The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is committed to providing innovative pathways for the wider community to engage with and learn about the orchestra.

Through a range of programmes including Music for Schools, Young Originals, NZSO National Youth Orchestra and Community Programmes, the NZSO is committed to providing opportunities for people from all over New Zealand to learn about and engage with their national symphony orchestra.

In these pages you will find out more information about the projects we run and how you can get involved!

Have you ever wanted to have a behind the scenes look at an Orchestra at work?

The NZSO is delighted to announce that in 2016 we have three special opportunities for schools and teachers to connect with the NZSO during an open rehearsal.  This is your chance to see the Orchestra at work preparing for an upcoming performance.  Dates below relate to Wellington rehearsal periods, other centres may be available by arrangement.  To book for one of the rehearsals below or for more information please contact

May 6 – 9:45 until Orchestra break
Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington
Conductor: Bramwell Tovey
Soloist: Stephen de Pledge
Tovey: Time Tracks (Suite from the opera The Inventor)
Lindberg: Piano Concerto No. 2 and
Blake: Symphony – Voices

June 17 – 9:45 until Orchestra break
Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington
Conductor: Miguel Harth-Bedoya
Soloist: Johannes Moser
Kodály – Dances of Galanta
Lalo: Cello Concerto
Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade

31 August – 10:00-11:00am
Te Rauparaha – Porirua
Conductor: Hamish McKeich
The Rodger Fox Big Band with the NZSO
Repertoire: t.b.c.

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