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History of band rotundas explored

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/03/2017

Band rotundas come in all shapes and sizes and are used for a lot of things.

Their history in New Zealand is explored in an exhibition being launched Monday at the Turnbull Gallery at the National Library.

Co-curators Victoria University of Wellington Associate Professor of Musicology Samantha Owens and Alexander Turnbull Library music curator Dr Michael Brown discovered rotundas have been used as restaurants, observatories, protest platforms and venues for royal visits.

The exhibition will include historic and present-day photos of New Zealand band rotundas, brass band recordings and sheet music, architectural plans, early postcards featuring rotundas, and curious stories of band rotundas which Associate Professor Owens and Dr Brown have uncovered.

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