Sue Jane -- CMNZ Programme Co-ordinator, Education and Outreach

The Chamber Music NZ office team is a vibrant and busy one filled with people who love music. So, unsurprisingly, life outside of work is often filled with music. Case and point is our fabulous Education and Outreach Co-ordinator, Sue Jane, who not only plays violin in the Tawa Community Orchestra but also volunteers for […]

Haley (left) and I checking out the snare drum at the touch tour before the concert. (Photo Credit: Andi Crown Photography)

In September Chamber Music New Zealand ran our very first audio described concert in Auckland which featured music for two pianos and percussion (Rhythm & Resonance). Musicians Diedre Irons (piano), Michael Endres (piano), Thomas Guldborg (percussion) and Lenny Sakofsky (percussion) performed Mozart’s Sonata in D for Two Pianos K448, Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin for two marimbas, Bartók’s Sonata for Two […]

Contest Alumnus and cellist, Lavinnia Rae

The first weekend of August is a big one for secondary school chamber music students as it is the National Finals of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest. This year the National Finals took place in Christchurch and were packed full of music and excitement. In addition to the top 12 groups taking part and being […]


The months of June, July and August are always packed full of secondary school chamber music activity here in NZ. These are the months that Chamber Music New Zealand holds the annual NZCT Chamber Music Contest. Next year the event celebrates its 50th and so CMNZ is spending plenty of time connecting with contest alumni […]

L to R: Karlo Margetic (composed Sinnet), Tabea Squire (composed Jet-Lag) and Natalie Hunt (composed Matariki and data Entry Groove)

Candice from Chamber Music New Zealand explores some new New Zealand music in this week’s blog post… It’s May and here in the land of the long white cloud May means it is NZ Music Month. I love that chamber music continues to be a genre that inspires many of our kiwi composers. At the […]

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Continuing our guest blogging series – “From where I sit“, we asked clarinettist Mark Walton to share his first memories of two profound works: The clarinet quintets by Brahms and Mozart… For clarinet players, the Mozart and Brahms Quintets are sacred. Every phrase is embedded in our hearts. Not only do these masterworks have pride […]

Douglas Lilburn, 1945
Watercolour, 444 x 336mm
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, on loan from the Rita Angus Estate

Playwright, columnist and former musician Dave Armstrong talks about one of New Zealand’s greats – iconic composer Douglas Lilburn… Having been a classical trumpet player in my youth, I am familiar with the work of Douglas Lilburn. After all, he is probably New Zealand’s best-known classical composer. I played in his Third Symphony and the ubiquitous […]


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