born: 1867, New Zealand
Died: 1910, Dunedin
Amateur musician and poet who at various times was employed as an accountant, gold miner, commercial traveller and in the Lands Department. As well as his set of waltzes he also wrote Beautiful Dunedin: its environs and the cold lakes of Otago: a memento from Maoriland (Dunedin: Evening Star, 1906).
Sweet thoughts of thee: Valse. (Dunedin: Charles Begg & Co, 1891)
Fleury, Achille de Raisson
Violinist, conductor, composer, teacher
Died: 1875, 31 October, Calcutta, India
Active in New Zealand: 1862-1872
Born in France, Achille Fleury went to Melbourne in 1853. He later moved to Ballarat. In 1862 he toured New Zealand with George Loder and stayed on in Dunedin where he joined the Princess Theatre orchestra, becoming conductor in April 1863. The same year he formed the Provincial Brass Band which gave its debut at the Princess Theatre in August 1863. Fleury was also conductor of the St Joseph’s choir and formed the St Patrick’s Society Brass Band.
In 1868, the Henrietta Waltz dedicated to music teacher, Henrietta Bell, was published. His second composition, the Dunedin Polka was published in 1869 and dedicated to HRH the Duke of Edinburgh who was visiting New Zealand at the time. It was reported later that the prince rewarded him with a diamond ring and ordered the piece to be printed, taking 1000 copies for himself. Both pieces were published by Begg’s.
Fleury left Dunedin in October 1871 and went to Christchurch where he was declared insolvent. He later went to Wellington and became conductor at the Theatre Royal. On 3 March 1875 he left New Zealand with Allen’s Royal English Opera Company and died while touring with them in India.
Henrietta Waltz. (Dunedin: Charles Begg, 1868)
Dunedin Polka. (Dunedin: Charles Begg, 1869)
Australharmony – for Achille Fleury’s activities in Australia.
Flood, William Haydon (sometimes, Haydn or Hayden)
Music teacher, organist, pianist, conductor, accompanist, piano tuner
Born: 1829, England
Died: 1908, Wellington
Active in New Zealand: 1863-1908
William Haydon Flood was the son of a music teacher in Devon. He followed in his father’s footsteps and after a time in the First Regiment of Lifeguards was appointed as organist at St Mary’s Redcliffe, Bristol in 1855. He left for Australia and New Zealand in 1862. Arriving in Dunedin in 1863, over the next forty years he moved frequently, settling and working in many parts of the country. Making his livelihood as a music teacher, conductor, organist, accompanist and piano tuner, he struggled financially throughout his life, being forced to file for bankruptcy twice (1868 and 1884) and also being charged with failing to support his wife and family of 4 children under 14. Flood composed a number of works both before and after his arrival in New Zealand, several of which were published. He lived the last years of his life at the Ohiro Benevolent Home in Wellington and is buried in a pauper’s grave in Karori cemetery.
Clifton Waltz. (Wellington: R. Burrett, 1871)
Wellington Volunteers Galop. (Wellington: R. Burrett, 1872)
Canterbury Volunteers Galop. (Christchurch: Bonnington, 1874)
Akaroa Waltz (Christchurch. Lyttleton Times, 1886)
Music teacher, violinist, stringed instrument repairer, conductor, music retailer, piano tuner and composer
Born: 1862(?), Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: 1931, 26 April, Wellington
Active in New Zealand: 1868-1931
Forrest arrived in Auckland as a child in February 1868 on the ship “Maori”. While in Auckland he took music lessons from Francois Cailliau before moving to Napier.
He married Ada Maud Townsend in 1887, (she was born in New Plymouth 1868), after which they moved to Wellington. Forrest also took some theory lessons from Alfred Hill, and along with music teaching established and led a string band called “Forrest’s Orchestra”, as well as conducted The Post and Telegraph Orchestra. He led the choir of the Primitive Methodist Church in Webb St and had a music retail shop at Riddiford St, Newtown and later in Courtney Pl. He promoted the Truebridge System of Hand Training.
