A national centre of musical excellence

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 a restored and strengthened Wellington Town Hall at its heart, and the redevelopment of adjacent buildings, the new centre will be home to Victoria’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.

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An exceptional opportunity

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, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the city and its people.

About the project

Exciting moment for Victoria University

"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

Your Wellington Town Hall

We all have a memory or two of the Old Town Hall. Visit our blog and share your stories of the jewel in Wellington’s crown.

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Bringing the Town Hall back to life

"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

Making this vision a reality

Victoria 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.

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A bold and exciting collaboration

"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