The Big Play Out

Sunday 15 August

Massed Orchestra

Be a part of an ensemble of hundreds in the Big Play Out and perform some of the most beloved orchestral repertoire with the CSO. Open to all orchestral musicians of any level, you're invited to join members of the orchestra, under the baton of CSO Chief Conductor Benjamin Northey, to play and perform Strauss' Radetzky March, Mussorgsky's Great Gates of Kiev from Pictures at an Exhibition, and the first movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5.

Parts are available for beginner, intermediate, and advanced players.


Sunday, 15 August, Christchurch Town Hall

9.30am – 11.30am

Sectional Rehearsals

  • Strings, CSO Centre, Ron Ball Studio
  • Wind, Brass and Percussion, Douglas Lilburn Auditorium

11.45am – 12.30pm

Massed Tutti Rehearsal, Douglas Lilburn Auditorium

7pm – 7.45pm

Massed performance in the Douglas Lilburn Auditorium. Free public admission.

To register for the Big Play Out orchestra, please click here and fill in the form.

Orchestra Festival

Open to all community and high school orchestras, the Big Play Out Orchestra Festival is a chance to showcase your ensemble in the Christchurch Town Hall's Douglas Lilburn Auditorium. Perform for each other in a warm and supportive environment. Each orchestra will be allotted a 20-minute slot, with five minutes either side to get on and off the stage.

Sunday, 15 August, Douglas Lilburn Auditorium, Christchurch Town Hall

  • 1-3pm, High School Orchestras
  • 3-5pm, Community Orchestras

Places are limited so please book to avoid missing out.

To register for the Orchestra Festival, please click here and fill in the registration form.

Piano Play Day

The CSO is delighted to invite all Christchurch pianists to be a part of our Big Play Out Piano Play Day.

Pianists of all ages and levels are invited to present short performances of up to 10 minutes in the Ron Ball Studio, CSO Centre, on the Merle Carter Steinway piano on Sunday 15 August.

Programmes are at the discretion of performers.

Places may be limited or programmes may be shortened due to demand.

The performances are open to the public so please feel free to bring your family and friends along.

  • 1-3pm, ages 14 and under (maximum performance duration of 8 minutes)

To register for the Piano Play Day (14 and under) session, please click here.

  • 3-5pm, ages 15 and over. Adult pianists are very welcome. (maximum performance duration of 10 minutes)

To register for the Piano Play Day (15 and over), please click here.

The purchase of the Merle Carter Piano by the CSO was made possible through the generous support of the Maurice Carter Charitable Trust.

For more information, please contact Selena Orwin

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