Sunday 24 June 2018

2:30 p.m.
St Andrews on the Terrace

Rachel Hyde conducts the orchestra with a programme featuring Rolf Gjelsten of the New Zealand String Quartet.

  • Dvorak Cello Concerto
  • Brahms Symphony No. 2

Tickets available from eventfinda until 23 June: $19 (full price) / $14 (concession)
Cash sales at the door: $20 (full price) / $15 (concession)
School-aged and younger children free

2018 Season Announced

Term 1 — 8 April, Conductor Donald Maurice

  • Brahms – Tragic Overture
  • Alfred Hill – Piano Concerto (soloist Jian Liu)
  • Richard Strauss – Symphony No.2 in F minor

Term 2 — 24 June, Conductor Rachel Hyde

  • Dvorak – Cello Concerto (solist Rolf Gjelsten)
  • Brahms – Symphony No.2 in D major

Term 3 — 23 September, Conductor Andrew Atkins

Great Romantic Symphonic Poems

  • Borodin – In the Steppes of Central Asia
  • Rachmaninoff – Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
  • Dvorak – The Wild Dove
  • Tchaikovsky – Romeo and Juliet Overture–Fantasia

Term 4 — 9 December, Conductor Ian Ridgewell

  • Finzi – Fall of the Leaf
  • Arutiunian – Trumpet Concerto
  • Stanford – Symphony No.3 in F minor “The Irish”

Sunday 10 December 2017

2:30 p.m.
St Andrew’s on The Terrace (map)

Ewan Clark conducts the orchestra in a programme featuring NZSO Principal Trombone, David Bremner.

  • Lilburn – Suite for Orchestra
  • Tomasi – Trombone Concerto
  • Sibelius – Symphony No 2

Tickets are available online or at the door (cash only).

Ewan writes: “This concert brings together a well-known favourite, Sibelius’s Second Symphony (1901–2), with two wonderful rarities: Henri Tomasi’s Concerto pour trombone et orchestra (1956) and Douglas Lilburn’s Suite for Orchestra (1955). All three are carefully structured works of “absolute music”, yet all three are picturesque and full of vivid evocations, due in no small part to the influence of jazz (in the Tomasi) and folk music (in the Lilburn and especially the Sibelius). There are therefore subtle synergies between these works that allow them to complement one another, despite their varying geographical and historical origins.”

David Bremner has been Principal Trombone of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra since 2002. Prior to this, he was Principal Trombone of the Auckland Philharmonia. He taught trombone at the NZ School of Music for over 10 years. As a soloist, David has performed concertos with the NZSO, including the world premiere of Gareth Farr’s trombone concerto Funambulistic Strains, recorded Lyell Cresswell’s concerto Kaia for Naxos Records, was one of seven featured NZSO Principals in Eve De Castro-Robinson’s The Glittering Hosts of Heaven, and performed Sandstrom’s Double Trombone Concerto with Christian Lindberg. David has recorded with the New Zealand rock band, Crowded House, performed with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, as well as many brass bands across Australasia and the UK.

Sunday 24 September 2017

2:30 p.m.
St Andrew’s on The Terrace (map)

Justin Pearce conducts the orchestra, along with three vocal soloists – Janey MacKenzie, Luka Venter and Cole Hampton. The orchestra is led by Paula Carryer, with a programme of:

  • Mozart – Symphony No 25 in G minor
  • Mussorgsky – Songs from the Nursery
  • Jazz songs – Chattanooga Choo Choo and Skylark
  • Prokofiev – Lieutenant Kije suite

Tickets are available online or at the door (cash only).

Sunday 2 July 2017

2:30 p.m.
St Andrew’s on The Terrace (map)

Andrew Atkins conducts the orchestra, along with James Jin (violin). The orchestra is led by Paula Carryer, with a programme of:

  • Mendelssohn – Overture “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
  • Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto
  • Tchaikovsky – Symphony No.4

Tickets are available online or at the door (cash only).

Derek Holland

The Wellington Chamber orchestra was saddened by the recent death of Derek Holland after a short illness. Derek was a much-loved and valued member of the orchestra; his flute-playing and his musicianship, his quiet leadership and loyal service to the orchestra for the past 15 years will be very much missed.  Derek joined the orchestra in 2005, and has contributed to the orchestra in very many ways, leading the flute section, acting as fixer of the wind section, and as a committee member since  2011. Derek’s quiet serenity, along with his dedication and passion for his instrument have made a lasting impression on his orchestral colleagues.

2017 Season Concerts

We are delighted to announce next season’s concert dates:

Concert 1 
Sunday 9th April
with Rachel Hyde and Liam Wooding (piano)

Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, OP.18
Elgar – Symphony No.1 in A-flat major, Op.55

Concert 2
Sunday 2nd July
with Andrew Atkins (Associate conductor with Orchestra Wellington) and James Jin (violin)

Mendelssohn –  A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Overture, Op. 21
Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op. 36

Concert 3
Sunday 24th September
with Justin Pearce, Janey MacKenzie (soprano) and Luka Venter (tenor)

Mozart – Symphony No.25 in G minor
Mussorgsky – Songs from the Nursery
Prokofiev – Lieutenant Kijé Suite
And more!

Concert 4
Sunday 10th December
with Ewan Clark and David Bremner (trombone)

Lilburn – Suite for Orchestra
Tomasi – Trombone Concerto
Sibelius – Symphony No 2 in D major, Op. 43

All concerts start at 2:30 pm at St.Andrews on The Terrace.

MoU signed with Orchestra Wellington

Orchestra Wellington and the Wellington Chamber Orchestra recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding that sets out the principal points of a new partnership between the two orchestras. The aim of the partnership is to enable OW to fulfill their commitment to support community orchestras, and to strengthen the financial and artistic capacity of the WCO.

The MoU’s principal points are:

  • the engagement of the OW Assistant Conductor to conduct WCO for one term per year;
  • publicity for OW and WCO concerts shared through each other’s communications channels;
  • assisting WCO to apply for grants;
  • enabling WCO players to attend OW dress rehearsals on specified occasions.

Kirsten Mason, General Manager of Orchestra Wellington, and Richard Howarth, President of the WCO, are seen here signing the agreement on September 14 this year.

Orchestra Wellington’s next concert: Nutcracker (featuring Michael Houston in Bartok’s Piano Concerto no 3,  and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet, Act II) is on Saturday October 15. (

2016 Term 4 Concert

2.30pm, Sunday 4th December

St Andrew’s on The Terrace

NZSO’s cello principal, Andrew Joyce conducts and plays the solo. The programme is fun for all ages!

[Meet the orchestra – A concert for children of all ages

  • Gabrieli, Giovanni – Canzon per sonar septimi toni a 8, Ch.171, Sonata Octavi Toni a 12, C.184
  • Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel – Cello Concerto in A major, Wq.172 (H.439)  (solo : Andrew Joyce)
  • Tchaikovsky – Chinese Dance, Dance of the Mirlitons and Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker (suite), Op.71a
  • Prokofiev – Peter and the Wolf narrated by Garry Smith

Poster to download