Holiday Course

The Holiday Course is a vital part of the preparation of the Representative Groups for the Festival. Because so much work takes place during this Holiday Course, attendance is compulsory – you MUST be able to attend EVERY day of the course – there can be NO exceptions to this.

Each day, you will be taken through the pieces being prepared for the Festival. You may spend some time learning parts in sectional rehearsals and choir members will be taught any movements. New music may be introduced that you have not seen previously. During these three days, an enormous amount of fine-tuning goes into every piece – so be ready for some hard work, and be ready to do some rehearsal at home in the evenings in preparation for the next day.

2018 Dates

1st October – 3rd October inclusive, the first three days of the first week of the Spring Holidays (end of Term 3).

Start times

Junior & Senior Choirs: Report by 8.45am for 9.00am start
Orchestra and Concert Band: Report at 8.45am to set up and tune for 9.00am start.

Finish times

Junior & Senior Choirs 2.30pm, Orchestra : 2.30pm
Concert Band: 12.30pm


Concert Band – Burnside High School, Music Dept
All other groups – Avonhead School, Avonhead Road, Avonhead

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What to wear and bring

What to wear: Tidy, casual
What to bring: Your instrument and music (if any), a snack to eat at the morning break, your lunch (if you are in the choirs or the orchestra), a pencil, a bottle of water.
What NOT to bring: Please do not bring gum and/or sweets to the Holiday Course.


There is a Morning Tea break and a Lunch break, both of 30 minutes. You will be required to remain in the school for these – you are not allowed to leave the premises to buy your food, so make sure that you remember to bring your snack and/or lunch with you.

We require the assistance of teachers or of parents of children attending the Holiday Course to help supervise the children during their two 30-minute breaks on each day of the course.  More details…