News and events

Keep up to date with the latest news around the national music centre and find out what's on.

Upcoming events

Aotearoa Audio Arts Festival

27-29 September 2018

Aotearoa Audio Arts, the first festival of its kind in New Zealand, encompasses live performances, showings of audiovisual works and sound art installations.

NZSO: The Music of Harry Potter

29 September 2018

Australian Christopher Dragon conducts the NZSO performing excerpts of music from all eight Harry Potter films by top composers, including John Williams.

NZSM Orchestra: Three Centuries

2 October 2018

‘Three Centuries’ features NZSM's 2018 Concerto Competition winner, Claudia Tarrant-Matthews, one of the School’s star violinists.

NZSM: Creative Futures 2018

5-6 October 2018

Professor Sally Jane Norman, Director of the NZSM, discusses the contribution of artists to technology development at this event exploring future technologies.

NZSM: Music From Her

9-14 October 2018

A festival celebrating women in music in Aotearoa.

NZSO: Johannes Moser Plays Shostakovich and Solo Recital

13 and 14 October 2018

Cellist Johannes Moser performs Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1. In a separate solo concert Moser will perform three Bach cello suites.

NZSM: Suffrage Songs Recomposed

14 October 2018

Forward, forward, sisters! 1890s' texts made modern by nine female composers.

NZSO: Concert for Kids

19 October 2018

Bring your little ones for a thrilling NZSO orchestral experience. With excerpts from the William Tell Overture, the famous can-can, and much more. Ages 2–6.

NZSO: Shed Series – Projection

19 October 2018

Hamish McKeich conducts the NZSO performing a mix of classic and contemporary music by Mozart, Bartok, Tan Dun, Toru Takemitsu and John Zorn.

NZSM: NZSO Foundation Lars Vogt Piano Masterclass

25 October 2018

The NZSO Foundation presents a piano Masterclass with Lars Vogt.

NZSO: Lars Vogt Plays Mozart

26 October 2018

German pianist and conductor Lars Vogt performs Mozart’s enchanting Piano Concerto and conducts several other pieces.


NZSO announces its 2019 season

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.

Wellington's national music centre an etching closer to its multi-million fundraising goal

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.

Town Hall closer to becoming a cultural and musical centre

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.

Aotearoa Audio Arts—intersecting sound, space and motion

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.

'Papa Minds the Baby': Lullaby Competition

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.

National music centre receives Lottery grant

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.

NZ Best Jazz Artist Award

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.

NZ Festival 2018

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.

Making Light of Time CD a Victoria collaboration

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.

Wu Man concert fills St Mary's of the Angels

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

Viola flash mob targets Te Papa

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.

China Crossing

16 August 2017

Two extraordinary musicians from China wowed in a concert at Victoria’s New Zealand School of Music.

'The Cunning Little Vixen' a stunning success

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.

Fundraising campaign for the national music centre launches

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.

National centre of music will confirm Wellington as capital of culture

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.

Victoria's New Zealand School of Music announces Professor Sally Jane Norman as its new director

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.