History

“Meet me at Begg’s is a big enjoyable read”.  Manawatu Herald

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Published by Ngaio Press, Wellington, this in-depth history examines the rise and fall of a fascinating business and its impact on the social history of New Zealand.  From piano manufacturing, music publishing, concert promotion and musical retailing through to gramophones and radios, Begg’s meant music to many generations of New Zealanders.

Available from all booksellers at NZ$49.95 or from the author.

Unbinding New Zealand’s musical past.  Crescendo, 100/1, February/March 2017

Review  A Passionate Affair: Llewellyn Owen & Music, by Margaret Bean.  Crescendo, 98, February/March 2016

Begg’s: the Musical and Electrical Centre.  Audioculture, New Zealand On Air, January 2016

Begg’s War . Crescendo, 95, August/September 2014

Strike up the Band – Begg’s Musical Army.  New Zealand Memories, October/November 2014

Begg’s and Music Education in New Zealand, Ritmico, Institute of NZ Registered Music Teachers’ Journal, April 2014

Selling and Making Music at Begg’s.  Otago Settlers’ Association News, March 2013

Writing the history of Charles Begg & Co.  The New Zealand Genealogist, November/December 2009

Contributed composer biographies to Farewell Zealandia: Forgotten Kiwi Songs of WWI, the 2015  exhibition developed by Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and  History, Palmerston North of original New Zealand compositions from WW1.   The exhibition later toured New Zealand.

Farewell Zealandia