Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Music news Dec 8th

Thanks to the Jazz Band, Mr Richardson, Dr Bell, Mrs Jones and all the supporters for making the New Brighton Santa Parade a possibility and such a fun experience!

Congratulations to the Chisnallwood Rock Bands for very fine performances at the Inter-School rock event on Sunday which has 10 young school bands playing! Thanks to Zebedees and CJs Music Works for their fantastic support!


Sunday 12 December, 6:30-9:00pm.
McCombs Performing Arts Centre, Cashmere High School, 172 Rose St, Christchurch
Christchurch's annual all-percussion showcase concert is run by (and features) Pandemonium with both secondary and primary school, community and other professional groups. There will be over 100 performers and with music from around the globe including the Chisnallwood Percussion Ensemble!
Tickets on the door: (performers free)
Adult: $12.00
Senior: $10.00
Student: $5.00
Family (2+2): $30.00

Orders are now being taken for the Chisnallwood 2010 Music CD.
For just $10 you will hear memories of RTK, Pasifika, the orchestra, jazz, rock, ukulele, percussion and other music groups at Chisnallwood this year.
These can be ordered online at chisnallwoodmusic.wikispaces.com or at the school or music offices.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Details for the New Brighton Santa Parade

The Parade sets off from Marine Parade, opposite the New Brighton Club, at 10.30am. It takes about 45 minutes from start to finish.
Road closures are set up at 10am. Our band needs to be assembled on Marine Parade by 10am.
Parents can park in the carpark of the NB working men's Club.

Our students are to wear black uniform with Christmas decorations, hats etc. Bring pegs for music.


9am-2pm Market in the mall
9am Helpers at Chisnallwood to set up the truck
9.30am Jazz Band members arrive at school if you need a ride to New Brighton
9.40am trucks and vans depart Chisnallwood
10am The whole band to be set up on the truck on Marine Parade. You can park next to the New Brighton Working Men's Club, 202 Marine Parade.
10.10am Santa arrives on the beach
10.30am Parade starts.
11.15am parade ends back on Marine Parade
11.30 onwards Willie McArthur hosts a Community Concert in the mall.
11.30-1pm Santa shares fruit form his garden in the New Brighton Project Centre.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Upcoming Music Events

Thursday 25th November 7pm The Chisnallwood Jazz band has a guest performance at Westburn School, 257 Waimairi Road at 7pm

ITINERANT NIGHT 2 - Dec 2nd. 6.30-8.30pm
This concert is for all students learning guitar, bass, drums, vocals and Lynne's keyboard students. It will start with a spectacular combined drum item outside (if fine) and will finish with a short rock band showcase and prizegiving!After the initial drum item, students will split up into simultaneous itinerant concerts in venues such as the music room, media room and library before concluding with the prizegiving and short showcase in the hall.
These concerts are an important opportunity for all the students to perform to a supportive audience.

Saturday 4th December 10.30am. New Brighton Santa Parade. The Jazz Band will perform Christmas Music on a float in the New Brighton Santa Parade.

Sun 5th Dec Rock afternoon 4.30pm combined with other Intermediate and primary schools’ rock bands at Zebedees, 479 Blenheim Rd
We are once again holding a Primary Schools' end of year event to showcase our young rock bands. There will be prizes for outstanding musicians/solos etc.
When: Sunday Dec 5th 4.30pm - 6.30pm
Where: Zebedees, (a non-alchoholic youth night spot) on 479 Blenheim Road, ChCh (next to the Wild West Minigolf)
Who: Rock bands up to year 8 (Primary and Intermediate schools only)
What: Bands can play up to 3 pieces or 10 minutes, covers or originals.
Cost: Gold coin or $5 family. Drinks available for purchase.

