Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Coming up this week.....

Thursday Dec 13th - 12.30pm-1pm - Our choir and jazz band will be performing at the RE:START MALL in town as part of Kids In Town. Come on down, have a coffee and a listen to some Christmas music. We will have special guests Amy Bowie and Anna Whitaker!

Saturday Dec 15th 6pm at the CBS Arena. Our Choir is lucky to be performing with the Christchurch Symphony at the Christmas Concert! http://www.cso.co.nz/concert-christmas-18 The choir will be having rehearsals with the orchestra on Friday night and Saturday afternoon.

2012 School Music CDs are underway and will feature lots of music groups!
2 CDs for $10

Also the 2012 School Production DVD is available to order - cost $10.

Both the CD and DVD can be ordered by clicking the link at www.chisnallwoodmusic.org.nz


Re-Percussion Concert 2012

QEII Farewell

UkeFest 2012

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Last Two Weeks of 2012 Chisnallwood Music

Friday Dec 7th 1.15pm Outdoor lunchtime rock concert at school if fine.

Saturday Dec 8th - Ukulele Festival at Chisnallwood - Come and hear our ukulele players combine with 300 others in a massed concert at 2pm! Entry is just a gold coin. This will be outside on the netball courts if fine and in the hall if wet. Special guests include Henare Kaa and Natalie Slade (vocal soloists), Kevin Fogarty (he wrote songs such as "Rock that Uke"), Maria Winder and Mary Cornish (from the NZ Ukulele Trust), Clayton Hiku (bass) and Luke Smillie (drums).
And Kevin Fogarty will be running a uke workshop at 10am for anyone interested in developing their skills.
See https://sites.google.com/site/chchukefest/ for details.

Sunday Dec 9th - 12-3pm Our Jazz bands will be playing at the "Farewell to QEII"

Sunday Dec 9th 7pm at Cashmere High's McCombs performing Arts Centre - Our percussion group will be playing at the annual "Re-Percussion" Concert.
See http://pandemoniumpercussion.homestead.com/ for details.

Thursday Dec 13th - 12.30pm-1pm - Our choir and jazz band will be performing at the Re:Start mall in town as part of Kids In Town. Come on down, have a coffee and a listen to some Christmas music. We will have special guests Amy Bowie and Anna Whitaker!

Saturday Dec 15th 6pm at the CBS Arena. Our Choir is lucky to be performing with the Christchurch Symphony at the Christmas Concert! http://www.cso.co.nz/concert-christmas-18 The choir will be having rehearsals with the orchestra on Friday night and Saturday afternoon.

Tuesday 18th Dec 9.30am and 11am and Wednesday 19th Dec 1pm. The choir, orchestra and jazz band will be an important part of the final three school prizegivings.

2012 School Music CDs are underway and will feature lots of music groups!
Also the 2012 School Production DVD is available to order.
Both the CD and DVD can be ordered by clicking the link at www.chisnallwoodmusic.org.nz

New Brighton Santa Parade 2012
Check out the jazz page on chisnallwoodmusic.org.nz for more photos from the Santa Parade last weekend.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Congratulations Sam

Check out ex-student Sam Jones' recent achievements on sax.
He started sax when he was at Chisnallwood and has continued to keep a link with the school, twice helping our jazz band this year. Congratulations Sam.

Music this week

Wednesday November 28th
6.30pm - 7.30pm Itinerant Night 3

6.30 - 7.30pm CONCERT ROOM - Leroy Edgar's guitar students

6.30pm - 7pm MEDIA ROOM Clayton Hiku's guitar and bass students then walking over to the hall to see the short Hip Hop dance item at 7pm.

7pm Hall Leearna's Hip Hop dance item

Saturday  December 1st 
10.30am New Brighton Santa Parade 

Watch out for the Chisnallwood Jazz Band on the truck being driven my Mr Richardson! 
(Jazz band needs to be assembled at 10am on Marine Parade opposite the Working men's club or else meet at Chisnallwood at 9am)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Itinerant Night 2

Wed 21 Nov
6.30pm - 7.30pm

MEDIA ROOM  - keyboards
CONCERT ROOM - piano and cello
LIBRARY - guitar (Phil), clarinet, sax and trumpet

Next week:
guitar, bass and hiphop.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Itinerant Night CHANGE this week

Please note changes in this week's itinerant night!

Wed 14th November
5.30pm-7pm - earlier time so as to avoid clashing with the meeting* in the hall at 7pm

5.30pm flutes and violins in the media room
5.30pm vocals in the concert room
6.40pm  massed drum item in the technology court!!
We are hoping to have a sausage sizzle from 6.30pm-7pm which might help those who wish to attend both events.

Trumpets and hiphop have moved to a later date.

Please check out chisnallwoodmusic.org.nz for details of the other itinerant nights being held on Nov 21 and Nov 28!

