Wednesday, June 26, 2013

What's in store for the last couple of weeks of term?

We are in the middle of a busy performance week - 7 roadshows for local schools with Jazz band, Irish band, Feedback and school leaders ... plus a ukulele and Irish gig for Fitzgerald Living Rest home. These have been lots of fun and great experience for everyone.

Coming up:

Open Night Music Wed July 3rd 6-8pm

Music outline: 

6pm-6.50pm in the hall:
  • RTK, Orchestra, Choir, Jazz Band, Uniform Parade and Pasifika 

6.50pm - 8pm in the Performing Arts Block:
  •  6.50pm Jazz Band
  •  7.10pm Jazz Combo
  •  7.30pm Marimba (and some ukuleles) in the media room
  •  7.40pm Irish Band
  •  7.50pm Feedback (rockband)
  •  Sound tech guides (hall)
  • Hands on Computer Music (Computer Music lab)
  •  Recording studio 
  • Hands on Instruments (itinerant rooms)

NZSO Concert opportunity

NZSO and Colin Currie Concert 
The Bold Worlds concert in the CBS Canterbury Arena on Wednesday 10 July at 7.00pm.  It will be an exciting concert with world-renowned percussionist Colin Currie back in New Zealand for the Southern Hemisphere premiere of a new Concerto for Solo Percussion and Orchestra, Sieidi, by Finnish composer Kalevi Aho.
In Aho’s concerto, Currie explores the different timbres of the percussionist’s armoury - darabuka, tom-toms and snare, marimba, wood and temple blocks, vibraphone and tamtam - in a work that is lyrical and brilliantly rhythmic.
The NZSO have a Student/Accompanying Adult Discount - $10/$20 – which can be booked through NZSO Client Service 0800 479 674. Or let Mrs Bell know by filling out the form on this page:
You can find lots of information, videos and links about the concert and Colin Currie here:

Combined Concert with visiting guests, ACG Parnell College 

Thursday July 11th, 7pm Chisnallwood Hall 
  • Combined orchestras and groups of Parnell and Chisnallwood. (More details to come next week)
  • Guest sax quartet "The Hall Quartet" (all ex-Chisnallwood national finalists).

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Coming up:

When: Sunday June 16th
Where: Jack Mann Auditorium, Solway Ave, Ilam
Time: 12-3pm
Cost: $10 entry for non-band members
The bands would love lots of enthusiastic supporters so we encourage family and friends to come along!
It also runs on Sat 15th, but our five rock bands are on Sunday 16th - "Rewind", "Feedback", "Gold Rush Crew", "Fallen Sky" and "3-50".
They have had a good preparation week having had a session with Ravil Atlas, an assembly performance and rock night.
Check out for details and click on the Canterbury (Sun) link.

Smokefree Pasifika Beats Saturday, 15th June, 5pm Jack Mann Auditorium, Solway Ave, Ilam.

June 24th Our Ukulele group will perform at 2pm for residents at the retirement home "Fitzgerald Living".

June 24-28 performances at local contributing schools. Jazz, Irish and Feedback.

July 3rd OPEN NIGHT Performances by many of the music groups in the hall or music room.

July 10th NZSO Concert at CBS Arena with percussionist Colin Currie. Special education ticket prices of $10 and $20. You will be able to order tickets on the orchestra page of the wiki.

July 8-12 Visit by ACG Parnell College Music Students with a combined Thursday evening concert at Chisnallwood. (July 11th)

Jazz Band playing at the Education Expo at Wigram

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

June Music news

On May 31st Chisnallwood combined with Avondale School to sing "Paradise" as a finale to NZ Music Month 2013. The awesome singing nearly lifted the roof off the hall and it was a great experience. Congratulations to Earth for winning the Sing-Off. Here's a link to the initial edit of the video made on the day:

June 8th Students are invited to attend the Christchurch Symphony rehearsal of "Hollywood" at Wigram Airforce Museum at 10.30am. Please see the CSO Ambassador page of for details and to indicate your interest.

June 8th The Chisnallwood Jazz bands will be playing for the Modern Learning Envirnments Expo from 1.30-2pm. The expo is  free event and runs from 10am-4pm at the Wigram Airforce Museum which is open to everyone.

June 16th ROCKQUEST (Day 2) Our five Chisnallwood rockbands will be performing at the Jack Mann Auditorium, Solway Ave on day 2 of the Rockquest heats. The event runs from approximately 12 - 3pm and we'll post a schedule next week with updated performance times. It costs $10 to get in for non-band members so start saving your coins now. The bands would love to have lots of supporters!

June 24th Our Ukulele group will perform at 2pm for residents at the retirement home "Fitzgerald Living".

Good luck to everyone who are sitting auditions for the special groups for the Schools' Music Festival and sitting practical and theory music exams.

Itinerant music lessons
We are really hearing some fantastic progress and are grateful to the teachers and parents for their support. Keep up the practice and don't forget you need to let your music teacher know in advance if anything is going to prevent you from attending your lesson. By now music teachers shouldn't have to call students to their lessons. When students remember to get to their lesson on time, they get the best value from their lesson time!

We are looking forward to having the visiting NZ percussion group STRIKE perform here at Chisnallwood during the day on Monday 10th June.