Sunday 12th December Repercussion Concert. 6.30pm. Chisnallwood Percussion Ensemble will be taking part in this annual event for percussionists. It will be held at Cashmere High School and features performances given by professional percussionists as well as performances from various Christchurch schools – both primary and secondary. Rehearsal 5pm. Performance 6.30pm.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Itinerant Music Nights

ITINERANT MUSIC NIGHT 1 - Nov 24th 6.30pm. This is the concert for all students learning flute, sax, clarinet, trumpet, french horn, violin, cello, piano and keyboard at Chisnallwood. It will conclude with a short orchestra performance and prizegiving!

ITINERANT NIGHT 2 - Dec 2nd. This concert is for all students learning guitar, bass, drums, vocals and Lynne's keyboard students. It will start with a spectacular combined drum item and finish with a short rock band showcase and prizegiving!

These concerts will start with simultaneous itinerant concerts in venues such as the music room, media room and library run by the itinerant teachers. They will conclude with the prizegiving and short showcase in the hall. These concerts are an important opportunity for all the students to perform to a supportive audience.

Kids For Kids Choir Concert

World Vision Kids For Kids Concert with Suzanne Prentice. November 22nd. 7.30pm at the James Hay Theatre, Town Hall, Kilmore St.

Fifty Chisnallwood students will take part in this combined schools' Christmas choir concert. Important details about the morning rehearsal and evening performance (as well as lyrics) can be found either at http://chisnallwoodmusic.wikispaces.com/Choir or at http://www.worldvision.org.nz/Kids4Kids/

Please note there will be a dress rehearsal on Monday morning 22nd November at the Town Hall! The bus will leave Chisnallwood at 8.40am and be back at school by 1pm. Please bring a snack and drink for morning tea at the rehearsal.At night students are to wear bright clothing and where possible tinsel, santa hats or other Christmas themed accessories. Please bear in mind that it gets hot on stage so clothing needs to be lightweight. No sweatshirts or jackets.Parents please read the "info for parents"Soloist auditions:
  • The Kids for Kids music director will audition two soloists per school for the following songs:12 Days of Christmas (two parts), Silent Night (one part), Edelweiss (one part) and When a Child is Born (one part).
  • Auditions will take place during the morning tea break of the rehearsal.
What time to be there at night:
  • Please ensure that all students are backstage by 6:45pm.
  • We will start getting the students on stage by 7:10pm.
  • The concert will start by 7:30pm.
  • The concert will conclude by 9:15pm.
Ticket prices for the audience areStudent with ID$12.00Adult$18.00Junior 0 -16 Years$12.00These can be booked online

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Upcoming performances

Thursday 18th November 1pm
The Jazz Band and chamber groups will present a programme for senior citizens in the Shirley area at Emmett St Christian Centre, 106 Emmett St (opposite Acheson Ave). Parents and any seniors are welcome. Afternoon tea provided.

Friday 19th November
NZEI Teachers’ graduation function. The Jazz Band will be providing background music for the social function which takes place after the graduation ceremony. 6pm -6.40pm in the Green Room (Aurora Centre) at Burnside High School. (Band to arrive at 5.15pm)

Sat 20th November afternoon 2pm
Chamber group performance for the Drury Theatre Organ Charitable Trust, "Knightsbank" 164 Whincops Rd, Halswell Entry $15 donation adult, children free and a raffle will be run. BYO folding chair, cups and finger food. Hot water, tea and coffee will be provided. The concert features their resident organist Richard Hore QSM, the Chisnallwood Chamber group and the Richmond Bell Ringers. The proceeds from this show will be divided between CanTeen and the City Mission.

Check out http://chisnallwoodmusic.wikispaces.com/ for more event details coming up as well as photo from the Marimba Festival and Big Band festival!
ChCh School's Music festival DVDs can be ordered online here or at http://musicfestival.school.nz/

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Term 4 music dates

Monday 18th October
11am. Preschool visit to Chisnallwood Orchestra

Wednesday 20th October 9am-4pm
Recording day for Jazz, Rock Bands and Orchestra rhythm section.