 *As part of the Community Consultation process and further to the two community meetings already held, there will be a Focus Meeting to look at proposals for Chisnallwood’s way forward on Wednesday 14th November at 7pm in the School Gym. This will be a 90 minute workshop meeting led by professional facilitator Chris Mene. All welcome.

Friday, November 2, 2012

This week in music at Chisnallwood

Firstly well done to the performance groups who played for visiting year 6 students on Wed and Thursday. Visiting students got to hear our orchestra, Irish band, brass group and jazz band. They found out about the other groups and music possibilities as well as being introduced to some new instruments.

The Jazz Bands also played as the 560 or so people arrived for the big Community Consultation Meeting on Wed night regarding the future of the school.

Meanwhile the choir has started learning it's lovely pieces to perform at the Christmas concert with CSO on Dec 15. Choir members should check details on the choir page of the wiki.

Tomorrow our Marimba group will play at the CHCH Marimba festival to be held at the St Andrew's College Gymnasium, Papanui Rd. They will perform at the 3pm performance. Look out for their hot pink marimba Tshirts :)

On Tuesday the Orchestra and Choir will perform one piece at the conclusion of the visit from Hekia Parata. This will take place between 3.30pm and 4.30pm. Parents/caregivers/supporters are encouraged to attend this consultation meeting to be held in the hall.

Tuesday also will see our jazz combo play for the ASB scholarship awards ceremony during the day.

Wednesday is a recording day for the school CD.

On Thursday the Press will come and video the jazz band at rehearsal as part of snapshots of schools affected by the government proposals.

Meanwhile itinerant students are getting ready for the upcoming itinerant nights. Check out http://chisnallwoodmusic.wikispaces.com/itinerant+night. to see which night you are on if you are learning an instrument or voice or hiphop at school. These nights are always enjoyable and a fabulous opportunity for students to play and for families to meet the itinerant teachers.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Labour Weekend Music

A big fantastic Big Band Festival this weekend!

Check out www.bigbandfest.org.nz

SUNDAY Oct 21st
Our Chisnallwood band is playing on Sunday Oct 21st 3.45pm - 4.15pm in the Court Theatre Foyer, Addington. Other bands playing (starting from 1pm) are Burnside High Big Band, Mainland Big Band, Sideline Swing and Garden City Big Band!

And Monday Oct 22nd is filled with workshops and concerts at the Aurora Centre, Burnside High!

10am-12  Drum Clinic with STEVE SMITH! Not-to be-missed if you are a drummer!

10.30am - 12.30 Youth and young at heart Big Band Clinic with Rodger Fox, Jon Papenbrook and members of the WJO

1.45 Youth Big Band opens concert

2pm Come and hear Steve Smith and Jon Papenbrook star with Rodger Fox and the Tui-winning WJO

7.30pm Local singer Anna Whitaker (opened by Burnside High with guests Ella Dunbar-Wilcox and a few surprises) will give a fun and high quality big band concert with much music arranged by Michael Bell (he does some of our arrangements)

Check out today on TreatMe specials for tickets: http://www.treatme.co.nz/Deal/Christchurch/bigbandfestival-oct12cf
And on CTV there's a couple of giveaways being offered this week!
And there might be an album giveaway or two for pre-booked tickets to the Monday concerts :) 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Upcoming events

Upcoming Music Dates to put in your diaries:

Wednesday Sept 26th at school from 11am-1pm. Performances in hall for local schools.
Sept 27 Kids in Town 12.30pm Hagley Park as part of IceFest - jazz and Irish bands


Saturday Sept 29th 1.45pm-2.15pm US Antarctic Airbase Open Day, at Antarctic Centre
Sunday Sept 30th - 10am-11am Family Fun Day at the "Undercroft" at University of Canterbury
Sat Oct 13th - CSO - special ticket offer and rehearsal visit for orchestra

Wed Oct 17th Jazz and Irish busking at Akaroa
Friday 19th Oct 11am Jazz, Irish performance at North Loburn School
Sunday 21st and Monday Oct 22nd (Labour weekend)- Big Band Festival in ChCh - check out details
Tuesday 23rd Oct - jazz bands play for NI principals (morning at school)
Oct 25th - Chisnallwood Choir at CBS Arena for the ChCh Schools' Music festival

Oct 29 - Dunedin Jazz
Nov 3rd - Marimba festival
Tuesday 6th November - COMBO only for ASB Community Bursary Awards luncheon
Sat Nov 10th - Theory exam and IRMT Jazz event at Chisnallwood
Wed Nov 14 - Itinerant night 1 - drums, violin, trumpet, vocals, flute, hiphop
Monday 19th November NZEI graduation at Aurora Centre
Wed Nov 21 - itinerant night 2 - keyboard, piano, cello, Phil's guitar, sax, clarinet
Wed Nov 28th - itinerant night 3 - Leroy and Clayton
Saturday 1st December - New Brighton Santa Parade
Saturday Dec 8th - Ukulele Festival at Cowles Stadium
Sat Dec 15 - Choir with CSO at CBS Arena 6pm (plus dress rehearsal)
Sunday Dec 16 - Re-Percussion Concert at Cashmere High 6pm
Tuesday Dec 18 - formal certificate assemblies
Wed Dec 19th - final prizegiving

