Jun 16, 2021
We congratulate IRMTNZ member Anita Prime of Upper Hutt on being awarded the Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) for services to youth and the community.
We also congratulate Dr. Graeme Downs of Otago University on being awarded Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to music. Dr. Downs is a rock musician who founded the Verlaines in Dunedin in 1981, at the heart of what came to be known as “the Dunedin sound”. He has a classical background – his PhD was in the symphonies of Mahler. He went on to an academic career at Otago University teaching band performance, songwriting, analysis, and music theory.