Thursday 21st October
Primary Schools Music Festival.
Morning rehearsal for the evening performance. Bus will leave school at 9.00am, returning at 12.30 approx.
The Chisnallwood Choir will be performing in the Christchurch Town Hall at 7.30pm

Saturday 23rd October
Big Band Festival
The Jazz Band will be performing early Saturday afternoon, plus there is a special youth session with experienced local and international Jazz musicians from 10 – 12am.

Saturday 30th October
Marimba Festival
The marimba group will be taking part in a concert at St Andrew’s College Gymnasium at 1pm.

8th, 9th, 10th November
Music Group Performances for Year 6 students.
These will take place at Chisnallwood at 9.40am each morning.

Thursday 18th November 1.30pm
The Jazz Band and chamber groups will present a programme to some senior citizens in the Shirley area at Emmett St Church.

Friday 19th November
NZEI Teachers’ graduation function.
The Jazz Band will be providing background music for the social function which takes place after the graduation ceremony.
6pm -6.40pm in the Green Room (Aurora Centre) at Burnside High School

Monday 22nd November
Kids for Kids Concert with Suzanne Prentice
Morning rehearsal at the James Hay Theatre 9am – 12.00
The Chisnallwood Choir will then perform in the evening concert which begins at 7.30pm.

Wednesday 24th November 6.30pm.
Itinerant Concert 1.
The first of our annual itinerant nights. All students learning an instrument at school are strongly encouraged to perform to a supportive audience of family and friends.

Thursday 25th November 11am.
Contributing Schools Concert
Chisnallwood Music Groups will perform in the school hall to an audience of Year 6 students from some of our contributing schools.

Thursday 2nd December 6.30pm
Itinerant Concert 2.
As for Concert 1 but with an emphasis on the rock instruments.

Saturday 4th December
New Brighton Santa Parade
The Jazz Band will perform Christmas Music on a float in the Santa Parade. Parade starts at 10.30am.

Sunday 12th December
Repercussion Concert
Chisnallwood Percussion Ensemble will be taking part in this annual event for percussionists. It will be held at Cashmere High School and features performances given by professional percussionists as well as performances from various Christchurch schools – both primary and secondary.

13th – 16th December
Prizegiving week.
Monday – practice assemblies
Tuesday – certificate assemblies
Wednesday – Cups and Trophies

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Big Band Festival

BIG BAND FESTIVAL - Labour weekend
This year there is a Youth Programme which is a fantastic opportunity for young musicians (especially wind, brass and rhythm section) to learn from and play with top musicians from NZ, Australia and USA!
It is free of charge but you must register online (or see Mrs Bell for a registration form).
The Youth workshop runs from 10am-12 on Sat 22nd Oct (at CPIT) with a performance early afternoon at Boaters in the Town Hall. The Chisnallwood Jazz Band will also be performing at this!
There are lots of performances and other masterclasses to attend and cheap entry (for those who took part in the Youth Programme) to the amazing not-to-be-missed Sunday night concert !
Special guest players include Bill Cunliffe (USA), Bob Sheppard (USA), Rodger Fox.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Free NZSO Concert next week

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra are kindly giving next week's concert for free in ChCh to offer people some relief from earthquake stress. It is called Soundscapes and features Scottish percussionist Colin Currie.
It is on Thursday 15th Sept at 6.30pm
Click here to read about the programme and book

Workshops at school next week

Drum Maintenance Workshop Wed 15th Sept

4 - 6pm Run by Dave Smith

Cost $10 Limited to 20 spaces so be in quick!

This is a hands on workshop where everyone will get to re-skin and tune a drum and learn about drumkit setup and positioning. Students may bring their own snare to re-skin.

Download a registration form from the wiki homepage or collect one from the music office.

Vocal Masterclass Thursday 16th Sept 1.45- 2.45

Run by Ravil Atlas. This is free for Jess's vocal students and gold coin entry for other students.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Music News Update

Chamber performance tomorrow is now cancelled due to continuing aftershocks, but Richard Hore is hoping the group can perform with him at a later occasion.

