Te Marama Puoro o Aotearoa – NZ Music Month 2022 in Ōtautahi Christchurch

The theme for NZ Music Month 2022 is ‘Level Up’. 

NZ Music Month at libraries

CSO Music Trails at Linwood Library Wednesday 4 May 10.30am to 11.15am

Join the musicians of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra as they travel around Christchurch's libraries in this series of fun, 45-minute performances filled with song, dance and storytelling. Catered especially for 2-6 year olds. This performance features a string ensemble. Free, no bookings required.

Apollo Musicum at New Brighton Library Tuesday 10 May 3.30pm to 4.30pm

Join us for an afternoon of music by a duo from Apollo Musicum. Apollo Musicum is a charity supporting musical ensembles such as AMCO (Apollo Musicum Chamber Orchestra), ASQ (Apollo String Quartet/Quintet), AMQ (Apollo Musicum Quire), Lyndsay String Quartet, and conducting Apollo Master Classes, etc. It provides opportunities for advancing young musicians to play alongside professionals and teachers.

CSO Music Trails at New Brighton Library Wednesday 11 May 10.30am to 11.15am

Join the musicians of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra as they travel around Christchurch's libraries in this series of fun, 45-minute performances filled with song, dance and storytelling. Catered especially for 2-6 year olds. This performance features a string ensemble. Free, no bookings required.
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CSO Music Trails

Reading the Waves: Preschool music with Loopy Tunes - Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre Friday 13 May 10.30 to 11am - FULLY BOOKED

Celebrate the annual surfing competition, the Single Fin Mingle with a special sea and surf themed music session presented by musical duo Loopy Tunes. Bookings essential, spaces are limited. Caregivers will be required to wear a mask while in the library.

Wā Pēpi - Babytimes and Wā Kōrero - Storytimes

Meet others in the community and join our relaxed, fun group for interactive songs, rhymes, and books that will delight and develop your baby or toddler.

Music on the Stairs at Tūranga: Barbershop Quartet 4Tabs Saturday 28 May 2.30 to 3pm

Music on the Stairs at Tūranga: Christchurch School of Music, String Chamber group Sunday 29 May 2.30 to 3pm


NZ Music Month at the library at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre

Make some noise Tuesdays 3.30pm to 4.30pm 3 May, 10 May, 17 May, 24 May

Visit our Auahatanga - Creative Space and make some noise with our digital musical instruments. No prior experience required, we'll get you started! You can try out the following:

  • Specdrum colour sensing rings - play along to music by tapping colours
  • iPads with Garageband
  • Roland Electronic Drum Kit
  • Digital Piano
  • Roland SP-404A
  • Blipblox Synth
  • iMacs with Garageband

Free session, no bookings required. Most suitable for kids ages 6+

Beats Lab Fridays 3pm to 4.30pm

Drop in and have a go with our music gear or work on your own project! Have a go at finger drumming or performing your tracks on the SP-404, and flip some samples on Logic Pro X or Koala Sampler. Try scratching with our vinyl turntable and scratch records or DJ controller, have a bash on our electronic and hip-hop music gear, or jam on our more traditional digital piano or electronic drum kit. Beginner friendly.

Performances at Te Hāpua: Halswell

  • Shiki Japanese Music Group Saturday 7 May 2pm to 2.45pm
  • Singing Diva Katrina Robinson Saturday 14 May 1pm to 2pm
  • DJ D'Latino Sunday 15 May 2pm to 3.45pm
  • Pianist Mark Alexander Saturday 21 May 11am to 12noon
  • Cultural Musical Performances Saturday 21 May 2pm to 3pm             
    • Sitar & Tabla performance by Louis Singh and Liam Oliver
    • Simurgh Music School: a music school that teaches traditional instruments from Persia and surrounding regions
    • Barbad Ensemble: a traditional/modern Persian music group
    • Canterbury Zurkhaneh: an ancient form of martial arts, who train to the sound of the morshed who sets the pace with a zarb (large drum).
  • Trilogy Sunday 29 May 2pm to 3.15pm

Find out more about what's on at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre


What's on in Ōtautahi Christchurch

Check out the events listing on the NZ Music Month website


And if you like to wear your NZ music love on your person ...

NZ Music T-Shirt Day - Friday 27 May

Find out more.

There are two Youth Week T-Shirt Creation classes - maybe you could make a tribute to your fave NZ singer / band. Or make a badge at the Youth Week badge making workshop. 

Tūranga - Youth Week - T-shirt creation Saturday 7 May and Saturday 14 May 3pm to 4.30pm. Free, book online.
Tūranga - Youth Week - Badge making Monday 9 May 3.30 to 5pm, Free, book online


Awesome Ōtautahi: Christchurch Music and Walks

We have a lot of wonderful (and often hidden), talented artists in Ōtautahi/Christchurch. Recently Claire has been making a point of listening to them while doing favourite walks in and around the city. Check out some of her favourite pairings.


Making Music

Open Studio at Tūranga

Tūranga has an audio and video studio! This is a chance for anyone to come in and discover more about audio and video production. No experience is necessary, just enthusiasm. These sessions are geared towards interested adults of all ages.

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