Ada Forrest also taught music, and played the cello in her husband’s string band. She died aged 71 in 1939.
Adeline Waltz. (Wellington: A E Cousins, 1897)
Francois Caillau (teacher)
Alfred Hill (teacher)
Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Wellington Provincial District, p. 442, (photo source)
Forrester, Alice – see Rowley, Alice
Band conductor, music teacher, composer, music retailer and cornet player.
Born: Napier, 1859
Died: Christchurch, 22 July, 1909
George Garry started his career in Napier, when amonst other things he conducted a performance of Haydn’s Toy Symphony. He was then pivotal in the establishment of the New Plymouth Philharmonic Society, and bandmaster of the New Plymouth Military Band. He was also organist at St Mary’s New Plymouth, conductor of the New Plymouth Amateur Opera Society and musical director of a touring musical theatre group. He conducted the Wonderland Band at the Christchurch Exhibition in 1906.
He composed a number of songs and dances as well as pieces for brass band.
Lena. 1894 (Unpublished)
Ours next. In: New Zealand Music Monthly, June, 1889.
Ye olde Englishe barn dance. (New Plymouth, Collier, 1891)
At last. (New Plymouth: Kingsley, 1893)
The brave old pioneers. (Wellington: Fookes, 1893)
Struck oil (1895)
At last. (New Plymouth: Kinglsey, 1899)
I want yer, ma honey (arr). (New Plymouth: Hooker, 1899)
Our glorious Dick. (New Plymouth: Hooker, 1899)
The song of football. (New Plymouth: Hooker, 1899)
Stockwhip galop. (New Plymouth: Hooker, 1899)
Stockwhip mazurka. (New Plymouth: Hooker, 1899)
The flag that rules the world. (New Plymouth: Hooker, 1900)
In the fair land of love. (Unpiblished, 1902)
Don’t forget to leave the top line as it stands. (New Plymouth: Hooker, 1905)
Gilbert, Edward Ellery
Piano tuner, music retailer, singer, cabinetmaker
Born: 1848, Brighton, England
Active in New Zealand: 1880-1924
Edward E Gilbert came to Nelson in 1852 with his parents and trained as a cabinetmaker before going to Melbourne. While there he trained as a piano tuner and repairer, returning to New Zealand in 1880 where he based himself at Whanganui as a tuner. He then set up a retail business in Victoria Avenue. His son, Ellery George Gilbert, trained as a piano tuner with Begg’s and then worked in his father’s business. They travelled throughout the Taranaki, Whanganui and Feilding districts tuning pianos in conjunction with operating their shop.
Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Taranaki, Hawke’s Bay and Wellington Provincial, 1908, p.598 (photo source)
Pianist, music retailer, composer
Born: 1878, Williamstown, Australia
Died: 1959, Melbourne
Active in New Zealand: 1898-1923
From 1898 toured New Zealand with Tom Pollard’s Opera Company and other performers as accompanist. In 1916 he was appointed the Invercargill branch manager of the Dresden Pianoforte Manufacturing & Agency Company, a position he held until 1923 when moved to Melbourne.
Speak to me thee. (Dunedin: Caxton, 1899)
Gentlemen. The King. (Melbourne: Allan & Co, c1910)
Gunter, Howel Edward
Music teacher, pianist, composer
Born: 1870, England
Died: 1951, Palmerston North?
Active in New Zealand: 1894?-1951
Gunter studied piano in London and Germany before relocating to Adelaide, Australia in 1891. After touring with the Albu Concert Party he settled in Palmerston North where he established himself as a piano teacher. He continued his studies in Melbourne and Leipzig, returning to Palmerston North where he continued to teach and perform both as a soloist and accompanist.
