Thursday, December 4, 2014

December Music Update

Exam Results
Congratulations to the following students who sat theory exams through theory club this term:
Nic Ryan, Rose Lee, Dawson Berry, Kaitlin Burke (Grade 1 with Distinction), Kayne Child, Jackson Kelly (Grade 1 with Merit), Ryan Bell, Olivia Costello (Grade 2 with Distinction), Annabelle Heaney (Grade 3 with Merit), Pagan Cashell (Grade 4 with Pass).
Theory Club finishes up this week and the certificates will be presented there.
Congratulations to Reuben Willis for his Distinction in Grade 1 jazz piano exam he sat under the tutelage of Marnie Barrell.

CONGRATULATIONS to Liam Johnson (room 17) who has been accepted into the 2015 NZSSSO on double bass!

Check out these photos of recent events:

Choir/Irish/orchestra members who wish to be part of the Santa Parades, please sign up here: (You’ll need to wear a black uniform with Christmas accessories and be full of smiles and waving). You get a details email once you are signed up. The Jazz band is playing for these.
Dec 7th ChCh Santa Parade (in Riccarton) 2pm

Coming up:
Dec 12 Prizegivings (orchestra, jazz and choir) and Jazz combo at Banks Ave (after school)
Dec 14 Re-percussion Concert at Cashmere High (with Chisnallwood Marimba group) 7.30pm
Dec 16 Final Prizegiving 11am (orchestra, jazz and choir)
Dec 21 Choir Concert (with Chisnallwood Choir) “An Old-Fashioned Christmas Concert” 2.30pm @ St Mary’s Pro Cathedral


Monday, November 24, 2014

November update

Coming up this week:
Itinerant Night 3 Thursday Nov 27th: 6pm -7.30pm
6.15 in the Library: flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin, trumpet, trombone.
6.30 in the Media room: keyboard
6pm in the Concert Room: Claire's students, Clayton's extra students and Leroy's guitar students
7.15pm in the Hall: Hiphop dance and prizegiving
But wait, there's more:
There is a school art exhibition (from Art Camp) in the foyer from 6pm which you are welcome to enjoy.

And you are invited to bring a little money to buy snacks to help the ukulele group with their Auckland trip.
The permission form for performers, for anyone who missed it, is online here. The programme is looking great!

Chisnallwood Rock Night, Sunday Nov 30th, 7pm at Orange Studios, Ferry Road. Tickets $20, $10 concession, Live recording concert featuring Unidentified, Sonic Pulse, Killer Blue, Luminous Sounds and MultiRingTonePhone. Tickets are limited but are now on sale here! All proceeds go toward recording costs.

Some more music events coming up:
Kiwilele trip to Auckland Sat 29th Nov
Dec 7th ChCh Santa Parade (in Riccarton) 2pm
Dec 13 New Brighton Santa Parade 10am

The jazz band is playing in both the Santa Parades, but If students from Irish, choir or orchestra would like to be involved by walking in the parade, they will need a black performance uniform, Christmas accessories, and will need to fill in this form.

Dec 12 Prizegivings (orchestra, jazz and choir) and Jazz combo at Banks Ave (after school)
Dec 14 Re-percussion Concert at Cashmere High (with Chisnallwood Marimba group) 7.30pm
Dec 16 Final Prizegiving 11am (orchestra, jazz and choir)
Dec 21 Choir Concert (with Chisnallwood Choir) “An Old-Fashioned Christmas Concert” 2.30pm @ St Mary’s Pro Cathedral


Recent events:

Well done to the Jazz Bands who played at the NZEI Teachers’ Graduation on Nov 17th.
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Well done to those who performed at the piano and drums Itinerant Night 1 on Nov 19th. (Photo below from the epic massed drum item!)
Itinerant Night 2 featured Amanda's vocal students in the Concert Room and Clayton's bass and guitar students in the Media room.
This week, Nov 27th features: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, violin, guitar and keyboard.
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The Chisnallwood Choir, Chisnallwood Combo and Mana Rae (soloist) were lucky to be guest performers at the Christchurch Liedertafel Choir concert on Sunday Nov 23rd, 1.30-3.30pm in the Cardboard Cathedral. Mana performed 2 solo pieces: a flute piece by Faure accompanied by her sister Cheena and then played a saxophone solo in the second half. Our combo played " A Child is Born" and "At Last". Our choir sung "From Pastures Green" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" ending with "Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth" which was combined with the Liedertafel men's choir!
Jazz Band, Irish band and singers performed for the Pegasus Ladies Probus special Christmas end of year function on Monday Morning.

