Wednesday 17th June

CSO at our place and yours

Now that we are able to get together again, our musicians are eager to get back out into the community with a variety of activities, including performances, demonstrations, residencies, workshops and more. 

In June, we launched a new initiative called Musical Hang Outs, which evolved out of the online programmes that CSO musicians developed over the course of lockdown. While Level 1 offers most of us our regular freedoms, some members of our community are still more likely to be isolated and, in Musical Hang Outs,  musicians engage in one on one Zoom calls with people whose health or circumstances may prevent them from going out as often. The interaction is participant-led and they are able to ask questions or make observations, sing along, and connect with the musician.  These Hang Outs have been incredibly successful for both participants and musicians alike. 

We are also launching One True Note, a new interactive musical experience for people with disabilities. Hosted either in community spaces like Brackenridge and the Chris Ruth Centre, or in the Ron Ball Studio, these 45-minute interactive performances are designed to be informal, intimate, and engaging. They are due to start at the end of July. 

Ensembles of CSO musicians will be going to  six different schools in Christchurch and the wider South Island for Karawhiua! Let's Play! residencies. They will be going to St Patrick's in Greymouth, Kaikōura Primary School, Sacred Heart in Addington, Wairākei School, Gilberthorpe School, and Burnside Primary School to work with students from all levels. These residencies are designed to engage the students' creativity, involve them in teamwork and problem solving as they develop and rehearse musical projects with our musicians that have been especially designed to suit their needs and those of their schools. 

An ensemble of ten CSO musicians will also be visiting various primary schools for interactive demonstrations. A few more spaces have opened up so we are welcoming enquiries from educators who are interested in having the ensemble come to their school. To register your interest, please fill in this form or email for more information. 

After the success of last year's pilot programme, we will be, once again, in partnership with Dementia Canterbury, hosting the Flourish programme for people living with dementia. Music is a powerful connector for people with dementia, even after names, faces, and words are forgotten, a certain piece of music can activate the brain and trigger memories.