Out of School Music Events in the holidays

Written by ChissyMusic

An orchestra concert, choir concert and a workshop.


The New Zealand Secondary Schools Symphony Orchestra is an annual orchestra that secondary students can audition for. They spend a week in the April holidays rehearsing, making friends and performing at a high level together with top players from all around New Zealand. This year there are two ex-Chisnallwood students in the orchestra! Lena Krakowiak – principal trumpet and Sho Woodhouse – principal percussion. Congratulations to these students!

Please note – the NZSSSO perform two concerts:  Note for Notes is specially designed to appeal to a younger audience – it provides a great taster of classical music and is only an hour long. $5.00 pp, door sales & cash only, all welcome. 5-6pm April 23rd in the Charles Luney Auditorium (St Margaret’s College)

The Formal Concert presents a full concert programme and is an opportunity to be inspired by the talent of our young NZ musicians. It is always a fantastic event and is 7pm-9:30pm on April 24th. Tickets for this at Eventfinda. More info at www.nzssso.com

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Cathy Irons’ music improvisation workshop opportunity for young musicians playing violin and other instruments.

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NZ Youth Choir

Did you know that when students get to secondary school, they can audition to be part of the NZ Secondary Schools’ Choir?

And even after leaving school, there is an auditioned national choir for youth aged 18-25!

On Friday April 16th they will be in Christchurch for a one-off concert at Knox Church (28 Bealey Ave) at 7:30pm. Tickets and information at:


Our nationally selected choir of singers aged 18-25 is so excited to be returning to Christchurch, Westport and Greymouth. In the last few years this award-winning ensemble have toured the South Pacific, gone viral on Facebook, sung for the Prime Minister and had many events cancelled by the Pandemic. Now they’re rearing to get back on the road and celebrate the new year with new repertoire, new singers, but the same quality which kiwis have come to expect for their NZ Youth Choir.
It is always an honor to put the black uniform. These 50 singers have been selected from all over the country to represent New Zealand. The trophy cabinet at headquarters is full to the brim and includes the “world cup” of choir singing, the “Choir of the World” trophy won in 1999 in Wales.
This is your chance to see the choir on your home turf for one night only. Pack your whānau, bring your mates, this will be one glorious night out.

Image by: Judith Bell

By Judith Bell