News and events
Keep up to date with the latest news around the national music centre and find out what's on.
13 April 2019
Conducted by NZSO Music Director Edo de Waart, the NZSO and acclaimed South Korean pianist Joyce Yang perform Brahms’ ambitious Piano Concerto No.1.
28 April 2019
The NZSO will take you to a galaxy far, far away with two screenings of the film Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back with live orchestra.
10 May 2019
A selection of classic and contemporary works on the concept of ‘responses’ explored by different composers.
18 May 2019
Sample some Scandinavian delight as Danish maestro Thomas Søndergård, returns to take the NZSO on tour. Featuring acclaimed Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin.
1-3 June 2019
Hosted by the New Zealand String Quartet, this weekend offers chamber music groups expert, professional coaching, culminating in a final concert.
5-7 June 2019
The NZSM Jazz Project takes during the Wellington Jazz Festival and includes a Big Band Competition and Combo Competition for secondary school students.
8 June 2019
Great baroque music from Corelli, Telemann, Vivaldi, and Fux, featuring NZSO Concertmaster Vesa-Matti Leppänen and Section Principal Flute Bridget Douglas.
20 June 2019
Acclaimed German violinist Carolin Widmann performs Stravinsky’s only violin concerto. The concert also features Tchaikovsky’s First Symphony Winter Daydreams.
NZSM students will perform not one, but two operas in 2019 – a double-bill featuring Puccini’s 'Suor Angelica' and 'Gianni Schicchi'.
4 April 2019
The NZSO has a captivating selection of Wellington concerts in the coming months featuring top international names, and programmes that will appeal to everyone.
31 October 2018
NZSM presented Music From Her, a festival to celebrate, support and encourage diverse voices of women working in music in New Zealand.
26 September 2018
The NZSO has unveiled its first concerts for 2019. The centrepiece will be performances of every Beethoven symphony, conducted by Music Director Edo de Waart.
14 September 2018
The campaign to link the community with music is a step closer after an Art Auction that's expected to raise $50,000 for Wellington's national music centre.
Victoria University of Wellington favours leasing Municipal Office Building for national music centre
23 August 2018
Victoria University of Wellington has confirmed its commitment to relocating the University’s world-class music school in central Wellington.
13 August 2018
WCC, NZSO and Victoria University have formally agreed to redevelop the Town Hall as a centre for civic events and as the heart of a national music centre.
13 August 2018
The New Zealand School of Music will hold a festival of experimental performances, live electronic music, audio-visual works and sound installations.
23 July 2018
A competition to write a lullaby, to be gifted to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, has been announced by the New Zealand School of Music—Te Kōkī.
25 June 2018
Plans by Victoria University, the NZSO and WCC to create a national centre of musical excellence in central Wellington have taken another leap forward.
25 June 2018
New Zealand School of Music graduate Umar Zakaria has won the award for his recent release, ‘Fearless Music’, produced in collaboration with other NZSM talent.
19 March 2018
The 2018 NZ Festival took place from 23 February to 18 March. The line-up featured exciting performances from both NZSM and NZSO.
27 October 2017
A CD launching at Victoria University next month represents the fruits of a decade-long partnership between three of New Zealand’s creative masters.
13 October 2017
Visiting international Pipa virtuoso Wu Man and the New Zealand String Quartet performed to a capacity audience of over 400 at St Mary’s of the Angels church in
03 September 2017
To mark the 44th International Viola Congress, violists performed a flash mob at Te Papa led by Professor Donald Maurice of the New Zealand School of Music.
16 August 2017
Two extraordinary musicians from China wowed in a concert at Victoria’s New Zealand School of Music.
16 August 2017
The School's production of Leoš Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen played to full houses for each of its performances at the Hannah Playhouse in July.
3 July 2017
A major philanthropic campaign to create a world-class centre of musical, cultural and educational excellence in the capital city was launched 3 July 2017.
10 May 2017
A world-class national centre of music is a step closer with Victoria University of Wellington's Council unanimously confirming its support for the venture.
12 April 2017
Professor Sally-Jane Norman, a performance and digital arts scholar with a focus on music and sound, is named Director of the New Zealand School of Music.
16 April 2019
On 22 March, the Hub at Victoria University of Wellington came alive with gamelan and dance for NZSM's third annual ‘Night Hub’ event.