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A rendering of a National Music Center artist coming to Wellington.
Wellington Town Hall’s new premier music venue will be named the Lloyd Morrison Theatre, with a $2 million donation from Infratil, Morrison & Co and The Lloyd Morrison Trust.
The late Lloyd Morrison was a Wellington-based investment banker and entrepreneur who founded Infratil and Morrison & Co. He died of leukemia in his 2012.
The theater will be a premier music venue, including a foyer, practice rooms, recording suite, in-house sound and lighting, and up to 200-seat performance space on the corner of Wakefield Street and Michael Fowler Lane.
It will be part of the National Music Center, a collaboration between the University of Victoria, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) and Wellington City Council. The center will be built around the resilient, redeveloped Wellington City Hall.
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Dame Kerry Prendergast, chairman of the National Music Center’s fundraising campaign, said he was pleased to have Morrison’s name on the prominent space and said it would provide an appropriate legacy.
“Lloyd was a great friend to me personally, to Wellington, and to art in general,” said Prendergast.
The $2 million contribution brought the total to $21 million of the campaign’s $30 million goal.
The Lloyd Morrison Theater will open when Wellington City Hall opens in 2025.
NZSO and the University’s New Zealand School of Music Te Kōkī (NZSM) are based at the centre, a vibrant community facility supporting greater access to music and the arts, including lunchtime concerts, public lectures, workshops and seminars. provide. and an art display.
NZSM Director Professor Sally Jane Norman said the center is an exciting initiative to provide vibrant community facilities alongside NZSO and Te Kōkī, home of the New Zealand School of Music.