Christchurch School of Music



Saturday 26 March is our last day at the Linwood College site. We are very grateful to the school for hosting us over the last two years and wish them all the best as they move to their beautiful new school.

On Saturday 2 April we move our Saturday and some weekday teaching to Avonhead Primary in Avonhead Rd.

The office, library, classroom and instrument storage will remain at 60 Ferry Rd.

We are underway!

What a fantastic first day we had on Saturday. Despite the terrible weather and the challenges of Omicron there was a great turnout of students to their lessons and ensembles. It was so good to be making music again after a long break.

Camerata Strings presents Autumn Reverie

Autumn Reverie. Camerata Strings, conductor Patrick Shepherd  

Sunday 30 May at 3.00pm, Aldersgate Centre, 309 Durham Street, Christchurch  

Admission (door sales only): $10, $5 


Autumn Reverie is a selection of music capturing the spirit of the season, with all the natural beauty of the rich russet colours. James Corigliano’s Reverie partly suggested the title of the concert as it is a bittersweet daydream that encapsulates the Autumnal mood. Keeping the seasonal analogy going, Grieg’s evergreen Holberg Suite is full of energy, pathos and drama and is always a favourite with audiences. Several works in the concert feature soloists from the ensemble, most notably Charles Avison’s Concerto in A, for which the soloists are Cherry McCallum, Claire Hobbs, Iain Ward, Margaret Hunt and Morag Macpherson. This is a lively example of late 18th Century English string writing, very much in the tradition of Boyce. Alan Rawsthorne is maybe not a name familiar to New Zealand audiences but his Light Music for Strings is a gem of the 20th Century English school, and draws on traditional Catalan tunes. Opening the concert is Patrick Shepherd’s Carpe Diem, which urges us to “seize the day” and was originally written for his doctoral graduation in 2008.

UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra Concerts

Concert 2:  The Bohemian

24th July, 7.30pm

Cashmere High School Auditorium

Cuban Overture – Gershwin|  Kol Nedrei  –  Buch |  Impromptu for Strings Op 5  – Sibelius |  Impromptu for Strings Op 5  –  Sibelius  |

Passchendaele  –  D Bloomfield  |  Symphony No 8 in G major Op 88  –  Dvorak


Concert 3:  The Masquerade

2nd October, 7.30pm

Charles Luney Auditorium

Egmont Overture  –  Beethoven  |  The Blue Danube –  Johann Strauss  |Rehua  –  Shepherd  |  Romance in Eb major  –  Finzi  |  Saga of the Clouds  –  Fisher Tull  |  Masquerade Suite  –  Khatchurian






May Music Festival

Entries are open for our May Music Festival which is on 22-23 May.

There are classes for strings, woodwind, brass and recorder as well as opportunities for duets, ensembles and beginners.

This festival is a great opportunity for students to perform to a sympathetic audience and receive some feedback.

All the information you need is here

Entries open for May Music festival

Entries are now open for the May Music Festival. All the information you need and the registration form are here:

CSM May Music Festival

Two more sleeps!

Just two more sleeps until we are underway for another exciting year of music – if you haven’t enrolled yet it’s not too late – just give us a call next week and we can sort you out.

Don’t hesitate to call or email us if you have any questions. Roll on Saturday!!

Happy New Year

Happy new year to all our families and friends. We are so looking forward to lots of great music making in 2021. Enrolments are still being accepted – you can enrol online or if you want to chat about your options just give us a call on 366-1711.

The first day of term is Saturday 13 February.