Join us as we celebrate Christmas and the end of another great CSM year at Christchurch’s beautiful new library, Tūranga. Starting at 11am all our ensembles will be performing throughout the library. There’ll also be an opportunity to try out the instruments in the TSB Space, and food and merchandise for sale.
CSM’s Open Day is a wonderful opportunity for the public to come and have a good look around the School – see lessons and ensembles in action and have a go at an instrument yourself. There’ll be a food stall and CSM merchandise for sale and lots of great music to listen to. If there are specific ensembles you would like to hear check out the front page of our website to see the timetable. Lessons run between 9am and 12.00pm. Come on down to Catholic Cathedral College – all welcome!
The Christchurch School of Music Council is looking for a new treasurer. It is a hardworking supportive Council who take their responsibility for the governance of the school very seriously. If you have the skills listed in the attached ad and would like to contribute to our wonderful School please let us know.
CSM is presenting a music themed holiday programme for Kidsfest from 16-20 July each day from 9am-3pm. Throughout the week the children will learn a new instruments, play in an ensemble, listen to some expert musicians, play musical games and create some musical crafts. Lots of music learning and fun guaranteed.
You can enrol your child/ren through Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/magical-musical-mayhem-tickets-44215365348
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!
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.
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!!