Orchestra leaders and positions

The conductor of the Orchestra, Patrick Shepherd, is delighted to announce that the Co-Leaders of the Orchestra for 2018 are…

Joshua Hooker – Medbury School and Orla Dunlop – St Martins School.

Congratulations to Joshua and Orla.

A list of orchestra positions and leadership roles is now available here.

Orchestra members should note that these positions are initial placements and may change during rehearsals.

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Photo of your choir

For the 2018 Music Festival, we are again using the large video screen to introduce the performing schools to the audience. Before the evening performance begins, and during the interval, we will be playing a presentation that does exactly that.

Each school performing that night will have a photograph of the choir displayed along with the name of the school. What we would like you to do is provide us with that photograph! If you want a preview of something like ...

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2018 Rehearsal Music – Massed Choirs

Members of a school choir or a choir conductor can either play the tracks directly below, or download the tracks as they wish. We strongly recommend that you download the files to your own server/computer. A zip file of all rehearsal tracks is available below to simplify download and storage. In 2018, NO CD is being produced, so these tracks are your rehearsal material.

IMPORTANT NOTE: These files are provided for the express purpose of rehearsal only. They may not ...

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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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Want to receive reminders about the Festival – what is happening, deadlines, opening/closing of applications, etc?

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.

You can have these messages arrive as txt messages to your phone or/and to a Twitter account if you have one.

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