In the Community

The CSO has developed a multifaceted programme of community engagement initiatives that have each been designed to enrich and strengthen our community.

In June...

Join us for two Music Trails performances taking place in Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre on Wednesday 8 June with a CSO Wind Ensemble, and another on Wednesday 22 June with a String and Harp Ensemble in Shirley Library. Both of these sessions are free of charge and start at 10.30am. Come along and join the musicians on these fun, interactive 45-minute performances full of music, dancing, singing, and storytelling — the perfect way to introduce the little ones to live music.

The next session of On the Road will be taking place on Tuesday 21 June in Kaiapoi Library from 3.30pm to 4.30pm, and everyone is welcome to come and jam with some musicians from the CSO in a Matariki-themed creative soundscape workshop. Pick up a ukulele, or some drums, or bring your own instrument. No previous musical skill is required and it's all free.

Click here to see the registration details.

Registrations are still open if you'd like to come and observe "Take a Breath": a CSO masterclass for woodwind players on Monday 13 June, 4-6pm. CSO Principal Flute Hannah Darroch and Associate Principal Oboe Ashleigh Mowbray will be giving some handy hints and friendly tips on practising, performing, and all things related to playing woodwind instruments.

Click here to register to observe the masterclass.

Our Programmes

We annually will engage with more than 35,000 people through our Community Engagement activities. Check out our programmes:

Encounter - Tūtakitaki

Through our Encounter - Tūtakitaki programme, the CSO takes its performances into community spaces.
Downloadable resources

Karawhiua! Let's Play! post residency activities

Pita me te Wuruhi ebook

Tūmahana - performance information and synopsis