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 conductor Pablo Ruiz Henao, 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.


Sunday, 15 August, Christchurch Town Hall

Doors will be open from 8.30 am. Please arrive by 9am.

9.30am – 11am

Massed Tutti Rehearsal, Douglas Lilburn Auditorium - first half

11.30am – 12.30pm

Massed Tutti Rehearsal, Douglas Lilburn Auditorium - second half

6pm Open rehearsal of CSO members. Observers welcome.

7pm – 7.45pm

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

Parts are available for beginner, intermediate, and advanced players. Please click here to download the scores.

Performance Showcase - Full

Open to all community and high school ensembles, the Big Play Out Orchestra Festival is a chance to showcase your group in the Christchurch Town Hall's Douglas Lilburn Auditorium. Perform for each other in a warm and supportive environment. Each ensemble 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 ensembles
  • 3-5pm, Community ensembles

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)
  • 3.30-5pm, 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.

For more information, please contact Selena Orwin