How would we know (Wellington: McKee & Gamble, 1897)
Gavotte. (Wellington: McKee, 1899)
Berceuse, and Characteristic piece, for organ (Unpublished, 1918)
Cyclopedia of New Zealand: Wellington Provincial District (photo source)
Hamapere, Tamati – see de Clive-Lowe
Hankins, Melville Earl
Pianist, musical director, composer
Born: c1884, place unknown
Died: 1961, New Zealand
Melville Earl Hankins composed under the name Melville Earl. He was accompanist and musical director of light entertainments in Wellington and Secretary of the Wanganui Amateur Operatic Society. He worked for the Post Office in Hastings and Wanghanui and composed a number of songs as well as a march for the International Exhibition in 1906 held in Christchurch.
Exhibition March. (Wellington: C M Banks Ltd, 1906)
Don’t wear your heart away. (Wellington: Charles Begg & Co, 1916)
Silver Wings. (Wellington: Andrew Williams Music Stores, 1943)
Land of love.
Hart, George Robert
Journalist, music critic
Born: 1841, England
Died: 1911, Christchurch
Active in New Zealand: 1841-1911
George Hart was a member of one of the early settler families in Christchurch. His father. Michael, was Mayor of Christchurch. He joined The Press in 1870 and became its drama and music critic until his death. He was also an active member of the Christchurch Liedertafel, and according to his obituary published a small book on its history entitled Fifty years of music . He was also on the Christchurch City Council Organ Committee.
“Mr Geo. R. Hart. Obituary”, The Press, 23 March, 1911.
Music director, organist, pianist, bells, composer, music teacher
Born: 1858, England
Died: 1925, Greymouth
Active in New Zealand: 1892-1925 (with periods residing in Australia)
Henry (Harry) Hawkins was organist at St Paul’s, Southport and studied at the Royal Academic of Music. He came to New Zealand while accompanying George Snazelle on his Australasian tour. Hawkins stayed on and took up numerous positions as music director for variety theatre productions, working for companies including Pollards, Dix, McMahon and Fullers. After a period working in Australia he returned and settled in Greymouth where he played the piano for the picture theatre as well as teaching music.
On Trafalgar Day. (Unpublished, 1905)
Dame fortune. (Ashburton, L. Owen, 1907)
I wonder will they welcome me at home sweet home (arranger). (Melbourne : A. M. Dinsdale, 191?)
Violin maker and restorer
Born: 1867, Palmerston North
Died: 1938, Auckland
James Hewitt was a violin maker, active in both Dunedin and Auckland. He was a pupil of his uncle, William Bowman, and his son and grandson continued the family tradition. His violins were played by Kubelik during his New Zealand tour and he received a gold medal at the Christchurch Exhibition, along with a gold and silver at the New Zealand Exhibition, 1906. He used native and imported timbers and his violins are still highly regarded.
Auckland Museum. Collections Online
Harrop, C. Musical Instrument Makers: Excellence in Isolation. Auckland Museum website.
“James Hewitt”. Stringed Instrument Workshop.
Music teacher, conductor, composer, violinist, organ and piano tuner
Born: 1858?, Wigan, England
Died: 1931, New Plymouth?
Active in New Zealand: 1870s – 1931
Joseph Higham received his musical training from his father, John Higham, and Arthur Keogh. He performed in a number of orchestras in England before leaving for Australia in 1874 and finally settling in Taranaki.
He was very active as a conductor, including the Hawera Choral Society, the Ladies Orchestra of Hawera, the Liliputian Orchestra and a number of brass bands. While in New Plymouth he published the Colonial Brass and Military Brass Band Journal, which included a number of his own compositions as well as some by other New Zealand resident composers. He championed the idea of a New Zealand Eisteddford, and also acted as choirmaster for various New Plymouth and Hawera Catholic churches.
