Douglas Lilburn


Below is a list of useful external resources about Douglas Lilburn. Please get in contact if you have further information that should be included on this page.

Lilburn's Music

The copyright in Douglas Lilburn's music is administered by the music publisher Songbroker for the benefit of the Lilburn Trust. For all enquiries relating to licensing, publishing and public use of Lilburn's music, please contact Songbroker on (+64) 9 846 8892, email here or via this webpage.

Lilburn's Personal Papers

Douglas Lilburn's collection of original scores, manuscripts, correspondence, recordings and other material is held at the Archive of New Zealand Music (ANZM) at the Alexander Turnbull Library. The ANZM was established in 1974 at the suggestion of Douglas Lilburn and contains much other material relating to Lilburn and other New Zealand composers. For any enquiries about researching the collection, please contact:

Lilburn's Estate

Douglas Lilburn's estate is managed by the Alexander Turnbull Library Endowment Trust for the benefit of the Lilburn Trust. The copyright in Lilburn's music is administered by Songbroker (see above), while Lilburn’s literary copyright is administered by the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington: for enquiries, please contact

Orchestral Performance Sets

The National Library of New Zealand is the designated hire agent for Douglas Lilburn's orchestral works. For enquiries about hire of performance sets, please contact the Music Hire Service via Hire sets for some orchestral works are also available from Promethean Editions for performances outside New Zealand. Please contact via

Douglas Lilburn Scores and Recordings

Scores for Douglas Lilburn’s musical compositions have been published by Promethean Editions, Waiteata Music Press and others. Recordings have been made by many record labels, including Atoll, Rattle, and Kiwi Pacific. Scores, recordings and other resources relating to Douglas Lilburn's music are available from SOUNZ and other outlets.


Douglas Lilburn's former house at 22 Ascot Street in Wellington was purchased by the Lilburn Residence Trust in 2005. The Trust offers use of the residence to the New Zealand School of Music/Creative New Zealand Composer-in-Residence.

The Lilburn Prize

The Lilburn Prize was established in 2000 as a national composition competition. It is jointly run by Radio New Zealand Concert and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra... read more

Lilburn Centennial

In 2015, the centenary of Douglas Lilburn's birth was celebrated around New Zealand and the world through concerts, talks, conferences, radio programmes and other projects. For a summary of Lilburn 100 activities, see the National Library of New Zealand blog Centennial Offerings.

Further Publications

  • In 2002 a boxed set of 10 audio CDs was released titled Douglas Lilburn: The Landscape of a New Zealand Composer. It contains interviews with the composer, his family, friends, and colleagues. Copies are available from the SOUNZ website.
  • In 2006 Canterbury University Press published Philip Norman's comprehensive biography Douglas Lilburn: his life and music. Copies are available from the Canterbury University Press website.
  • In 2011 to mark the 10th anniversary of Douglas Lilburn's death A Search for Tradition and A Search for a Language was published by the Lilburn Residence Trust in association with Victoria University Press.
  • In 2014 a collection of Douglas Lilburn's writings, Memories of Early Years & Other Writings, edited by Robert Hoskins, was published by Steele Roberts. Copies are available through the Steele Roberts website.