APO players come to Gladstone

During November and December this year we were lucky enough to have musicians from the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra visit Gladstone and perform and discuss music with us.

Katherine Hebley and Andrew Uren performed on the cello and clarinets (E flat, B flat and bass), and Penny, Sarah and Kathryn presented a baroque performance, even teaching us how to dance!





Lion Foundation Junior Orchestral Summer School

19-23 January 2015
St Cuthbert’s College campus, Epsom

Your road to improving your orchestral playing and getting to know the orchestra: connect with APO musicians by sitting next to them in a tutti orchestra rehearsal schedule leading up to a public concert, with additional sectional and workshop support as part of this five day programme.

Open to young players aged 8-16 years of age, who have attained a minimum of Grade 3 level in their playing.

Applications for the Lion Foundation Orchestral Summer School 2015 open on 1 July 2014, and close on 1 October 2014. The course will take place in the January 2015 school holidays. To apply contact catherineb@apo.co.nz


New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir in Concert

I know this is a late night…..but it will be an amazing concert!

New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir in Concert

Music Director Andrew Withington

Saturday October 5, 8.00pm, St Kentigern College Hall, 130 Pakuranga Road, Pakuranga.


The internationally awarded national choir will present a varied mix of classical, modern, folk, jazz and works from New Zealand and the Pacific. This exciting, vibrant choir of the highest international standards comes to Auckland just once a year – don’t miss this opportunity to hear our country’s finest young singers in concert!


“The homogenous sound of these 60-plus singers, auditioned countrywide each two years, is nothing short of astonishing.” Peter Williams, Hawkes Bay Today, January 2012


“This is choral singing at its best.  One would be hard-pressed to find an adult choir in New Zealand as good as this.” Rosemary Collier, www.middle-c.org, April 2012


Tickets $25 Adults, $15 Seniors and NZCF, $10 Students. Tickets at the door or reservations at www.nzsschoir.com

Sky Dancer: An Epic Symphonic Story

Capital E National Theatre for Children

Sky Dancer

Friday 8 November, 2013, 1.00pm
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall


Capital E National Theatre for Children and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra transform myth into a legendary performance in this new collaborative work created specifically for young people.

In this story, inspired by Witi Ihimaera’s novel Sky Dancer, a young girl named Skylark becomes embroiled in a prophecy which involves her in an extraordinary journey, a dazzling trip into the past to save our future.

See the maestro’s score come to life and let your imagination take flight. This symphonic work shows off the orchestral sound in all its glory, while puppets, projections and performers all contribute to the epic visual staging.

Sky Dancer is ideal for 5 years and up.

Running Time
1 hour (no interval) approximately
If you are interested in this please contact me at
and I will organise a trip!


Auditions for Auckland Girls’ Choir


The Auckland Girls’ Choir is having auditions for new members for 2014 on Saturday 19th October 2013.  Girls aged 9-16 years who are committed to singing and have accurate pitch with a good vocal range are invited to audition. It is an advantage, but not essential, to be learning the piano or another instrument. The choir rehearses after school on Mondays from 3.45pm to 6.00pm in Remuera.   Please contact The Director of Music,  Mrs Leonie Lawson on phone: (09) 520 0841 or go to http://www.akgirlschoir.co.nz/  for more information and audition time.


APO preschooler’s concert


APO preschooler’s concert, APO 4 Kids:  highly interactive, action packed, lots of fun, and a really relaxed atmosphere –


the perfect environment for preschoolers to encounter the magic of an orchestra


For concert and ticketing information, click on the image below to follow the link to the website