Thursday 30th August

Community Engagement Programme - August Update

August was a busy month for the CSO Community Engagement Programme, starting with a Karawhiua! Let's Play! residency in Christchurch East School, where four CSO musicians embedded themselves in the school for a week to work with students on a series of musical projects that included creating a rap poem based on human rights, a percussion-poetry performance piece based on man-made climate change, learning to play the harp and violin, and much more. Students, musicians and teachers all enjoyed the week immensely, and many parents and whanau came to support the students in the final showcase performance at the end of the week. 

CSO Principal Timpani Mark La Roche and First Violin Cathy Irons also went to Gisborne at the end of the month to collaborate with Jolt Interactive Dance in a pilot programme at Gisborne Girls' High School to challenge perceptions around dance and people with disabilities. 

In September, we'll be hosting the 2018 Secondary Schools Orchestra Festival, in conjunction with the Canterbury Westlands Secondary Music Teachers Association. This year we have nine participating youth orchestras, including a combined Nelson-Marlborough Youth Orchestra who have been busking, holding sausage sizzles and a fundraising concert to come down to Christchurch to partake in the festival. The students will be taking part in workshops with CSO musicians who will offer advice and feedback before they perform for each other and their families and friends in a final showcase concert on Monday 17th September, 7.30pm, at the Christchurch Boys High School Hall. Attendance is free. 

This year, as part of the festival, some of the participating students will be partaking in Orchestras On Board, where they will take over th Christchurch Bus Interchange during lunch time on Monday 17th September to perform for commuters. 

We would also like to invite new and established conductors, music teachers, students and interested members of the public to apply for our upcoming Conducting Workshop in November, with CSO Chief Conductor Benjamin Northey. Participants will have the opportunity to conduct the orchestra and receive advice and feedback. To register, please click here