The CSO offers a wide range of opportunities through the Tune Up programme for musicians of all ages and abilitiesa to further develop their musical skills and knowledge. We look forward to meeting you and sharing musical experiences together.
Chamber Music Weekend
A weekend of small ensemble music learning and performing.
Ideally suited for people who have been playing their instument for three or more years.
Come along to the CSO Chamber Music Weekend for two days of small ensemble music learning and performing. This is a great opportunity to enhance your own personal musical development with our CSO tutors in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. All orchestral instruments are welcome, and participants can register as a pre-formed group or as individuals. Groups are welcome to bring their own music, or we will provide you with music ahead of time.
Applications for the Chamber Music Weekend have now closed.
Would your concert band, orchestra or brass band like a CSO musician to come and coach a sectional for part or all of your group? We're keen to hear about the artistic goals of your organisation and to discuss how we might be able to support you to achieve these.
Led by CSO Chief Conductor Benjamin Northey, this interactive workshop offers valuable insights and helpful advice on conducting.
CompositionLab: a new music workshop for composers
This workshop provides composers of all ages and abilities with an opportunity to have a composition performed by the CSO in a relaxed and supportive environment.
Secondary Schools Orchestra Festival
Presented in association with the Canterbury Westland Secondary Music Teachers Association, the Secondary Schools Orchetra Festival includes sectionals, workshop and a combined massed orchestra performance in the Town Hall.
- Wednesday 18 September, workshops for participating orchestras
- Saturday 21 September, open CSO rehearsal and concert for participating schools
- Sunday 22 September, massed rehearsals and Showcase concert starting at 3.30pm. The massed item conducted by Chief Conductor Benjamin Northey takes place at 5.45pm.
Throughout the year, the CSO will be hosting a series of Masterclasses by CSO musicians and visiting international guest artists.
Elaine P Snowden Scholarship
This scholarship is avilable to University of Canterbury students and provides opportunities to perform in selected CSO concerts.
Alison Barwick Internship Programme
Up to two young musicians are selected annually to receive lessons, mentoring and rehearsal access to the CSO.
Professional Development for Teachers
The CSO has developed a series of workshops specifically for primary school teachers who aren't musicians but wish to offer music-based programmes to their students. Workshops aim to improve confidence through hands-on training. Participants do not need to read music or play an instrument. Applications for this workshop have now closed.