Colonial Belle. (New Plymouth: Colonial Brass and Military Band Journal, 1888)
Defiance. (New Plymouth: Colonial Brass and Military Band Journal, 1888)
Waikato. (New Plymouth: Colonial Brass and Military Band Journal, 1888)
Zealandia. New Plymouth: Colonial Brass and Military Band Journal, 1888)
On this auspicious day: Exhibition Ode. (Unpublished, 1893)
He mea aroha (the lovers) : duet for two cornets. (New Zealand Musical Monthly, 1899)
Rawhiti mazourka. Violin and piano (Wellington: McKee, 1899)
The land where the old folk lie: with pipes obligato. (Hawera, 1907)
Cyclopaedia of New Zealand : Taranaki & Hawkes Bay Supplement, p. 82-83.
Hill, George Alexander (Alec)
Businessman, composer, singing teacher.
Born: 1873?, England?
Died: 1914, Christchurch
Active in New Zealand: 1895?-1914
Alec Hill worked in variety of business interests in Wellington, New Plymouth and Timaru, including being District Manager of the Ocean Accident Corporation Ltd. He was also very involved as a committee member with rugby and kennel clubs. His most successful song was Rosemary, and he wrote a number of other published and unpublished songs.
Rosemary. (Dunedin: Dresden, 1899) and later editions by Reynolds, and Ascherberg
Shadows. (London: Reynolds, 1902)
Love’s vision. (London: Reynolds, 1903)
Song of Empire. (London: Reynolds, 1904)
Cadet’s marching song. (Dunedin: Dresden, 1905}
Marjorie. (London: Frederick Harris, 1905)
Composer, violinist, conductor
Born: 1870, Melbourne
Died: 1960, Sydney
Active in New Zealand: 1880s – 1910
Alfred Hill is without doubt the most important New Zealand composer of this period. Although born in Australia he came as a child to Wellington and spent the early part of his composing and performing career in New Zealand. He studied at the Leipzig Conservatory, and on his return to New Zealand actively pursued a career in music, performing, conducting and composing. His Commemorative Ode was performed at the Exhibition in Christchurch in 1906 which was the occasion of the coming together of New Zealand’s first professional orchestra. He wrote a number of works for the stage, several of which demonstrated his interest in Maori music and legends. He moved to Sydney in 1910 and in 1916 he took up a position of Professor of Composition at the New South Wales Conservatory.
Compositions pre-1920 (Selected)
Slumber song. (Leipzig: Wild, 1892)
My fairest child. (Wellington: F. Jones, 1895)
A brigand am I. (Auckland: Eady, 1905)
A Moorish maid. (1905)
Tangi. (London: Boosey, 1905)
New Zealand Exhibition Commemorative Ode. (Christchurch: Lyttleton Times, 1906)
Waiata poi. (Dunedin: McIndoe, 1907)
Maori canoe. (London: Boosey, 1908)
String quartet no. 1. (Leipzig: Breitkopf u. Hartel, 1913)
String quartet no. 2. “A Maori legend” (Leipzig: Brietkopf u Hartel, 1913)
String quartet no.3. “Carnival”
String quartet no.4.
The Leipzig diary : Alfred Hill. Edited by Donald Maurice (Wollongong : Wirripang, 2008.)
Thomson. J.M. A distant music (Auckland: OUP, 1980)
Thomson, J. M. ‘Hill, Alfred Francis’, Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, https://teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/2h35/hill-alfred-francis
Hiscocks, Harry (Stephen Henry)
Organist, music teacher, composer, song writer, violinist
Born: 1883, Auckland
Died: 1949, Auckland
The son of Philip Hiscocks, Harry Hiscocks was a leading figure in the Auckland music community in the first part of the twentieth century. He was organist at St Patricks Cathedral Auckland, Christchurch Catholic Cathedral, St Benedicts and Sacred Heart Ponsonby. He wrote a considerable number of salon pieces for the piano and also advertised as an arranger and music setter of other people’s song texts, several of which were patriotic songs during the first and second world wars.
Mass – unpublished. (1900)
Coronation march. (Auckland : A. Eady, )
Vesper Service in C. Unpublished 
Little sweethearts waltz : for the pianoforte. (Auckland, N.Z. : A. Eady, }
Ode in honour of the visit of his Eminence Cardinal Moran. 
The snow lay on the ground – Christmas carol. Unpublished 
Laudate pueri. Unpublished 
O gloriosa virginum. Unpublished 
Dreaming : (l’adoree de mon coeur) : valse song. (Rotorua, N.Z. : Newson & Stroud Publications, [191-?])
Hail coronation morn : grand souvenir patriotic song and chorus. (Auckland : Queen City Press, [1910?])
Chant d’amour (song of love) : morceau de salon. (Auckland [N.Z.] : A. Eady, c1914)
O salutaris hostia. Unpublished 
The Kaiser Hate . (Auckland, 1915)
The nun’s prayer : fantasia for the pianoforte. (London : A. Eady, c1916)
Wild roses. (Auckland: A. Eady, 1916)
The Angelus : nocturne for piano. (Auckland : A. Eady & Co., )
Fall of pearls : mazurka caprice for the piano. (Auckland [N.Z.] : A. Eady, c1917)
Love-waves. (Auckland : The Wilson Engraving Service, [1917?])
Marche triumphale – organ. –Unpublished 
Twilight dreams : reverie serenade. Auckland [N.Z.] : A. Eady & Co., [1920?]
Dream of roses : romance. Auckland [N.Z.] : A. Eady, c1920.
In paradisum = In paradise : melodie celeste. (Auckland: A. Eady, c1920)
Moonlight ripples : morceau de salon. Auckland : A. Eady & Co., 
A Mother’s song. (Rotorua : Impulse Publications, )
Hail Glorious St Patrick. (1919)
Pearls of dew : mazurka de salon. (Auckland : A. Eady, c1920)
La rose blanche = The white rose : gavotte de salon. (Auckland : A Eady Ltd., c1920)
Noël : Christmas pastorale : le rêve de Bethléem. (Auckland : A. Eady & Co., c1921)
L’avalanche = the avalanche : grand fantaisie de concert. (Auckland : A. Eady, c1922)
Le Chant des fleurs. (1922)
The All Blacks : (rugby football boys) : a song with a kick in it! (Auckland : Wright & Jacques, Printers, )
The old Taff River : song. (Auckland : Premier Duplicating Service, [192-?])
The jungle song. (Rotorua : F.A. Bartholomew, )
In a Spanish garden : song-gavotte. ([Auckland] : Premier Duplicating Service, [1935?])
The new world to come. (Auckland: Hiscocks, 1936)
A New Zealand melody. (1936)
Heroes of the Tasman. ([New Zealand], [Harry Hiscocks?], [1938?])
“Call to arms” : Aotearoa’s marching song. (New Zealand , 1940)
Laddie boy : song. (Rotorua : Newson & Stroud, [194-?])
New Zealand will be there. (Morrinsville [N.Z.] : [E. Keatinge?], [1940?])
Ao-tea-roa (Land of the long white cloud) : battle hymn. (Auckland : Wright & Jaques : Distributors Brown & Stewart, [194-?])
My Maungakeikei queen. (Rotorua : Newson & Stroud, [194-?])
Kiss me goodnight in Hawaii : love song. (Rotorua : Newson & Stroud Publications, )
They shall not land : patriotic song. ([New Zealand?] : s.n., [between 1939 and 1945])
Grey haired lady : (memories of my mother). (Rotorua : Newson & Stroud Publications, )
To the memory of Medalis (Polish Forces). (Rotorua : Newson & Stroud, )
The British Empire. (Rotorua : [Newson & Stroud Publications, 1947])
Thank God for thoughts. (Rotorua : Newson & Stroud, [195-?])
My heart of a rosary. [S.l. : s.n., 19–?] (Auckland : Wright & Jaques, Printers)
I love you, only you). (?)
Wedding bells. (?)
To the memory of Medalis. Included in New Zealand presents (available through Nga Taonga Sound and Vision)
Hiscocks, Philip Francis
Choirmaster, violin teacher, orchestra conductor, retailer
Born: 1847, Wales
Died: 1937, Auckland
Active in New Zealand: 1874-1937
Philip Hiscocks was choirmaster at St Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral in Auckland for over 30 years, wth his son, Harry, being organist for a number of those years. He was also choirmaster at St Benedicts Church and a music teacher, especially for the violin. In addition to his musical activities he ran the Auckland Catholic Depot.
Royal Jubilee waltz. (Auckland: Eady, 1887)
Festival overture. (Unpublished, 1897)
Theatrical performer, composer
Born: 1862, Napier
Died: 1951, London
Active in New Zealand: 1880s to 1910s
Isabella (Bella) Mary Hitchings was born in Napier in 1862. She was active in Hawkes Bay musical circles, performing in local concerts and as a member of the Napier Operatic Society and Dramatic Club. She won prizes at the Auckland Society of Arts music competitions in 1885 and 1886, moving shortly afterwards to settle in England to pursue a theatrical career.
Valse Brillante “Daphne”. (Melbourne, W. H. Glen, 1882)
Hope, Adrian – see Brown, James
Hope, Raymond – see Brown, James
Horne, Robert Adam
Music retailer, pianist, composer
Born: 1869, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Died: 1956, Christchurch
Active in New Zealand: 1900-1956
Horne’s first employment after he and his wife moved to New Zealand was as a piano tuner and repairer for the Dresden Piano Company. He was then appointed manager of the Apollo Music shop, later taking on the position of Manager for the Dresden/Bristol Piano Company.
He was very busy as an accompanist at many concerts and recitals including for his third wife, the soprano Rose Ada Lawrence Parsons. He was a successful composer, with his song Haere Tonu being recorded by several artists and re-printed. He wrote a mixture of songs and orchestral works, although the arrangement of his orchestral works was sometimes completed by another composer, including Arthur Lilly. Horne the Vice-President of the Christchurch Orchestral Society for some years.
His wife wrote one successful song under the pseudonym Rosada Lawrence, Achal at the sea, which was recorded by the Scottish singer Fraser George.
Tasma. (Hobart: A. Munnew, 1893?)
L’Adieu nocturne. (Hobart: A. Minnew, 189-?)
Secret divine. (Dunedin: Dresden, 1900)
La march heroique. (Unpublished, 1905)
The violin player. (London: Enoch, 1906)
With the tide. (Melbourne: Allan, 1908)
Jours passe. Intermezzo. (London: Hawke, 1911)
Twilight dreams. Melodie for violin and piano. (Melbourne: Allan, 1912?)
Valse debonnaire. (London: Bosworth, 1912)
Night of dreams. (London: Larway, 1913)
Haere tonu. (Auckland: A. Eady, 1916), also Melbourne, Allan.
Melodie d’amour. (Unpublished, 1916)
Romance, for cello. (Unpublished, 1917)
Crown of love. (Dunedin: Begg’s, 1917)
Corisande, for orchestra. (Unpublished, 1917)
The Tramway copper trail. (Unpublished, 1918)
Once in a long twilight. (London: Cary, 1919)
Garden of feast’s delight. (Unpublished, 1920)
Dorothy D waltz. (London: Swan, 1921)
Old man care: community song. (Wellington: Whitcombe & Tombs, 1921)
Gentlemen, the King. (Unpublished, 1922)
BB March. (London: Hawkes, 1925)
Jubilee ode: for the diamond jubilee of the Christchurch City Council. (Auckland: Whtcombe & Tombs, 1928)
Requiem song. (Sydney: Chappell, 1928)
Ave Maria, with violin obligato. (London, 1929)
In Memorium, arr. A. Lilly. (Unpublished, 1930)
Lullaby. (London, 1932)
Loretto. (Unpublished, 193-?)
Art thou weary. (Unpublished, 1935)
Aotearoa overture. (Unpublishd, 1940)
There’s a red cross flying. (Unpublished, 1940)
Haere Tonu. Columbia. Master WT 907. Rotohiko Haupapa (bass-baritone) and the Rotorua Maori Choir with piano accompaniment by Gil Dech. Recorded April 16, 1930 in Rotorua, New Zealand.
