Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Week 6 Term 3

Festival of Voices - Well done to our choir, orchestra, school rhythm section and ukulele players for their performance on Tuesday night. Well done to our rhythm section who also accompanied all the adults in the massed item at the end! If you missed the performance, you can hear our choir next Tuesday at St Margaret's performing as part of the Voices Festival. 7pm. They will be performing alongside high school contemporary choirs.

Strum Strike and Blow - Well done to our 70 Chisnallwood ukulele, marimba and recorder students who performed amongst 1000 students from 35 schools last night.

Tonight: BandQuest at Chisnallwood 7pm-9pm $10 ticket at the door (free for band members).
and sound checks for bands 3.15 - 5pm
Dinner break 5-6pm - sausage sizzle and canteen open
6pm door sales open
7pm Concert starts
6 bands from Chisnallwood bands, Genuine Fakes, Electric Twitch, Static Movement, Catch Phrase. Cosmic Latte and Automatic will perform along with other primary school bands from schools such as Waitakiri, Prebbleton, Opawa, Kaiapoi North.

AFRICAN DJEMBE DRUMMING group starts Friday (tomorrow) lunchtime. $5 week. Signup out the music office or online here. The group will be taken by Nicho Greig.

Next week's performances:
Monday - Irish band at the Cultural Festival (Horncastle Arena)
Tuesday - Choir, orchestra, ukes at the Voices Festival (St Margaret's Charles Luney Auditorium)
Thursday - Jazz band at DigiAwards (Burnside High Aurora Centre)
Friday afternoon - Ukes and choir at the Cultural Festival (Horncastle Arena)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Three great concerts this week!

The Chisnallwood Choir will be joined by member of our orchestra and our ukulele band in this pop-rock-barbershop choir concert on August 25th. Chisnallwood is the youngest choir in this concert. Other choirs include the ChCh pops choir, the Plainsmen Chorus, MUSOC contemporary choir, Vocal Network, Bromatics, Sweet Adelines, Magna Voce, NASDA cast of Sweet Charity, Vivace, Nth Canterbury Musical Society, Global Voices and Malestrom. Only $5 entry and free parking. 7pm-8.30pm. 

On August 26th around 80 Chisnallwood Ukulele players as well as our marimba and recorder players will join 1000 students from 35 schools in a fun concert backed by a professional live band. The concert will include a massed piece premiered which was composed by ex-Chisnallwood student Michael Bell as well as some great popular songs. $5 door sales and free parking. 7pm-8.15pm

Six Chisnallwood rockbands will be competing at BandQuest next Thursday 27th August along with 12 other primary school bands from schools such as Waitakiri, Prebbleton, Opawa, Kaipoi North and more. Our bands are Genuine Fakes, Electric Twitch, Static Movement, Catch Phrase. Cosmic Latte and Automatic.
7-9pm in the Chisnallwood hall.
$10 door sales (free for band members)

Check out details and permission forms at
There will be no itinerant lessons next Wednesday 26th.
A reminder - if students have to miss a music lesson, please let the music teacher know in advance.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Chissy Music News week 4 term 3

Last week we had a great saxophone masterclass at school taken by ex-Chisnallwood student Samuel Jones who has gone on and completed a degree majoring in saxophone.

Last week we celebrated our Bronze awards the Chisnallwood bands won. I forgot to add that Aya McLarty got special mention for her trombone playing, and so did Asher McNeil for his trumpet playing (from Halswell School, who joined us). Also many of the individual top awards were won by ex-Chisnallwood jazz band students! Congratulations to Hamish Smith (best bassist and best overall musician), Matthew Howes (best guitarist), Ella Dunbar-Wilcox (best vocals and best original song).

Oct 17 there will be a 24 hour Busk-a-thon to raise money for "Home and Family". We might have a group or 2 play from school, but if you know someone who would like to perform for this good cause, here is the registration page:

Special ticket offers for the Voices Festival close on Friday. (See choir page on the music website)

Next Friday a weekly lunchtime African Drumming group is starting up. The cost will be $30 for the remainder of the term and it will be taken by Nicho Greig. Sign up is at

Please pass on to your music friends that applications close soon for the 2016 Chisnallwood music scholarship for new year 7s. Auditions will be on Sept 15th.

We have a busy 2 music weeks in weeks 6 and 7, so here's an overview:

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Week 3 Term 3: Theory, Jazz and Probus

Congratulations to Keira, Myffy and Ryan on their Theory Exam results!

Well done to the JazzBands at JazzQuest in the weekend. They played really well and both bands achieved Bronze awards at this high school event! Here is a link to a photos.

The Jazz and Irish played on Monday. Click here to see the photos.

This Sunday you can catch "Catch Phrase" (Chisnallwood Rock band) playing at the Waimak Club at 3.30pm.

All music groups have upcoming gigs and permission forms at (please check this out if you are in group).

Well done to all the music groups at Open night last week! Great performances from all groups and it was fun seeing so many visitors trying out new instruments and computer software....