In print
This week we received copies of the Grey Power magazine where there is a lovely write up by Colin Taylor about their visit to Chisnallwood and the music performance. 

The Strum Strike Festival also appeared on the cover of the MENZA magazine (Music Education NZ, Aotearoa) with a couple of pictures later in the magazine of our students performing at Strum Strike Blow, Junior Jazz Jam and the Big Band Festival.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

October Music News

The Chisnallwood choir performs at the Horncastle Arena on Friday Oct 31.
We also have 11 students in special representative groups who have been performing each night at this festival.
The concert starts at 7pm and our choir members need to be there at 6.30pm tomorrow. Tickets available at Ticketek. Details on the school choir webpage.
All students learning music at school perform at these! There are forms online at

Wednesday 19th 
Piano with Marnie and Mike (Concert room)
Violin with Julie (Media room)
Drums with Henare Kaa (Hall)
Thursday 20th
Bass and Guitar with Clayton (Media room)
Vocals with Amanda (Concert room)
Thursday 27th
Flute with Janet Simon (Media room)
Sax and Clarinet with Elliot Ayrey (Media room)
Trumpet with Greg Knowles (Media room)
Songwriting with Claire Coleman (Media room)
Keyboard with Lynne Mackenzie (Library)
Hiphop dance with Leearna Anernethy (Hall)
Guitar with Leroy (Concert room)
Big Band Festival
Well done to our students who performed so well over Labour Weekend at the Big Band Festival in the Cathedral and at Ferrymead. It was great to see Rodger Fox's Youth band open for the gala night featuring Liam Johnson, Ryan Bell, Annabelle Heaney and Aya McLarty. Well done!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Term 4 music dates

Taster Day for Waitakiri School Thursday 16th Oct at school 12.45
Performance for GreyPower Superannuitants Wed 22nd Oct 1.45pm at school
Jazz and Irish at Kids in Town – ReStart Mall 12-1pm Thursday 23rd Oct
Labour Weekend – Big Band Festival – 14 bands in ChCh offering a huge range of events!
Saturday morning workshops available for public. Register at
Chisnallwood jazz Bands performing:
Sat @ Cardboard Cathedral 2.45pm,
Monday @ Ferrymead 11-1pm
ChCh School’s Music Festival Oct 29th-31st @ Horncastle Arena
Chisnallwood Choir on Oct 31
Theory Exam Nov 1st
Irish Band at Northwood Sun, Nov 2nd 12noon with Willie McArthur
NZEI Graduation Jazz band Nov 17th
Performance for Ladies Probus Mon 24th
Wed 26th Nov Itinerant Night 1
Thursday 27th Nov Itinerant Night 2
Jazz Band Recording day Nov 27th @ Orange Studio
KIWILELE trip to Auckland Nov 29th
Sun Nov 30th ROCK NIGHT @ Orange Studio 6pm
City Santa Parade Sunday 7th Dec (Cancellation date 14th) Jazz Band
New Brighton Santa Parade Sat 13th Dec Jazz Band
Sunday 23rd Nov Choir with ChCh Liedertafel @ Cardboard Cathedral
Re-Percussion Concert at Cashmere High Sunday Dec 14th 7.30pm
Prizegivings (Choir, Orchestra, Jazz) Fri Dec 12th and Tues Dec 16th
21 Dec Christmas concert in the Pro Cathedral with Ravil Atlas choirs


 Labour Weekend Christchurch Big Band Festival
Come and hear our Chisnallwood jazz and Irish bands perform at
  • Re:Start on Thursday 12-1
  • Cardboard Cathedral Saturday 2.45-3.30pm
  • Ferrymead Heritage Park Monday 11am-1pm

