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Christchurch Schools' Music Festival

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Christchurch Schools' Music Festival

The Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival, currently in its 78th year, is an organisation committed to giving primary and intermediate students the opportunity to perform in a high-quality music performance and to foster and promote interest in music-making within schools.  

The festival is organised into three evening performances and involves a massed choir and four Representative groups (Junior Choir, Senior Choir, Orchestra and Concert Band).  

In 2016, 4,500 students in total performed over the course of three nights at Horncastle Arena to a total audience of over 10,000. More than 100 hundred schools from all over Canterbury and from the West Coast participate in the Massed Choir. The Representative Groups total approximately 400 students who are selected by a demanding audition process.   

In the lead up to the Festival vocal workshops are held for school choir teachers as well as a 3-day intensive holiday course where students in the Representative Groups receive training from our highly skilled conductors and tutors. Approximately six weeks prior to the performance dates massed rehearsals start as well as the Representative group rehearsals.

The Christchurch School’s Festival embrace’s New Zealand’s diverse cultural wealth and promotes social equity by providing access to all public primary school students and fosters the acquisition of skills and well-being by students in our program.

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