Christchurch School of Music

Easter weekend

Easter weekend

We will be closing the office at 1.00pm on Thursday 29 March and re-opening on Tuesday 3 April at 9am. We are closed on Saturday 31 March for the Easter break. If you have a week-day lesson please discuss with your teacher whether you will have a lesson next week. The last day of term for Saturday students is 7 April. Have a wonderful Easter everyone!

Two great events this weekend

This weekend CSM has two important events, both on Sunday 4 March.

From 11am-3pm we will have a stall at Children’s Day which is being held on the corner of Locksley St and New Brighton Rd. Our wonderful Junior Symphony Orchestra will be performing on the stage at 11.10am.

Then at 3pm our string orchestra, Camerata will present their first concert of the year in the UC Concert Room at the Arts Centre under the baton of Patrick Shepherd. This programme is built around a new work specially composed for Camerata and its conductor Patrick Shepherd, “Reflections” by Christchurch composer John Emeleus. Soprano Charlotte Wilson is the soloist for Caro Mio Ben, Shenandoah and two songs by Gerald Finzi, all of which have been especially arranged for strings by the conductor. Also on the programme is Pierne’s delightful Serenade and a Fantasia by Purcell as well as Warlock’s ever-popular Capriol Suite.

Busy CSM weekend

As well as our usual full Saturday morning with lessons, classes and ensembles all in full flight there were several other exciting things happening this weekend. Well known NZ Big Band leader, Rodger Fox was here running a workshop for an enthusiastic group of players – after 10 solid hours of rehearsing they performed for their friends and families on Sunday afternoon. Check out our Facebook page for a video of one of the charts they played. While the big band was rehearsing in the Hall on Sunday, Camerata Strings were rehearsing for their concert on 4 March in the music block and on Saturday the Samba Band entertained at the Little River Drum Festival. So much music!!

Year underway

The CSM year is well underway and it has been a fantastic start to the year. Our ensembles are all thriving and lots of new students enjoying their lessons. New enrolments are always welcome so give us a call if you are interested in having lessons or joining one of our great ensembles.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all at CSM

The CSM office will close at 5pm on Wednesday 20 December and open again on Monday 15 January at 9am.

We wish you all a restful holiday and look forward to seeing you back in 2018.


UC CYO presents “Our Music, Our Voice”

Join us for the UC CYO’s final concert for 2018 where you will hear and see music composed and conducted by our players. This will be a wonderful opportunity to share the versatility and talent of our players.

Saturday 2 December 7pm, Christchurch City Salvation Army

Tickets from Eventfinda. Door sales available

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Please see below the agenda for the Christchurch School of Music’s Annual General meeting to be held on Sunday 29 October in the atrium at Selwyn House School at 4.30pm. All adult students, parents and staff are welcome.

AGM notice – 29 October 2017

It’s Showcase Time!

CSM’s annual Showcase concert is on this Saturday in the Isaac Theatre Royal at 5.00pm.

Opening with the jazz combo on stage as the audience arrives and a huge brass fanfare, the concert features massed items combining most of the CSM ensembles.

Choirs, Ukuleles, Recorders and Guitars

Friday Youth Band and Jazz @ 4,

Massed concert band featuring players from Windpower, Windjammers, the Clarinet and Saxophone ensembles and Concert Band

The UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra with soloist, Sarang Roberts

Massed orchestra featuring players from the Junior Symphony Orchestra, the Intermediate Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia and the UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra

There will also be pop up performances from two soloists, the Christchurch Recorder Ensemble and the Samba Band.


Tickets available from Ticketek

Chamber Music @ Nut Point

This Saturday 12 August, several of our chamber groups, a recorder ensemble and soloists will be performing as part of the Nut Point concert series. Nut Point is in West Melton at 703 Old West Coast Rd so it’s a lovely weekend drive and they provide the best afternoon teas during the interval. It would be great to have lots of support from the CSM community for this celebration of our chamber music groups and individual performers. The concert starts at 2pm. Only $15 per person.

The UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra presents “Angels and Goblins”

Under the baton of conductor, Helen Renaud, the UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra is excited to present its second concert for 2017.

This Christchurch School of Music concert will feature the exciting El Salon Mexico by Copland, the CYO concert band playing Angels in the Architecture by Ticheli, the CYO string orchestra playing the beautiful Adagio by Barber and the full orchestra performing Faure’s Sicilienne and Fileuse from “Pelleas and Milisande” and the “Water Goblin” Symphonic Poem by Dvorak.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to hear Christchurch’s top young orchestral musicians share their talent.

Purchase tickets through Eventfinda

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