Also in the weekend, there are some fantastic adult bands playing around town, a ball, and amazing Saturday morning jazz workshops with Francisco Torres and Rodger Fox covering playing in a big band or improvisation. Check out the details at
The last week of October sees the Christchurch School’s Music Festival on for 3 nights in the Horncastle Arena. We have a number of students performing each night, and our choir takes part on Oct 31st.
Please note that all students taking music lessons at Chisnallwood have the wonderful focus of performing at their itinerant night in week 7. The exact dates for each instrument will be published soon. Each night runs a series of simultaneous friendly short concerts followed by a prizegiving. It’s a great chance to show families what students have learnt, and to meet the itinerant teachers.
We had 3 students go on a successful tour to Dunedin in the holidays with the ChCh Boys Choir. Well done to Ryan Bell, Nic Ryan and Rory Humm.
Congratulations to Unidentified who won best Original Song with “War Games” in the National Final of BandQuest after winning the Regional Heats!
Congratulations to all the students who took part in Strum Strike Blow and Junior Jazz Jam on the last week of term. You all represented Chisnallwood very well!
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

RockQuest Finals....

Chisnallwood band "Multi Ringtone Phone" is playing 7 minutes of original music at the Canterbury Regional Finals!
Come and support them:
7pm Aurora Centre (Burnside High)
$10 entry
You can also support them by texting multiringtonephone to 2567. 
Please note that only one vote per phone number counts towards this People's Choice award.

CONGRATULATIONS to Hamish Smith, Ryan Hall and Joshua Saville.
They are all ex-Chisnallwood students who made it into the NZ Youth Jazz Orchestra directed by Rodger Fox and Dave Lisik.

CSO on Saturday
We have a couple of student ambassador tickets available for the following concert. 
Please phone our music office by Friday 13th if you would like them.  982-9448
Tickets are also available for purchase at the Palms.
Lamb & Hayward Masters - Love & Loss
Tom Woods conductor
Mark Menzies violin
Ashley Brown cello

Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.6 BWV 1051
Schnittke Concerto Grosso No.2 for violin, cello and orchestra
Stravinsky Petrouchka
Saturday 14 June 2014, 7:30pm
Wigram Air Force Museum, 45 Harvard Ave, Christchurch

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Coming up this week:
  • June 9th 10.30-11.30am - our choir, Irish and jazz groups will perform for the South Brighton Ladies Probus special event.
  • Outdoor lunchtime concert by rock bands next Wednesday (weather permitting).
  • June 13th RockQuest Finals - Chisnallwood's "Multi Ring Tone Phone" will be playing a 7 minute set of original music at this.

The video from Friday's big "Hook, Line and Sing-along" event will be added to this MENZA pinterest website soon:

A reminder that if music students have a clash with swimming, camp, cantamaths, or for any reason can't make a lesson, then please let your itinerant music teacher know in advance. Thanks :)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

