The orchestra actively contributes to the cultural diversity of the community through a full and varied concert season, as the orchestra of choice for many touring artists and other arts organisations, through the CSO’s extensive Community Engagement programme, and at civic events.
Recognised nationally, and celebrated locally, for the depth of its work, the CSO believes that music can enrich lives in different ways and aims to share these experiences with as many people as possible through providing a wide range of ways in which our audiences can discover, encounter, and enjoy great musical experiences.
The orchestra contributes to the cultural diversity of the community through a full and varied concert season, as the orchestra of choice for many touring artists and other arts organisations, including the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and through its extensive Community Engagement programme, including school residencies, collaborations with other organisations such as Jolt Dance, library and retirement village performances, and at civic events.
In 2016 and 2019, the CSO received a Highly-Commended certificates in the Arts Access Awards for their collaboration with Christchurch dance company Jolt. The CSO won the 2021 Arts Access Aotearoa Community Award for its work in Christchurch Men's Prison through the Platform programme.
The orchestra was also twice a finalist in the New York Festival Radio awards, along with Radio New Zealand, and, in 2020, won the gold award for the live broadcast of the CSO’s 2019 opening Lamb & Hayward Masterworks concert, Phoenix.
Championing New Zealand composers and artists is hugely important to the CSO and it has, for many years, showcased, commissioned and premiered New Zealand works and performed with the best of New Zealand talent.
In 2016 and 2019, the CSO received a Highly-Commended certificate in the Arts Access Awards for their collaboration with Christchurch dance company Jolt Interactive. The orchestra was also a finalist in the New York Festival Radio awards, along with Radio New Zealand, in the Best Music Special category for the live broadcast of the CSO’s first Lamb & Hayward Masterworks concert of 2015, Sea to Sky. In 2020, the CSO and Radio New Zealand won the gold award in the Best Live Sound category for the live to air broadcast of the orchestra's opening Lamb & Hayward Masterworks concert of 2019, Phoenix.
As an orchestra we benefit and rely on the support of our patrons, funders and sponsors. Their investment and encouragement of our art is essential and we are most grateful for that.
Renée Walker Chair
Dame Adrienne Stewart DNZM, QSM, LittD (Hon) - Advisor
Dr Therese Arseneau
Chief Operating Officer
Head of Marketing & Development
Marketing & Communications Co-ordinator
Head of Community Engagement
Clare De Courcy
Artistic Administration Assistant
Community Engagement Assistant