News and events

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

Upcoming events

NZ Festival: Mechanical Ballet

10 March 2018

Featuring musicians/engineers from NZSM, the Mechanical Ballet brings a crowd of mechatronic loudspeakers and percussion instruments to life.

NZ Festival: Star Wars: A New Hope

10 and 11 March 2018

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra will perform the music of Star Wars: A New Hope for a live screening of the original film.

Art Auction at Dunbar Sloane

August 2018 (date TBC)

An art auction will be held at Dunbar Sloane to support the national music centre. For more information, email

An Evening with Simon O'Neill

16 June 2018

Simon O’Neill joins the NZSO to perform Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder and Bruckner's Symphony No. 4 in E flat major.

NZSM Orchestra and Big Band Concert

August 2018 (date TBC)

A cross-school collaboration of student talent at the Michael Fowler Centre. Keep up-to-date with NZSM events; email

NZSM-Confucius Institute events

Dates TBC

A collaborative cultural programme of concerts, lectures and masterclasses. Keep up-to-date with NZSM events; email


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.