CSO concerts

Please check out the sign up form at
if you want free tickets or a space at a rehearsal with the CSO thanks to the ambassador scheme!!!
The opportunities are:
1. Revolution rehearsal 13 Oct 2. Revolution concert 13 Oct 3. Halloween concert 31 Oct

Sign-up closes at the end of this week, so make sure you check it out!


CONGRATULATIONS to the Chisnallwood rock bands on picking up three awards at BandQuest! Best musicianship (True Culture), Best lyrics (Breana) and Best original Song (Infinity).
All four Chissy bands gave stunning performances! Well done to all 25 students involved!
Here's a link to photos from the day

Thursday, September 13, 2012

September 14th and 15th

This week we are looking forward to members of the NZSO visiting Chisnallwood on Sept 14th.
They will give a performance to our whole school in the morning then another performance to 600 visiting students from ChCh schools. Preparation resources have been available on both the NZSO website and the orchestra page of the wiki. Our orchestra has had a go at playing one of the pieces! We look forward also to John Ritchie visiting the first performance and hearing his son Anthony Ritchie's composition, "Purakaunui". As well as Anthony's piece, they will play Hungarian Dance No.5 by Brahms, Can-Can by Offenbach, An American in Paris by Gershwin, Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky, Fred No Frevo by Ney Rosauro.

Then on Saturday we wish four of our Chisnallwood bands good luck as they play at BandQuest at Kaiapoi High. This will involve a big sound check for them in the afternoon, then everyone is welcome to come and support them as they play at night 7-9pm. The entry price is $10 ticket. This event is only for bands up to year 8. Our bands taking part are: 50-50, True Culture, Infinity and Unknown.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Music news June 14

SMOKE FREE PASIFICA BEATS - Saturday June 16th 4.30pm - 5.30pm at the Jack Mann
Auditorium 7pm Solway Ave. Free entry. Chisnallwood band: "True Culture" will be

Sunday 17th June at the Jack Mann Auditorium 7pm Solway Ave. The Chisnallwood band
"50-50" made it through to the next level despite being one of the younger bands in
Rockquest. All the other bands on Sunday night will be from high schools. Each band gets
to play for a maximum of 7 minutes. Supporters very welcome! $20 entry to non-band

THURSDAY 28th JUNE 1.45pm-3pm The "Afternoon Delights" series will feature our
Chisnallwood jazz bands, ukuleles etc in a special concert designed for an older audience
(but anyone is welcome). This series is hosted by the ChCh Music Centre and the venue is
the Salvation Army Citadel, 250 Colombo St, Sydenham. $5 entry. Details at

Want to write a School Radio Jingle? Entries are now open and close July 23rd. If
yours is chosen it will run on air! More than one may be chosen eg. one in English and one
with Maori or Pasifica content.
Those who have taken computer music at school can use SuperDuperMusicLooper,
Mixcraft, GarageBand or Audacity at school. At home you can use MYNA (there is a link on
the music website on the “Useful music links” page).
The frequency is FM 107.7 and you need a catchy short memorable Chisnallwood jingle.

Fantastic UPCOMING CONCERTS which may be of interest.....

Christchurch Symphony Orchestra "La Mer" Sat 23rd June. Free student tickets. Sign up on the
orchestra page of the ChisnallwoodMusic website.
This will be an amazing concert at the Wigram Airforce museum featuring water drums and
orchestra, a harp concerto, Debussy's La Mer and Gareth Farr's From the Depths Sound the Great
Sea Gongs

US Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band in concert: Fantastic concerts - all free!
20 June 2012, 2pm at La Vida Centre, Hanson Lane, Riccarton – joint concert with NZ Army Band
20 June 2012, 7pm at GeoDome, Hagley Park Events Village
Thursday, 21 June 2012, 10:30am, Geo Dome, Hagley Park Events Village (open to schools and
details http://newzealand.usembassy.gov/marine_band.html

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

May 31st 2012

What a way to end NZ music month!
We were so lucky to have the RDU mobile recording unit at school to record some of our bands as well as the 12 noon Hook-Line-and-Sing-Along!

The photo features Jeff Fulton (Play it Strange) with many of our singers at 12 noon today. Jeff was our guest judge for the house sing-off.

Beside the RDU mobile recording unit at school today.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Special offer of CSO tickets

The CSO have a great opportunity for Chisnallwood students through our CSO ambassadors.