Jazz Band - you can now register for the tour online! (since you can't bring the permission forms back to school). Go to chisnallwoodmusic.wikispaces.com/Jazz+Band and click on the link on the jazz band page (recommend that you right click and open in a new tab or window). It will help us if you can fill this in soon. You can also download the schedule.
There is also a link to some photos on that page of Rodger Fox's visit last week!

A new page on the wiki is visiting performances where you can check out some photos and video of visiting performances at Chisnallwood.

The Royal Schools Theory entry date has kindly been extended by a week for Christchurch entrants. If you would like to enter, please let us know next week or fill in the form on the music theory wiki page

School is scheduled to resume on Monday 13th Sept at this stage but I will keep you posted if there are any changes. Good news is that the Performing Arts block and contents were completely unharmed in the earthquake!
I will also keep you posted about the Kids In Town Performance currently scheduled for Thursday next week (Jazz and Chamber)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Concert and School cancelled.

The under 5s concert scheduled for 5th Sept has been cancelled due to earthquake damage in the ChCh Music Centre.
Also the school will be closed Monday and Tuesday.
We will present the Under 5s programme at another time.
I hope you are all OK.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Coming up this week

Firstly congratulations to the all the music groups on Monday night who raised well over $700 for the Police Dog Fund. It was a lovely evening and well done to Jordan McDonnell for running this! You can view some photos here and the Press article here.
Secondly, congratulations to the jazz and chamber groups for wonderful performances for the Afternoon Delights series on Thursday. Thank you to our special guests Nola Mills, Ella Dunbar-Wilcox and Greg Knowles.

Coming up:
RODGER FOX is in town! There will be two opportunities to work with him.
1. Sept 1st "Jazz For Juniors". 4pm -5.30pm at Cashmere High School Performing Arts Centre. Cost $10. Open to ALL young musicians! eg, anyone taking itinerant lessons or in the orchestra... Book here
2. Sept 2nd 10.30am - 12. Rodger will work with our school jazz band at Chisnallwood!
UKULELE: Sept 1st 1-2pm. The ukulele band will give a short performance in the town hall as part of the cultural festival.
RUIA TE KAKANO and PASIFIKA will be performing at the Cultural Festival on Tuesday night 31st August. 6.45pm
UNDER 5s Concert: Monday Sept 6th 10am-10.45 at the ChCh Music Centre Children $5, carers free. Details at "Tiny Tapping Toes"

Sunday, August 22, 2010


This special concert has been organized by Jordan and Danielle McDonnell and will be combined with Windsor Primary.
Day: Monday Aug 23rd
Time 6.45pm-8.45 (Performers please be at school by 6.30)
Where: Chisnallwood Intermediate School Hall
Cost: Gold coin entry minimum - all funds go to the Police Dog Trust
There will be performances by students from Windsor and Chisnallwood featuring a combined orchestra, combined choir and other groups including rock bands, ukulele and jazz. We also look forward to a visit from Constable Wheatley and his police pup.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

JAZZ QUEST Congratulations!

Congratulations to the Chisnallwood Big Band and Combo who both received silver awards at JazzQuest last weekend!

This link will take you to some more photos.

