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Life by Arthur Lilly

Life by Arthur Lilly

In 1930, the Royal Christchurch Musical Society performed Arthur Lilly’s tribute to his brother Lieutenant Leslie G Lilly.

Leslie had initially travelled to England in March 1913 to bulk up his resume. His work experience up to that point included an apprenticeship at Butterworth Bros of Dunedin followed by a job at Sargood, Son and Ewen in Wellington. This changed when he got there and he ended up enlisting with the Westminster Dragoons. After the war he resumed his career in England.

His brother Arthur stayed in New Zealand. An accomplished organist who later work at both ChristChurch Cathedral and Nelson Cathedral, Arthur composed this music in honour of his brother’s war service. Set to William Wordsworth’s poem ‘Ode: Intimations of Immortality and Early Childhood’, the orchestral piece was one of his biggest accomplishments. Arthur looked back fondly on the day it was performed in 1930.