Students are invited to attend upcoming selected Christchurch Symphony Orchestra Concerts for FREE!  Accompanying adults will need to be prepared to pay for their ticket. This term, students are invited to attend " La Mer" on Saturday June 23rd at 7.30pm at the Air force Museum in Wigram. (The night before the all-day rehearsal for production).

This will be an amazing theatrical concert with amplified bowls of water to replace traditional percussion. La Mer is a world filled with surprises and unexpected pleasures as Debussy explores the movements of the waves and the feel of the wind.

If you are interested in attending this concert, please fill in the form here or see our CSO ambassadors - Mahlia in room 7, or Claudia in room 1.
We need confirmation by 1st June. Get in quick, as there are limited seats available.

Once you order tickets you will be given a contact to notify in the case of being unable to attend (so any unused tickets can be re-distributed for this popular concert).
Tickets may be collected on the night at the venue.

Details of the concert: http://www.cso.co.nz/concert-la_mer-6

Music news week of June 25-June 3

Chisnallwood JAZZ BANDS (big band and combo), ROCKBANDS and UKE BAND will be providing music for a community lunch on Friday 25th May 12.30-1.30pm at Avondale Primary School.

NZ's Hook-Line-and-Singalong will be held around the country on Thursday May 31st at 12 noon. Everyone will sing this year's NZ song "21 degrees" and we will have a house "sing-off" competition.
Details of the song can be found here: http://chisnallwoodmusic.wikispaces.com/Hook+Line+and+SingAlong2012

Our bands will be performing on Sunday 3rd June at the JackMann Auditorium on Solway Ave between 1pm and 3.30pm. There will be a $10 door charge for friends, family and supporters. Details about rockquest along with a complete tentative list of bands performing can be found on http://chisnallwoodmusic.wikispaces.com/RockBands

In preparation, a Chisnallwood parents Rock Night for the bands entering rockquest will be held at school in the music room on Monday 28th at 7pm and the bands will perform in assembly on Wednesday May 30th 1.45pm

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


We invite all students and parents to a session on how to audition for Burnside Music programme. PLEASE NOTE the new time for this!
8.45am: in the music room - Burnside High teachers and senior students demonstrate how to audition!... Please bring any questions you have. The session will be very helpful and we encourage all students considering auditioning as well as their parents to attend this special offer.
10am - 10.40am: Concert in the hall. BHS jazz band and Bolling chamber group. The BHS jazz band and Chisnallwood Jazz Band will combine for two fabulous items! Parents welcome.

12.30pm-1.30pm Chisnallwood rockbands, jazz bands and ukulele band will provide music for the Avondale School community lunch.

THURSDAY MAY 31st 12 noon Chisnallwood will celebrate NZ music month with the rest of NZ by having a sing-off of "21 degrees in the Shade"
You can find this music on the school music website.

Students auditioning for CHCH Festival special groups please make sure you know all the requiremments. These can be found at http://musicfestival.school.nz/ or talk to Mrs Bell or Mrs Jones.

If your student is in a music group please check out the relevant pages at www.chisnallwoodmusic.org.nz

"5 minutes of Fame"
Westfield is holding a talent competition in the July holidays. The entries close on Friday June 8th for students between the ages of 8 and 18. Go online to www.westfield.co.nz to enter! 

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Saturday March 10th Concerto Finals

Chisnallwood students, parents and staff are lucky to have been offered free tickets to the National Concerto Finals on March 10th, 7.30pm at the Aurora Centre, Burnside High.
You will get the chance to hear three amazing young soloists perform concertos with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. One of the contestants is Hilary Hayes, whom some of you may remember visited our orchestra last year and helped our violinists.
If you visit https://chisnallwoodmusic.wikispaces.com/Orchestra you can read about the soloists, read about how to attend this kind of concert, listen to a sample of the music and also sign up for tickets. You need to apply for tickets by March 5th. And all audience members get the chance to take part in the audience vote.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Music lessons 2012

Don't forget to sign up at on www.chisnallwoodmusic.org.nz if you want to learn music at school. Great opportunities are available.
Lessons are underway and there's been a great response but there are a few spaces available, so do fill it in if you are interested or give Mrs Bell a call if you have questions!

Groups that have started up are Orchestra, jazz band and ukulele band.
Choir and percussion start this week. The timetable for these groups is on the music website. Please see Mrs Bell if you are interested in joining a group. It's a fantastic experience to be part of a committed music group! 
Rock band auditions continue next week. Watch the daily notices for these.
Dance lessons will be advertised soon.

Festival of Flowers

Well done to the Ukulele Band for their performance on Feb 17 at Hagley Park as part of the Opening of the ChCh Festival of Flowers. Great to see so many new players from Chisnallwood! It was great to be combined with other schools at this special event. There will be more photos uploaded to the music website soon!