Friday, July 23, 2010


  • Sunday July 25 Jazz Quest
  • Wed July 28 Nola Mills with the Jazz Combo in assembly
  • Mon August 2nd Burnside High Choral Roadshow at Chisnallwood 11am - 11.30
  • Thursday August 19th Massed Festival Choir rehearsal 12.30 - 2.45 @ Christ's College
  • Friday August 20th 12noon and 1.45pm - drumming concert with workshop at lunchtime for drummers. (Dylan Elise)
  • Friday August 20th 7pm Celebration of Taonga Puoro at Chisnallwood presented by Richard Nunns and Brian Flintoff
  • Sat/Sun Aug 21/22 Taonga Puoro workshops at Chisnallwood
  • Mon August 23rd 9.30am Jazz Band @ Opening of South Island Sports Tournament (Netball Centre, Hagley Park)
  • Monday August 23rd 11am combined orchestra rehearsal with Windsor Primary
  • Monday August 23rd 7pm Combined Fundraiser Concert with Windsor Primary @ Chisnallwood
  • Thursday August 26th 1.45 - 2.30 Over 65's Concert "Afternoon Delights" at the Christchurch Music Centre (Jazz and Chamber) $5 audience
  • Tuesday August 31st 6.45pm Cultural Festival (Pasifika and Ruia Te Kakano)
  • Wed Sept 1st 1pm - 2pm Ukulele Group @ Town Hall - Cultural Festival
  • Wed Sept 1st 4pm - 5.30pm "Jazz for Juniors" with Roger Fox @ Cashmere High. Cost $10 student
  • Thursday Sept 2nd 11am. Roger Fox to visit Chisnallwood and work with our jazz band.
  • Mon Sept 5th 10am - 10.45 Under 5s Concert "Tiny Tapping Toes" at the Christchurch Music Centre. $4 audience child, carers free
  • Thursday Sept 16th Kids In Town, ChCh Art Gallery - Jazz, Chamber
  • Mon - Thur or Friday Sept 20th- 23rd or 24th - Jazz Band Tour Tour to Dunedin to run workshops and performances
Details of events will updated at http://chisnallwoodmusic.wikispaces.com

Monday, July 19, 2010


Here are the details for the Chisnallwood Jazz Bands for Sunday July 25th.

Chisnallwood Combo 1.30pm
Chisnallwood combined Big Band 2.30pm
The combo should be at CPIT jazz school by 1pm - go straight to the warmup room JZ225.
The Big Band should arrive by 1.30 to hear the combo (top floor), then proceed to the warmup room JZ225 at 2pm where they prepare for their performance at 2.30pm.
The session runs from 1.30 - 4.30 and it is the expectation that students remain for the entire session where possible.
Here is a link to a map for CPIT Jazz School, corner of Madras and High Streets.
Please check http://chisnallwoodmusic.wikispaces/Jazz+Band as any change of details will be put there! There is also a full schedule of bands there which can be downloaded!
There will be about 24 bands playing over the weekend from secondary schools in ChCh, Waimea and Auckland. The whole event runs on Sat and Sunday 24th and 25th from 9.30am - 4.30pm.
The aududicator is Claude Askew, former drummer with the US AirForceBand and Airmen of Note.
Entry to the public is gold coin donation.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Performances in July

Sunday July 18th, 2pm at Opawa Baptist Church 285 Wilsons Rd - cnr Hastings St East and Wilsons Rd
The Jazz Band and Chamber Ensemble have been invited to perform a 20 minute bracket at the Organ Society Concert on at 2pm. The concert runs from 2 - 4pm with an interval and Chisnallwood is on in the first half. Entry $5 (free for performers)


This event runs the weekend of July 24th and 25th at CPIT Jazz School
Both the Chisnallwood Big Band and Combo will be performing 20 minute brackets on Sunday afternoon. Gold coin entry for public.
Check http://chisnallwoodmusic.wikispaces.com/Jazz+Band as more details will be posted as they become available.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Upcoming Music Events for the end of Term 2!

Kids in Town” next week - Thursday June 24th , 12.30 – 1pm.

Chisnallwood Pasifika and Ukulele band are performing in the Christchurch Art Gallery Foyer.

Do come and support them!

Permission forms are temporarily available from http://chisnallwoodmusic.wikispaces.com/Ukulele+Band

Monday June 28th 7 – 8pm. Christchurch Symphony Orchestra rehearsal.

Chisnallwood orchestra members are invited to observe! This is a great opportunity to see the professionals at work! Permission forms are available temporarily from http://chisnallwoodmusic.wikispaces.com/Orchestra

Tuesday 29th 7pm Family Music Groups Concert in the school hall. This is an opportunity for parents and family to hear their students perform with the orchestra, jazz, percussion, choir and other groups before Open Night on the 30th.

Wednesday 30th June 6 - 8pm. Open Night. Orchestra, jazz, choir, ukulele, percussion, chamber and rock to perform. Groups will be performing either in the hall or the music room.

Thursday 1st July 1.45 - 2.45. Vocal masterclass with Ravil Atlas. Free for all vocal students, Gold coin for others.

July Holidays: Jazzband workshop and soundtech course.

RockQuest Congratulations

Congratulations to "Chain Reaction" for their fabulous performance last Friday at the Rockquest Regional Finals at the Isaac Theatre Royal! They were a real credit to themselves and the school! Also congratulations to Kayley Linden for winning the female air-guitar competition! Congratulations to the yr12/13 band "Runaway Joe" with 3 ex-Chisnallwood students who were placed 2nd the following night. Many thanks to the students and parents who came and supported Chain Reaction and the other bands at Rockquest.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

RockQuest Regional Finals

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Isaac Theatre Royal, Gloucester St, ChCh
Fri-Sat 11th-12th June 2010, 7pm
$15 from Ticketek or $20 on the door

Please come and support Chain Reaction from Chisnallwood - the youngest band on Friday!

Here is the line up of bands for the Regional finals of Rockquest 2010

The 14 bands competing on Friday 11 June:
GiiigglePOP!!! Middleton Grange
Custard Bear Christchurch Boys' High School
Drown The City Shirley Boys' High School
K2 Shirley Boys' High School
Villain Shirley Boys' High School
Mahalia Simpson Marian College
The Guest Aranui High School
Dawning Papanui High School
Forget Gravity Papanui High School
Hillview in Black Linwood College
Chain Reaction Chisnallwood Intermediate
Le Mouvement Queen Charlotte College
LiveWire Darfield High School
D`Preeshiated Aranui High School

Check out http://chisnallwoodmusic.wikispaces.com/RockBands for more details

Ukulele news

All the media links (YouTube, newspapers, Chartfest and TV) are now on the Chisnallwood Ukulele Band page http://chisnallwoodmusic.wikispaces.com/Ukulele+Band.
This will continue to be updated.
Upcoming performance:
Thursday June 24th at 12.30pm in the ChCh Art Gallery - Chisnallwood Ukulele Band and Pasifika as part of Kids In Town. Wharenui School performs at 12noon.


You can now subscribe to Chisnallwood music news by popping your email address in the "Subscribe" button on the right. Any new posts will then be emailed straight to you! Anyone is welcome to subscribe, but this should be especially helpful for Chisnallwood music students and parents.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Ukulele band in the Press

Click below to see the ukulele band article in Tuesday's paper (May 25th).
It is a lead up to the big event, CHARTFEST happening this Friday.

Why Do Ukuleles Do this to them? (stuff.co.nz)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

RockQuest Congratulations

Congratulations to all the rockbands for fabulous performances at rockquest!! They all were awesome!

And well done to "Chain Reaction" for getting through to the REGIONAL FINALS for rockquest! Just 28 bands were chosen for this out of 80 bands mostly from high schools!

"Chain Reaction" will be playing at the Theatre Royal on Friday, June 11th.
Tickets $15.
7pm start.
Please come and support them at this event!
Chain Reaction needs to be there early at 5.45pm.


Rockbands Perform May 22

The school bands will next be playing on Sat 22nd in Latimer Square from 11.20 - 11.50am as part of Hepatitis C Awareness Day.
Check out the following links. http://hcv.org.nz/wordpress/ and http://www.eventfinder.co.nz/2010/may/christchurch/hepatitis-awareness-day-free-concert
Bands arrive 11am.
Performing 11.20 - 11.50am.
Equipment to bring: snare, cymbals, 2 guitar amps, 2 guitars, bass guitar, leads, horn mics

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This is a NZ music industry event which our school Ukulele Band is performing in. It may also be of interest to our rock musicians as well as our sound and lighting techs. We are leaving school at 12noon and ask the students get picked up from the town hall either at 4.30pm or 5.15pm depending on whether they are attending the song writing workshop.

Please download and return the following permission form if you haven't already. "Chartfest2010.pdf"

CHARTFEST 2010.pdf

Visit the Chartfest schools' website here.