A world-class creative quarter will be developed in Wellington’s Civic Square. Join us in creating a national treasure in New Zealand's capital city.
In a unique collaboration between Victoria University of Wellington, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Wellington City Council, a vision is taking shape for a national centre of musical excellence in central Wellington.
With an upgraded and strengthened Wellington Town Hall at its heart, and the redevelopment of adjacent buildings, the new centre will be home to Victoria University of Wellington’s New Zealand School of Music and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. It will provide a foundation for musical performance, education, culture and the arts in Wellington.
This national centre for music will place two leaders in the creative arts in the heart of the city, facilitating the exchange of ideas and innovation between Victoria University of Wellington, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the city and its people.
Exciting moment for Victoria University of Wellington
"This project will enliven the civic centre and bring new audiences for musical activities. It will give our students opportunities to work with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and form other industry connections." — Professor Jennifer Windsor, Victoria University of Wellington
Making this vision a reality
Victoria University of Wellington and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra are embarking on a joint fundraising initiative, seeking support to realise this vision with a comprehensive fundraising campaign led by former Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast CNZM.
"A national music centre will be a real boost for our city, strengthening Wellington’s status as the cultural capital of New Zealand and providing our city with an exciting new attraction." — Wellington Mayor Justin Lester
News and events
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"A purpose-built home will transform the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. We will be able to offer a wider range of performances, recordings and broadcasts. This is a bold and exciting collaboration that will make music accessible to many more audiences." — Christopher Blake QSO, Chief Executive, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra