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,  and concerts for rest homes and retirement village residents at Woolston Club premises.

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


“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.

 Cellists in particular

New players are always welcome to attend a regular Thursday morning rehearsal at The Woolston Club and currently, there are vacancies in the cello section.

If you have reached a minimum Grade 5 level do contact us. We would love to hear from you.
Phone Leane 348 2845 or use the email [email protected]


Click here to see How our players describe the orchestra