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
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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 […]


Collaboration. It is a well-used word in performing arts vernacular, and rightly so. You’d be hard pressed to find live performances that haven’t required some collaborative element in the journey to the stage. In and of itself chamber music is collaboration – between the players themselves, between the composer and the players, between the players and the presenters. So […]


Today Chamber Music New Zealand’s Marketing and Communications Assistant, Candice de Villiers, blogs about sharing the chamber music love through video! … At social situations, when meeting people for the first time, it isn’t uncommon for the following scenario to play out: Them – “What do you do Candice? Me – “I work at Chamber […]


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