Douglas Lilburn, one of the pioneers of classical music in New Zealand, was born in Whanganui on 2 November 1915, and studied music and journalism in Christchurch.
In 1936 his tone poem Forest won the Percy Grainger Competition - the first of a series of prizes his music attracted. The following year he went to London to study with Vaughan Williams at the Royal College of Music.
Douglas Lilburn died in Wellington on 6 June 2001, aged eighty-five.
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