Rep Group applications now open!

Applications for an audition to join one of the four Representative Groups of the Music festival – the Junior and Senior Choirs, the Concert Band and the Symphony Orchestra – are now open.

Applicants have until the last day of Term 1 to apply for an audition…but don’t leave it to the last minute. We usually have over 600 applicants for only about 350 positions, so it is vital that you get your application in before the deadline.

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Concert Band conductor 2018

The Festival Executive is delighted to announce that from 2018, the Concert Band will be conducted by Chris Petch, Burnside High School.

A former graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Chris is Head of Music and Director of the Specialist Music Programme (SMP) at Burnside High School, where he also directs the school’s multi award-winning Big Band and Symphonic Wind Band and teaches Low Brass.

Whilst living in England, ...

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We need …

The Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival is calling for expressions of interest for appointment to an Advisory Panel for the Festival.

The Advisory Panel will be responsible for assisting the Festival Executive in advancing the recently drafted Strategic Plan and maintaining the Festival’s financial sustainability.

We are particularly interested in candidates who have experience in the following:

  • Strategic thinking and financial planning
  • Corporate Sponsorship
  • Marketing
  • Business Development
  • Legal & Governance
  • Public Relations

We expect that meetings will be held quarterly and members may be consulted via email between ...

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Suggestions for the Massed Choirs

One of the hardest tasks for the Music Team each year is endeavouring to select an overall theme and suitable songs for the Massed Choirs to sing.

Songs selected have to meet at least most of the following criteria:

It is the task of the Festival Music team to sort out a well-balanced programme with songs that fit the above criteria, but we would welcome suggestions as to songs that they should consider when doing so.

We also welcome suggestions for an over-arching ...

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Sister Schools’ Festival – Adelaide

The Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival is establishing a functional relationship with its equivalent festival in Adelaide, “The Festival of Music”.

With its genesis in 1891 as the Thousand Voice Choir, The Festival of Music has been a part of South Australian life and now stands as an official State Icon.

Reaching over 23,000 primary children annually and with singing at its core, the Festival assists schools in reaching out for excellence.

The next Adelaide series will be held between the 13th and 23rd ...

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The Festival sends out messages about when we open/close applications for choirs or Representative Groups, when announcements are made about rehearsals and performances, and anything else that will keep you up-to-date on what is happening in the organisation of this event.

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