Janet and John Emeleus Composition Competition winner announced

Three finalists were selected from 8 entries in the  Janet and John Emeleus Composition Prize for “Meaningful Musical Miniatures”.

The three finalists were:  Valerie Xiang, Richard Oswin and Callum McKie.

    Valerie Xiang

         Richard Oswin

     Callum McKie

Their compositions were performed by the orchestra at its July 2018 concert at the Piano.  The winning composition was Matariki composed by Valerie Xiang.

She is seen below being congratulated by John and Janet Emeleus who also presented her with the winning certificate and a prize of $500.  Second prize of $300 went to Richard Oswin for Tango; and Callum McKie received $200 and third place for Evening Hue.

Valerie Xiang receiving her prize winning certificate.





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

Our next Concerts

Our next planned concerts are

  1. Public concert at The Piano – Sunday 1 July
  2. Concert at Knox Church Sunday 4 November

For more information about these concerts please turn to the Concerts tab above.

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.