News and events

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

Upcoming events

Beethoven & Brahms

18 August 2018

NZSO Music Director Edo de Waart joins forces with Grammy Award winner Augustin Hadelich to present de Waart’s third Masterworks concert for 2018.

Composer-in-Residence Celebration

22 August 2018

In this special annual event, the New Zealand School of Music - Te Kōkī celebrates the Creative New Zealand Composer in Residence programme.

Stravinsky & Rachmaninov

24 August 2018

A double helping of Igor Stravinsky with Symphonies of Wind Instruments and Symphony in Three Movements, followed by Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony.

Cellophonia and Chamber Music Festival

26 August - 2 September 2018

As part of the fabulous Cellophonia and Chamber Music Festival, a number of public concerts will be held. These concerts are free and all are welcome to attend.

Art Auction to support the national music centre

13 September 2018

Victoria University of Wellington and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra present an Art Auction to raise funds for the national music centre.

NZSO: Classical Hits

15 September 2018

NZSO Associate Conductor Hamish McKeich leads the orchestra performing some of the most popular and beloved works of classical music.

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.


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.

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.