Christchurch School of Music


May Music Festival

Congratulation to all the participants in the May Music Festival. It was such a pleasure to hear you all perform. For results please check out the May Music festival page https://www.csm.org.nz/csm-music-festival/

Progamme for 10 December.

Come and join us for a celebration of another great CSM year. Music all day – bring a picnic and enjoy

Performance TimesMarquee 1Marquee 2
9.00am-9.15amPercussion Ensemble
9.35am-9.50amSuzuki Strings
10.50am-11.05amSamba Band
11.25am-11.40amFlute Choir
12.00pm-12.20pmRock Band 1
12.35pm-12.50pmRock Band 2
12.50pm-1.05pmClarinet Ensemble
1.05pm-1.25pmRock Band 3
1.25pm-1.40pmSaxophone Ensemble
1.40pm-1.55pmOutreach Jazz Band
1.55pm-2.15pmChCh Concert Band
2.15pm-2.35pmBig Band
2.35pm-2.55pmOutreach Concert Bands

Soundbites: November 2022

Nau mai! Welcome to CSM Soundbites, a bite-size look at some of the wonderful things happening in our CSM community.

Featured group:
Take Off With Music

This first edition features Take Off With Music, the class dedicated to CSM’s smallest, yet surely loudest, young musicians. On a typical Tuesday morning in November, a dozen pre-schoolers gather with their parents, caregivers and a smattering of tiny siblings to sing, stomp and wiggle around one of CSM’s Ferry Road classrooms. The adults grin and giggle as they get into the groove, encouraging their little learners and soothing the occasional minor meltdown.

So, what do they value most about Take Off With Music?
For Ngaire Button, the beauty is in seeing the positive impact of music on her whānau over multiple generations. She took her own children to music lessons and now brings her mokopuna to classes at the CSM. “It’s an intergenerational thing,” says Ngaire. She believes the early introduction to music has been important in the lives of her – now adult – children, one of whom is a professional in the performing arts.

“They all developed a love and understanding of music. Now, as a taua, I’m committed to taking my three mokopuna to classes at the CSM.” Jarrah Robertson’s favourite thing about Take Off With Music is seeing how much his son enjoys the class. “It’s very engaging,” he says. “It’s all about learning while having fun.”

Above: Celia Stewart teaches 4-year-old Bill Urmson about pitch with the help of playful, climbing squirrel.

On Tuesdays, the class is taught by Celia Stewart, the CSM’s tireless music director and a specialist in music for early childhood education. She is passionate about making high-quality musical education accessible for the children of Christchurch and Canterbury. At Take Off With Music, she teaches the children basic music concepts through playful activities.

“Music is so vital for children of all ages and to begin with these foundation classes is so important,” says Celia. “Quality music experiences help children develop their listening skills, concentration, co-ordination, socialisation and creativity.”

Exciting news: a new home for CSM

Tuesday’s Take Off With Music class is held in one of the CSM’s temporary classrooms on the site of the former Music Centre, which was destroyed by the 2011 earthquakes. For over a decade, the School has been scattered in temporary accommodation across different sites. In fact, in its almost 70-year history, CSM has never had a place to call home.

This is all set to change, as the City Council has offered CSM the chance to build in the central Arts Precinct. To create the inspiring, purpose-built centre we must raise $15 million, an enormous undertaking for a non-profit organisation whose focus has always been on keeping music education affordable. Follow our updates to find out more about this incredibly exciting project!

If you would like more information, or wish to support the CSM, please contact Leigh on (03) 366 1711

CSM Soundbites is a newsy little snack produced by volunteers for the CSM. Its purpose is to promote positivity and connectedness within the School’s community.

Want your ensemble or class to feature in a CSM Soundbite? Contact Dominica at dominica.finch@gmail.com

Term 4 starts this Saturday

We’re underway this week – all lessons and ensembles starting this Saturday (15th)

We will also have lessons and ensembles on Saturday 22nd (Labour Weekend)

We are looking forward to a busy term.

CSM at Christchurch Wind Festival

CSM is well represented at the Christchurch Wind Festival with 8 of its groups all performing. Come along to Papanui High School and show your support


12.05   CSM Recorder Ensemble


11.00     CSM Windpower

11.30     CSM Intermediate Recorder Ens

12.00     CSM Windjammers

1.00       CSM Saxophone Ens


1.30       CSM Concert Band

3.30       CSM Friday Youth Band

5.00       CSM CYO Concert Band

Can you keep a secret?

If you happen to be in Merivale Mall at 11.15am or Northlands at 12.30pm this Saturday 3rd September, Sinfonia may just have a surprise for you!!

CYO to present a concert at ISCM

The Christchurch Youth Orchestra is excited to be presenting a concert as part of the International Society for Contemporary Music’s Festival being held in Auckland and Christchurch.

The details for the concert titled Tūtohu are below. Tickets are available through Eventfinda

Sunday, 28 August 2022 at 7:00pm – “Tūtohu” at Charles Luney Auditorium, St Margaret’s College (12 Winchester Street)
Christchurch Youth Orchestra conducted by Helen Renaud
Ryan Molloy (Ireland): Ogham;
Robin Toan (New Zealand): Comic;
Richard Tsang (Hong Kong): Distant Lights;
René Silva Ponce (Chile): Surcos a la tierra;
Claire Cowan (New Zealand): Opito.