About Us

The Wellington Chamber Orchestra is an amateur group established in 1972 to:
  • provide an opportunity for members to develop their musicianship and explore the orchestral repertoire;
  • provide affordable family concerts in and around Wellington;
  • provide an opportunity for musicians, particularly young musicians, to perform as soloists, and
  • above all to enjoy the experience of creating live music together

Each term (based on school terms) we rehearse a new programme which is usually performed at St Andrew’s on The Terrace in the heart of Wellington City. Weekly rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings with the concert on a Sunday afternoon at term end.

We are fortunate to engage various guest conductors to provide a range of programmes, styles, and musical experiences.

We are a welcoming orchestra with a size (typically 40–50 members) and composition changing according to each term’s programme. To broaden the repertoire the orchestra also joins with other musical groups on occasion.


Support & Funding

The orchestra is a registered charity which is funded from member subscriptions, concert door takings, and the valued support from various organisations

Like many such organisations, we are dependent on assistance, grants and sponsorship in order to continue to provide a quality educational and cultural service to the community. If you think that you may be able to help support what we are doing, please contact us.