NZSO's Setting Up Camp brings an innovative combination of concerts, education and community activities in Greater Wellington, Palmerston North, Tauranga and Hamilton this March 2020.

Setting Up Camp features evening concerts and a mix of daytime performances and community activities.

The daytime activities include school concerts, masterclasses, performances with local ensembles and Relaxed Concerts for audiences who may feel uncomfortable in a traditional concert environment.

The evening concerts include NZSO's Baroque Series - Goldberg Variations and Engage - Realising Beethoven.


NZSO Setting Up Camp provides free outreach and education activities in Greater Wellington, Palmerston North, Hamilton and Tauranga.

NZSO musicians will be providing ensemble coaching, instrumental workshops, professional development sessions for teachers and even the chance to work side-by-side with NZSO musicians on stage. A series of Masterclasses for highly skilled students and amateurs will be available.

For more information, or to request coaching in your school or community, please email


The NZSO is providing free afternoon workshops for woodwind, brass and string players in Hamilton and Tauranga. These workshops are suitable for all ages and skills, including students and teachers, to come together to. The workshops are a great opportunity to discuss various aspects of being a musician, including ensemble skills, performance and rehearsal techniques, and a refresher of some of the basics.

This is a great chance for us to reinforce what teachers are working on, encourage your students of all ages in their learning development and support your community. There will be a chance for questions and answers, a massed item, and a chance to share our collective knowledge.

Tauranga Baycourt Theatre, X-Space
Wednesday, 11 March 2020

  • 3.45 – 4.45pm    Woodwind and brass workshop
  • 5.00 – 6.00pm    String workshop

Hamilton Claudelands Arena (upstairs in the foyer)
Friday, 13 March 2020

  • 3.45 – 4.45pm    Woodwind and brass workshop
  • 5.00 – 6.00pm    String workshop

Please let us know if you’re interested in attending our workshops by filling out our Community Workshop Registration Form


Three principal NZSO players will present a free masterclass at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Waikato University, on Wednesday 11 March from 2.00 – 4.00pm. NZSO Concertmaster Vesa-Matti Leppänen, NZSO Principal Flute Bridget Douglas and NZSO Principal Cellist Andrew Joyce will be delivering an engaging class on their respective instruments.

The classes are open for the public to attend.


The Happy Hour sessions give communities the opportunity to meet and chat with the players of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. These sessions are relaxed and provide a place to learn more about the national orchestra, its music and people.

The Happy Hour sessions will include short musical performances and Q&A sessions. This is a free event and perfect for all music enthusiasts! 

Happy Hour events are on the following: