Tuesday, November 22, 2011

November News


Come along to the Jack Mann Auditorium, College of Education, University of Canterbury, Solway Ave, Avonhead, Christchurch

7pm to support Rock Bands from Intermediate and Primary Schools , including four bands from Chisnallwood! Each band gate a maximum of 5'30sec to play :)

Cost: $10

Tickets available from 6.30pm at the door.

More events on Thursday 24th Nov:

4.30pm - 5pm Our Chisnallwood Combo will be playing in the Addington Raceway carpark for Funrazor, a Child Cancer fundraiser event. Come and support them and and the head shaving fundraiser at 5pm!

6pm in the CBS Arena is a free concert for composer John Ritchie's 90th birthday. The combo will be playing from 5.50-6pm in the CBS Arena foyer for this special event!

Congratulations to the Chisnallwood Ukes for getting third place in "UkeQuest" a competition for ukulele performers open to all intermediate and high schools in NZ. This is a fantastic accomplishment. Well done!

The Chisnallwood Ukes head up to Auckland on Saturday to play with 117 other schools (2,500 uke players) at the Kiwilele festival!

Details on www.chisnallwoodmusic.org.nz

Congratulations to all who played at the Itinerant evenings this month - they were fantastic nights!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Big Band Monday

Big Band Monday
Wind, brass and rhythm section jazz players make sure you check out BIG BAND MONDAY!!
You can register to play in a fantastic big band workshop or specialized instrumental clinic.
The Chisnallwood band (and other jazz bands) will be performing in the afternoon and the combo before the gala concert!
Rodger Fox' Wellington Jazz Orchestra with Jeff Driskill will be performing at night and tutoring all day!
A fantastic opportunity! Check out the webpage for details. you can register online and also order tickets for Rodger Fox's GALA concert with Jeff Driskill and the incredible WJO!
Big Band Monday is on Oct 24th (Labour Day) and will be held in the Middleton Grange performing Arts Centre.

Then, for those who are really keen, registrations are now open for the NZSM 5 day jazz workshop in Wellington in January by the same fantastic NZSM people! To check this out, visit http://www.nzjazzfoundation.com/

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Afternoon Delights Concert 29 Sept 2011

Thursday Sept 29th 1:45pm "Afternoon Delights" concert by Chisnallwood jazz bands
This is part of a series of concerts designed for an older audience. They serve afternoon tea after the concert and the cost is $5.00 pp with carers being admitted free of charge.
The Chisnallwood jazz bands will be performing some great numbers sure to go down a treat. There will also be special guests, Taylor Roche and the ukuleles.
The concert will be held at the Salvation Army Citadel at 250 Colombo St, Sydenham.
If you wish to book a ticket for this please contact Trish Rainey Ph 3557170 or email concerts@musiccentre.org.nz

Monday, September 5, 2011

JazzQuest success

Congratulations to the Chisnallwood Jazz bands who performed last weekend at the 2011 CPIT Jazz School's JazzQuest:

Matthew Howes was awarded best guitarist.
Ella Dunbar-Wilcox was awarded most promising composition for her song "Just Won't Do".
The Chisnallwood Big Band was awarded silver.
The Chisnallwood Combo was awarded gold and Best Combo!!!

Theses are incredible results considering all the other bands were from high schools. Well done to the students and thanks to all the people who came to support them.
Photos can be viewed here (or go to the jazz page on the music wiki)

This comes on the heels of the bands' success at the NZSM Jazz festival in Wellington where they won four awards competing with high school bands from around NZ:
Best bass - Hamish Smith,
Best guitarist - Matt Howes,
Adjudicators' commendation - Ella Dunbar-Wilcox,
Adjudicators' choice - Chisnallwood Intermediate

Please check www.chisnallwoodmusic.org.nz for upcoming performances!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Update of music events

  • Saturday, Sept 3rd JazzQuest at CPIT Combo at 10.30am, Big Band at 11.30am. Venue CPIT Jazz School cnr Madras and High St. Park cars in CPIT student car parks. Students will need to arrive 45 min before their playing time and are expected to stay until 12.30pm. Details, map and schedule can be found here
  • Thursday, Sept 15th 12.45pm - 2.45pm Festival Choir area rehearsal at Queenspark School
  • Thursday, Sept 29th 1.45- 2.30pm Over 65s concert NEW
  • Oct 1, 2, 3 recording days for the school CD
  • Oct 6 performance CANCELED
  • Oct 24 Big Band festival

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Term 3 music dates

Term 3 music dates to put in your diary
  • August 7 was Rockquest. Check out the rock page on the wiki for photos!
  • August 17- 22 Jazz band tour to NZSM jazz festival. See wiki for details.
  • Sept 3/4 JazzQuest at CPIT Jazz School for Jazz Big band and combo.
  • Sept 15th 12.45pm - 2.45pm Festival Choir area rehearsal at Queenspark School
  • Oct 1, 2, 3 recording days for the school CD (music groups)
  • Oct 6 10am-10.45am Orchestra and jazz performance for under 5s as part of the "Tiny Tapping Toes" series run by the ChCh Music Centre $4 for childen. Held at the Salvation Army at 250 Colombo St.
  • Talent quest in the last week of term.
Orchestra and jazz band please fill in your permission for this on the orchestra page of the wiki or get a form from the music office.

Some of you may have noticed a Chisnallwood music feature in last week's Wednesday edition of the Star!

We can now access the Chisnallwood music website at www.chisnallwoodmusic.org.nz

Saturday, August 6, 2011


Four bands from Chisnallwood will be performing at Hornby High on Sunday 7th August as part of ROCKQUEST 2011. They are Rock Harmony, Hypo, Cold Evolution and Shrapnell. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door.
RockQuest will run from 1.30pm until about 5pm with 8 finalists performing again at night. There will be text-voting in the afternoon for your favourite band. Our bands will be on between about 1.40pm and 3.40pm. Our bands should report there at 1pm.
Rock Harmony: Jess Aspinwall, Hannah Fry, Amy Flood, Leiana Rakatau
Hypo: Lorne Joblin, Thomas Bell, Jesse Behan, Joshua Kay-Schulz
Cold Evolution: Matt Howes, Hamish Smith, Jackson Roche, Kendal Johnson, Teresa Shields
Shrapnell: Ashton Moore, Luke Brennan, Finn McArthur, Gianni Ruffino

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Upcoming Music dates

Monday 25th July
1.30pm - 4.30 pm Jazz Combo practice

Wednesday 27th July
10am -12noon Hypo! practice

Thursday 28th July
9.15 - 4pm Jazz Day

Friday 29th July
12-2pm Confirmed ukulele gig at Hagley Park Celebration Theatre. (playing between 12.30 and 1.30pm).

Thursday 4th August 7pm @ Chisnallwood
Family rock night for our 4 bands who will be playing at RockQuest

Sunday 7th August
Rockquest at Hornby High School

Wed 17th - Monday 22nd August
Jazz Band tour to Wellington NZSM Jazz Festival

Sat 3rd and Sun 4th September
JazzQuest at CPIT Jazz School (Jazz bands)

July music update

UKULELE GIG July 29th - please click here to sign up if you are in the Ukulele band!

July Holiday rehearsal Schedule

Monday 18th
10am -12 Rock Harmony
12.30 - 2.30pm Shrapnel
3 - 5pm Cold Evolution

Monday 25th
1.30pm - 4.30 pm Jazz Combo

Wednesday 27th
10am -12noon Hypo

Thursday 28th
9.15 - 4pm Jazz Day

Friday 29th
12-2pm Confirmed ukulele gig at Hagley Park Celebration Theatre. (playing between 12.30 and 1.30pm).

Jazz Band tour information can be found here

Links to photos from the following recent music events can be found on the wiki pages:
  • July 4th 11am @Chisnallwood - Linwood orchestra combined workshop performance
  • Ukulele performance Sat July 9th @Chisnallwood - Schools' Uke Fest
  • July 11th 1.45pm Combined jazz Band performance with Burnside High's Jazz Band @Chisnallwood
  • Family Music Night July 11th 7pm (all music groups in full)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Term 2 music news

Hook, Line and Sing-along 2011
12noon Tuesday 31st May nationwide
School Hall
The school will be be singing "Thing to remember" all together (and at the same time as many others in NZ) accompanied by our school band. Following that there will be a 'house' competition. Which house will know the song the best? You can listen to the song or download the music on the ChisnallwoodMusic wiki home page. (It will just be there for the next week or so).

Rock Band gig
Rock Bands are to perform at Windsor School soon!

Open Night
Wed June 28th 6-8pm
All music groups to showcase.

Ukulele Day
Sat July 9th
Concert 2 - 3.30 (rehearsal at 1.30pm)

Family music concert
Monday July 11th
7-9pm School Hall
All music groups will end the term by performing for family and friends.

Other music group updates can be found on the music wiki.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

April 26 news update

Chartfest 2011 - Put Saturday May 14th in your diary!
This free afternoon event has clinics on songwriting and drumming, guitar hero, DJ mixing room, expos with giveaways and a band competition.
Checkout details at http://chartfest.co.nz/

Hip Hop dance lessons are starting in term 2!
Due to popular demand, we are offering lessons at school on Friday after school with expert instructor Leearna Abernethy from Xpression Dance Studio. Sign up is currently on the home page of chisnallwoodmusic.wikispaces.com

School Holiday courses: Details are on the wiki
  • Sound tech course today went well! Well done to the tech trainees. There is now a new Sound Tech page on the wiki.
  • Tomorrow - rock bands
  • Thursday - jazz band

Monday, March 28, 2011

Festival Auditions Open for ChCh Schools' Music Festival

Applications for individual pupils to participate in one of the Special Groups - Senior Choir, Orchestra, Concert Band or Recorder Ensemble - are now OPEN.
Click here to apply for an audition.
Applications close soon on 14th April. (last week of term)

Music lessons resumed

Itinerant music lessons
All music lessons will have resumed by the end of this week. Lesson times for those yet to return to Chisnallwood are still in the timetable.

Groups summary
Groups continuing from the start of term:
Orchestra (Monday)
String Ensemble(Monday)
Ukulele (Wednesday)
Jazz Band (Friday)
New groups:
Percussion (Monday)
Choir (Thursday)
Glee (Thursday)
Rock Bands (TBC)

New Itinerants
Vocal lessons are now being shared between Jess D'Ath and Amanda Winfield.
Many thanks to Amanda for picking up the extra teaching to make sure that no one misses out on lessons. Amanda is a highly experienced professional vocalist.
Dave Smith, the drum tutor has left teaching after the earthquake. He was at Chisnallwood for 12 years and we are grateful for all he contributed over that time. We wish him well in his new building career.
We welcome Henare Kaa who will take over drum tuition. He is highly experienced, having a degree in drumming. He is a talented drummer, teacher and vocalist.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Earthquake Update for Chisnallwood Music

Dear Chisnallwood music families (those with internet and power)

Firstly, I truly hope you are safe. This has been a very hard two weeks and I have often wondered how our Chisnallwood families are doing; coping with loss of loved ones, homes, businesses and basic services in local suburbs.

I would like to let you know that most of Chisnallwood is in a good state - the classrooms have all passed the structural test, with the only real damage being to the administration block.

The Performing Arts block is in very good state indeed, with only very minor cracks. We will be in tidying up this week and then just have to wait for confirmation of other services but plan to start back on March 16th.

Mr Paton has been posting updates on the school website, so please keep an eye on this for confirmation:


Unfortunately the website hasn’t been opening in older versions of Windows Internet Explorer for everyone, but has been fine in Firefox, Safari and Chrome. This Explorer problem is currently being looked at.

We are looking forward to school resuming along with music lessons and music groups! The itinerant staff have been raving to me about the potential of this year’s students and I thought the same about the 2011 orchestra and jazz band who were sounding great for only two practices!

There are a few of you with instruments at school – these are all safe in the storage room. If you need yours before school resumes, please let me know.

I realize there may be some families who have left Christchurch. If you can, please let us know if this is a temporary or permanent move. Also please let us know if there is any other reason your circumstances no longer allow you to learn. We will do what we can to help.

I have created a brief form for you to fill in which would help us if you could fill in. This is at chisnallwoodmusic.wikispaces.com

In the second week of the holidays (after Easter) I hope to have a series of workshops for rockquest bands, jazz band and sound techs. I will confirm this later. This is because both RockQuest and JazzQuest competitions are being held in term 2 this year.

It is natural for us all to put music on the bottom priority at a time like this. So it felt strange last Friday for me to go and play for a wedding for 6 hours. But when we got started, it was a surprisingly helpful experience.

I hope we can help students by continuing the music programme alongside regular classes at Chisnallwood. And if you know of any other practical needs in our community that we may be able to organize help with straight away, please let me know.

Judith Bell

Friday, February 25, 2011

School closed until further notice

Following the February 22nd earthquake, school is closed until further notice.

Our thoughts are with all at this sad time.

The jazz band gig for the CCC family day on March 6th is canceled but the organizers hope to reschedule later in the year.

Please see the school website for updates on the school situation.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Some Term one Music Event Highlights and News, 2011

Feb 14th Itinerant lessons start. If you haven't signed up yet, please click here and sign up! Even if you are continuing from last year with the same teacher, we would appreciate you registering! We have a fantastic range of instruments (including vocal) and expert teachers available for students to make the most of!

Groups underway by week 3 are: orchestra, jazz band, ukulele and theory club.
Auditions will be held for rock bands in week 3. Please watch the notices!

We are excited to have the music computers all updated with latest software! These will be available for use from week 3.

More term one dates:

Feb 21st and 28th, 9-11am Choir auditions with Mr Atlas.
Feb 22nd 7pm Practice Seminar for all music students and families. Sign up on the music wiki.
Feb 23rd "Shakespeare as you write it" (visiting performance for year 8s)
Sun Mar 6th 12-1pm Jazz Band gig at the Groynes
Fri Mar 25th Production Auditions with Mr Atlas
Fri April 8th Pandemonium performances for years 7 and 8

Learning Music: Practice and Performance

Learning Music: Practice and Performance
International speaker, Michael Griffin present an evening for all Chisnallwood music students and their families. (Other music families are also very welcome). Michael will focus on how to practice better by revealing the way the brain learns, the nature of motivation, and the fundamental principles of how to practice.
Please fill this out the form here if you would like to attend the practice workshop so we have an indication of numbers.

Cost $5 per family (payable at the door).

The seminar runs from 7pm - 8.15pm and will be followed by supper. Drinks provided, but please bring a plate if you can.
We hope as many students as possible can attend!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Chisnallwood Music CD 2010

The Chisnallwood 2010 school CD has been posted out to all who ordered a copy. If you missed out on ordering you can still click here to order your own copy.
It looks great, with an 8 page booklet of photos and is loaded with 21 memorable tracks played by the orchestra, jazz bands, choir, percussion, ukuleles, Ruia Te Kakano, Pasifika, 3 rockbands and 2 chamber groups.