Thursday 26th July

Community Engagement July Update

Coming up in August, we are delighted to be holding the Courage to Create composition workshop on Sunday 5th Augustm 2-5pm, at the CSO Rehearsal Rooms at 2/4 Klondyke Drive, featuring brand new works by nine composers from all over the South Island, ranging from a 13 year old student to music students at the Universities of Canterbury and Otago, established, working musicians. The pieces will be performed by a skeleton orchestra, conducted by Kenneth Young, who will play the dual role of conductor and composer, offering advice and feedback to the composers. 

Observation for the workshop is free. If you would like to register as an observer, please RSVP to

Also coming up at the beginning of the month, from 6th to 11th August, four CSO musicians will be embedding themselves at Christchurch East School for a week-long residency as part of the Karawhiua! Let's Play! programme. The musicians will be working alongside students to rehearse various projects, including learning to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on harp, violin and recorder, and creating a dance to go with it, and learning a song played on buckets with drumsticks about global warming. The students will perform these items for their whanau, peers and teachers at an end-of-week showcase concert. 

And save the date for 17th September, 7.30pm at the Christchurch Boys High school hall, where nine high school orchestras will be giving their final showcase performance to finish off the Secondary Schools Orchestra Festival, hosted by the CSO in conjunction with the Canterbury & Westland Secondary Music Teachers Association. This year we have nine school orchestras participating, including a combined Marlborough Nelson youth orchestra who are busking and holding concerts to fundraise to come down to Christchurch for the festival. Click here to read more about themIn addition to the showcase concert, some of the students will be performing, flash mob style, at the Christchurch Bus Interchange, 12-2pm, in the brand new Orchestras On Board initiative.