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
- 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.
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.
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)
- 3-5pm, ages 15 and over. Adult pianists are very welcome. (maximum performance duration of 10 minutes)
The purchase of the Merle Carter Piano by the CSO was made possible through the generous support of the Maurice Carter Charitable Trust.