Wednesday, August 31, 2016

August Music

Jazz at NZGSE Graduation Ceremony

Last week the Chisnallwood Jazz band played at the NZ Grad School teacher Graduation ceremony.

Strum Strike and Blow

Congratulations to all our 75 students involved in Strum Strike and Blow last week. We had ukulele, marimba and recorder players playing with 800 students from around Canterbury. Dylan Jonkers was a winner in the rap competition and got to perform his rap, and Dylan and Lena Krakowiak also performed improvised solos on marimbas.
You can find more photos at and videos from the night will be uploaded there later.

Chisnallwood Choir at the Voices Festival

Chisnallwood Choir was the only primary school choir on our night at the annual Voices Festival for school pops choirs. Congratulations on their fine performance and for their Excellence Award for Ensemble Singing and an Outstanding Award for Choreography. It was great to be able to be part oft he festival and get to hear other choirs. The evening finished with a fun massed song.

Irish Band at the Cultural Festival

Well done to the Irish Band who performed at the Cultural Festival last night.

They performed a medley of "The Shores of Lyttelton" by Phil Garland, Kingdom Dance from Tangled and Shetland Reel. We will hopefully have a video  soon to share from the Festival.


Best wishes to our 6 bands playing BandQuest tomorrow night.
7pm at Chisnallwood Hall
Bands need to be there from 3pm for sound checks and workshops.
There will also be bands from Opihi, St Andrew's, Prebbleton, Opawa and Templeton schools.
Our bands are called Broken Jandal, Wild Zodiacs, @nonymous, Farmyard Children, QuadChoc and Am I Right?
There will be door sales for audience. Tickets are $10 and door open at 6.30pm.


Primary School Jazz bands (including Chisnallwood!)
4pm-6pm September 14th 
ARA MUSIC ARTS 130 High Street

Note there is a special special student ticket offer ($10 student and $20 accompanying adult) to the "Swing Into Spring" Rodger Fox Big Band with the NZSO at 7pm also Sept 14th. The offer closes on Sept 9th, so fill in this form if you are keen.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Term 3 week 4 music update


The jazz band had a successful trip to Wellington to play and workshop with Dr Rich Roberts in the WeBO festival and also performed at Hanmer Springs School on the way home.
Next week they give a guest performance for the Grad School Teacher ceremony, then on September 15 will take part in Junior Jazz Jam. They will also play in October as part of the CHCH Labour Weekend Big Band Festival.


Choir has both the Voices Festival and the Schools' Music Festival coming up. Choir parents are encouraged to check out the permissions on the choir page and reminded that choir music can be found on the backstage page for students to help students learn any music.
Voices Festival Aug 30
Music Festival area rehearsal Sept 14 and final performance Oct 28


This is next Thursday Aug 25th at the Horncastle arena. It will be a fun concert running from 7pm-8.15 and is just $5 on the door for audience to attend, so bring all your friends! You get to hear almost 1000 students (including 78 of our own) playing ukuleles, marimbas and recorders accompanied by a professional rhythm section band.


Our rock bands are getting ready for BandQuest on Sept 2nd.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Term 3

Term 3 Music Dates

Aug 12-15 Jazz tour to Wellington for WEBO

August 22 (Monday) Jazz Band - Graduation ceremony gig 5pm

Aug 25 (Thursday) Strum Strike and Blow 
A fun festival for massed ukes, marimbas and recorders
Venue: Horncastle Arena
All day rehearsal at the arena 9.30am-2.15pm (travel by bus)
Concert  7pm-8.15pm
Audience entry $5

September 2nd (Friday) - Bandquest 
For rockbands from Canterbury primary schools
Venue: Chisnallwood hall
3pm sound check, 7pm-9.30pm concert
Audience entry $10 

September 13 - Music Scholarships (Tuesday) - for year 6's coming to Chisnallwood next year (Please tell your friends entries close Sept2)

Sept 14 - Area rehearsal for Choir (Wed) 
For Christchurch Schools' Music Festival choir
Venue: Shirley Boys High from 9-11.30am

September 15 (Thursday) - Junior Jazz Jam 
Venue: ARA Music Arts,130 High Street 

Sept 16 (Friday) - Entries close for Music Theory Exams

Term 4 Dates

Oct 20 Kids in Town - Jazz band 12-1
Labour Weekend - Big Band Festival (Jazz Band)
Oct 28 Christchurch Schools' Music Festival performance (Choir)
Nov 5 ABRSM Theory exam
Dec 3 Ukulele trip to Auckland for Kiwilele Festival