Jours passe. Intermezzo.
Loretto. Kentwell, Wilbur, Hammond organ. Parlaphone, 193-?
Jane, P. An historical survey of the establisment of an orchestral tradition in Christchurch to 1939. PhD thesis, University of Canterbury, 2009.
Launceston Family Album
Howie, Fanny Rose (also known as Princess Te Rangi Pai)
Singer, composer, singing teacher
Born: 1868, Tokomaru Bay
Died: 1916, Opotiki
Tribal affiliations: Te Whanau-a-Apanui and Ngati Porou
Despite having little music training as a child, Howie’s talent was recognised and she was encouraged to seek training. Studying first in Australia and then England, adopting Te Rangi Pai as her stage name in 1900. Her debut performance in Liverpool in 1901 was well received and she continued an active performing career until her return to New Zealand in 1905. Ill health forced her to give up performance but she continued to teach and composed a number of songs, of which Hine e hine continues to be often performed and arranged for a range of resources.
Maori slumber song: hine e hine. (London: Beal Stuttard, 1905)
Youth and a day. (Sydney: Paling, 1909)
Chadwick, Tony. ‘Howie, Fanny Rose’, Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, https://teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/3h40/howie-fanny-rose (accessed 6 January 2020)
Te Rangi Pai papers. MSS &-Archives-A-25 University of Auckland Special Collections
Anderson, J C, active 1908-1960. Princess Te Rangi Pai. Ref: PAColl-6075-35. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23109675
Born: 1843, unknown
Died: 1906, Sydney
Active in New Zealand: 1863-1883
Marcus Hume was appointed House Steward of Dunedin Hospital by the Provincial Government c1863. He later had a boot shop and then farmed before leaving for Australia in 1883. Hume conducted several bands, including the Coloured Opera Troupe, out of which the Dunedin Artillery Band was formed, and the Headquarters’ Band. His only known composition is the musical setting of Thomas Bracken’s poem Tramp of the fire brigade.
Tramp of the fire brigade. (Dunedin: Charles Begg, 1876, also published in Ballarat)
Tramp of the fire brigade in Ouida musical folio no 1. (Dunedin: Charles Begg, 1891)
Tramp of the fire brigade in DVD recording Songs of Old Dunedin, 2007.
Hunt, Horace George
Born: 1886, London, England
Died: 1981, San Francisco, U.S.A
Pianist, choral conductor, composer
The son of R. Leslie Hunt, Horace Hunt displayed musical talent from an early age. He was educated at St John’s College, Auckland and took a music degree at Victoria University College, Wellington. A pianist and composer, he was interned in Germany during World War 1 as he had been studying piano in Berlin when war was declared. He returned to New Zealand but left in 1925 to settle in the USA, moving into the field of choral conducting including working with the Boston Symphony Orchedstra. He returned to Wellington for two years in the 1940s but then moved to California for the rest of his life.
Loolaloo, a lullaby. (London: Enoch, 1913)
Recitative, By my Command, and Aria, Where-e’er you walk .New Pianoforte arrangement by Horace Hunt. (New York : J. Fischer & Bro, 1929)
Hunt, Robert Leslie
Born: 1852, London, England,
Died: 1923, Auckland
Active in New Zealand: 1891
Administrator, organist and choirmaster, music teacher
R. Leslie Hunt was organist and choirmaster at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Parnell. He was also a private music teacher, visiting music teacher at St John’s College, President of the Auckland Society of Musicians and honorary organist of the Auckland Choral Society. An active mason he also contributed to the music of various lodges. For 29 years he was Secretary of the Jubilee Institute for the Blind.
Hunt was also the father of the pianist and conductor Horace Hunt. In 1898 he contributed an Appendix to Curson-Sigger’s Manual for Holy Communion (Dunedin: Wilkie) containing music suitable for the service.