Christchurch School of Music

Chamber Music

A most enjoyable and rewarding way of making music, Chamber Music encourages all forms of musical development. Because of the small number of players involved (between three and eight participants), students are able to listen more intently to intonation, rhythm and phrasing, and work towards improving these aspects of their playing as well as developing ensemble skills. Reading ability is enhanced because each player has a separate part and therefore has to be self-reliant. Musicianship is developed as players within the ensemble can express themselves more freely than is possible within an orchestra.

In order to be able to cope with the technical demands of the music, string and wind players need to be at least grade 5 and pianists grade 6. Special consideration will be given to promising young players with good reading ability.

Chamber music groups are invited to participate in recitals and concerts given during the year and those groups whose members all attend secondary school are encouraged to enter the Secondary Schools’ Chamber Music Contest. Chamber music tutorials and rehearsals are held on weekdays, late afternoons, or on Saturday mornings.

  • PLAY! At Chamber Music Play Days

    Sundays 1.30-4.30

    Venue: Selwyn House Girls’ School 122 Merivale Lane

    Although some of our adult students play in weekly chamber music groups, we recognise that a weekly commitment is not practical for everyone.

    Held four times per year, Chamber Music Play Days provide an opportunity for small groups of adult players to get together to play, receive coaching, and perform in an informal concert at the end of the day. Ensembles range from trios to quintets or even larger if the appropriate players are available. Existing groups are most welcome, however if individual players enrol with sufficient notice, they can normally be placed in suitable ensembles. Groups can choose the work to be studied or, alternatively, CSM can select and supply copies of an appropriate work for the group.

    2017 dates

    19 March

    2 July

    27 August

    29 October

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Christchurch School of Music

60 Ferry Road
Christchurch Central
Christchurch 8011

P (03) 366 1711

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