29 May Music News

Congratulations to all 5 of our bands last Saturday who played at Rockquest – Killer Blue, Terabytes, Sonic Pulse, MultiRingtonePhone and Unidentified. It was an exciting experience playing on the big stage!
Congratulations to MultiRingtonePhone who were one of the bands who made it through to the Regional Finals! This will be on June 13th, so put that in your diaries so you can come and support them as they get to play 7 minutes of original songs.
Here is a short write up by Josh from Unidentified:
The standards set by some of the high school bands were amazing and you found out very soon that this was no mucking around. Thousands of dollars up for grabs and so many types of bands from heavy metal to the all girls acoustic, Chizzy’s own Sonic Pulse. Not to mention all the other Chizzy band like Killer Blue, Terabytes, my band Unidentified, and finalists Multi Ringtone Phone. My favourite part of course was being on stage with the adrenalin rush. It was really cool that we had people to plug us in and help out if anything went wrong. Man sound techs do such a lot of unnoticed work. Josh Room 6     
Orchestrally last week we had various students attend a Christchurch Symphony rehearsal in the cathedral, a CSO concert and the NZSO concert. There will be an opportunity to get free and cheap seats soon for the CSO concert for Love and Loss on June 14. Sign up will be on the orchestra page of the website. Meanwhile our own growing all-comers orchestra is gearing up to play at Open Night at the end of term!
Tomorrow (Friday 30th May), sees our choir and ukes perform at Aranui Library at 11.15am (permission form is on the choir page of the website), then the big Hook, Line and Singalong Sing-off combined with Avondale at 1.45pm. This will be videoed.  You can learn the song at
The choir, jazz and Irish are performing in New Brighton on June 9th.
Auditions are underway for the Music festival. Please make sure you have all the information. Check on their website ( or at our music office. Students auditioning for Burnside SMP should allow time to book and rehearse with your chosen accompanist. See Mrs Bell if you need help with this.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Canterbury Heats of Smokefreerockquest are being held at  Aurora Centre, Cnr Greers Rd & Memorial Ave, on Saturday May 24th. Come and support our 5 Chisnallwood bands!
Tickets $10 at the door. No charge for band members, teachers and children 5yrs and under.
Here’s the line up of bands this Saturday: (Note: it is subject to change, but still gives an indication)
12:00         Contraband                                   West Eyreton School, Rangiora HS, Oxford Area School
12:05         16 Seconds                                   St Margaret’s College, St Thomas of Canterbury, Burnside HS
12:10         5 shades of grey                           Hurunui College
12:15         Clockwork                                    Burnside High School
12:20         Eleven                                           Hagley Community College
12:30         Killer Blue                                     Chisnallwood Intermediate
12:35         Limited Edition                             Burnside High School
12:40         Ivans Picnic on the Moon            Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti
12:45         SEMPERTERNAL                      St Andrew’s College (Christchurch)
12:50         Auria                                             Shirley Boys’ High School
1:00           Intense Procedure                        Rangiora High School
1:05           Cameroon Blue                            Papanui High School, St Thomas of Canterbury, Cashmere HS
1:10           Death is a Women                       Kaiapoi High School
1:15           The Unknown                               Hurunui College
1:20           The Sock Monkeys                      Heaton Normal Intermediate, Medbury Prep. School
1:30           Ivory                                              Hagley Community College
1:35           Sheila                                            Darfield High School
1:40           The Haze                                      Christchurch Boys’ High School, St Andrews College
1:45           Terabytes                                     Chisnallwood Intermediate
1:50           The Unknown                               Burnside High School
2:00           three day weekend                       St Andrew’s College (Christchurch)
2:05           Slick Acorn                                   Shirley Boys’ High School
2:10           A-Drift                                           Burnside High School
2:15           Revlation                                     Aranui High School
2:20           SeniorRHSfive                             Rangiora High School
2:25           Sonic Pulse                                  Chisnallwood Intermediate
2:30           RockAholics                                 Heaton Normal Intermediate
2:35           Aura                                              Hagley Community College
2:40           EmberCity                                    Burnside High School
2:45           Fracture the System                    Darfield High School
2:50           multi ringtone phone                Chisnallwood Intermediate
3:00           False Disciple                              Burnside High School, Papanui HS, Hagley Comm. College
3:05           JuniorRHSthreegirls                   Rangiora High School
3:10           Vivarium                                       Hagley Community College
3:15           Unidentified                                  Chisnallwood Intermediate
3:20           Reliant                                          Burnside High School
3:30           Broken Indicators                         Hagley Community College


Thanks so much to the NZ Ukulele Trust, Chisnallwood has received 12 free new Mahalo ukuleles and a tuner which will truly help the high demand from classes and the growing uke group!


Celebrating NZ Music Month at Aranui Library:
May 22 Rock and Jazz 1.20pm
May 23 Irish Band 2pm-2.30pm
May 30 Choir and Ukes 11am

"Hook line and Sing Along" is happening May 30th 1.45pm - a house sing off competition and combined singalong with Avondale school to celebrate the end of NZ Music month!! Have you learnt this year's song, Islands? Check it out at 

ChCh Schools' Music Festival
Information about the poster competition for this year's music festival (based on War and peace) can be found on Entries close June 13th.
Those auditioning for special groups should let Mrs Bell or Mrs Ritchie know if you want any help in preparation. Some practices will be advertised in the daily notices.