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 must listen more intently to intonation, rhythm and phrasing, working towards improving these aspects of their playing while also developing ensemble skills. Reading ability is enhanced as each player has a separate part and must therefore be self-reliant. Musicianship is developed as players within the ensemble express themselves more freely than is possible within an orchestra.

Chamber music groups are invited to perform in recitals and concerts throughout the year. Chamber music tutorials and rehearsals are held on weekdays, late afternoons, or on Saturday mornings.

CSM encourages ensembles to give themselves a name. Have fun with your group – enjoy the music and try to do social outings outside of rehearsals. All school age members will be able to attend free Chamber Music New Zealand concerts throughout the year.

Secondary and Adult Chamber Music

Students are encouraged to recruit members of their potential ensemble and to spend some time considering which repertoire they want to study. We do our best to honour requests for players, repertoire, and tutors.

To be able to cope with the technical demands of the music, all 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.

For groups composed of secondary school students, members are encouraged to enter the Secondary Schools’ Chamber Music Contest.

Junior Chamber Music

The Junior Chamber Music programme auditions students and matches them into small groups of 2-5 people according to age, level, and availability.

  • PLAY! At Chamber Music Play Days

    Sundays 1.30-4.30

    Venue: Christchurch School of Music, 60 Ferry Road

    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.

    2019 dates

    Woodwind ensembles 10 March with Mark Walton

    String and piano ensembles 7 April with Iselta Allison

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