About the project

Together, Wellington City Council, Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra plan to strengthen and redevelop the Wellington Town Hall and link it through dynamic architecture to adjoining buildings.

Disclaimer: Designs for the national music centre are still in the early stages of a consultation process; the design depicted in this animation is not final.

As well as providing a much-needed home for the University’s New Zealand School of Music and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, this complex will become a national space for musical innovation and public engagement.

Bringing together the new talent of young musicians in the University’s New Zealand School of Music with the professional mastery of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra will enable an outstanding education and professional development opportunities for the next generation of Wellington students.

Jazz and classical performance students, voice artists and instrumentalists, composers, sonic artists, musicologists, technology developers, and music therapists will all enjoy opportunities for engagement within the same facilities. In this way, the national music centre will provide a seeding ground for ideas and inspiration, while giving a major boost to New Zealand’s music scene.

Importantly, the centre will create new possibilities for community engagement, with exciting events, festivals, outreach activities, and space hireage.

It will consolidate Wellington’s reputation as a centre of creativity and culture in the Asia–Pacific region.

Christopher Blake, Chief Executive NZSO

Christopher Blake QSO, former Chief Executive, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Bringing together the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and New Zealand School of Music will produce a huge range of opportunities and benefits for musicians, students, and audiences. A centre with industry-standard recording facilities will make it even more attractive for film studios to use the orchestra, boosting our contribution to Wellington’s economy.