Composition Competition

The Risingholme Orchestra is pleased to announce the Janet and John Emeleus Composition Prize for “Meaningful Musical Miniatures”. Open to all Cantabrians.
Cash prizes to a total value of $1,000 are available.
Finalist works will be given a performance in a concert by the Risingholme Orchestra.

To obtain a pdf file containing the terms and conditions of the competition, please click on the following link:

Janet and John Emeleus Composition Competition 2018

Please note this latest version has been amended from that posted here earlier.


Our full size symphony orchestra meets to rehearse in Christchurch on Thursday mornings.  We rehearse for two hours and socialize over a cup of tea.  Rehearsals focus on presenting two formal concerts each year, and from time to time we also undertake additional activities such as performances of chamber music, concerts to schools, rest homes and retirement villages and performing at community events.

Rehearsal venue: Woolston Club, 43 Hargood St, Woolston
Rehearsal time: Thursdays 9.45am-12 noon during primary school terms
Musical Director: Philip Norman CNZM
Leader: Amandine Guerin

Upcoming Concerts

Sunday 26 November 2017 – Die Fledermaus Reunion Concert at Avonhead School, 55 Avonhead Road at 2.00 pm.

Click on the following to see How our players describe the orchestra

“Open Home”

Would you like to play with the orchestra? From time to time we open our rehearsal for others to listen or play with us.

Former players and potential players are invited to attend, along with their instruments (and a stand if possible) to share in some of the concert programme and/or listen to a brief concert by the orchestra.  A special morning tea is included. If you would like to experience our orchestra, you are welcome to come to one of our ‘open homes’.  For more details phone Leane 348 2845.