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Keep up to date with the latest news around the national music centre and find out about upcoming events.


Find out what you can expect to hear at the new national music centre with these events from the New Zealand School of Music—Te Kōkī and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

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Wellington Town Hall construction continues

5 May 2020

Wellington Town Hall strengthening and upgrade is back in action following a mandatory pause during the alert level 4 lockdown for COVID-19 response.

In harmony: The NZSO players teaching NZSM students

3 December 2019

When the NZSO and NZSM move into the new national music centre, it won’t be the first time the two institutions will work together.

NZSO bass trombonist celebrates his first year as NZSM teaching fellow

3 December 2019

Since the beginning of 2019, Shannon Pittaway of the NZSO has been making a big contribution as Head of Brass and Wind at NZSM.

NZSM brings together cinema and live orchestra for showcase

3 December 2019

NZSM recently celebrated the achievements of its film composition students and graduates at a Film Scoring Showcase, hosted by the Roxy Cinema in Miramar.

NZSO launches its 2020 season

3 December 2019

The NZSO’s all-star 2020 line-up features a multi-Grammy Award winner, a virtuoso YouTube sensation, and an internationally acclaimed young Kiwi conductor.

NZSO National Youth Orchestra celebrates 60 years of music making

3 December 2019

The NZSO National Youth Orchestra has a long history of including students from Victoria University of Wellington and, since its formation, the NZSM.

Bloom 2019: A botanical soundscape

3 December 2019

Dr Thomas Voyce, Composition lecturer at NZSM, writes about the recent collaboration between NZSM and the Wellington Botanic Garden.

Three young Wellington musicians scoop national prizes

30 August 2019

Three young NZSM musicians have been awarded Alex Lindsay Awards by the NZSO.

National music centre fundraising effort hits $18 million

1 August 2019

Fundraising for the planned national music centre in Wellington’s Te Ngākau Civic Square is well on track, with the total now at $18 million.

James Judd: An enthusiastic supporter

29 July 2019

James Judd, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Music Director Emeritus, explains why he is excited about the national music centre.

Adam Foundation gift to support national music centre

21 June 2019

Victoria University of Wellington and the NZSO have received a $4 million funding boost from the Adam Foundation to support the national music centre project.

National centre of music secures Te Ngākau Civic Square building

17 June 2019

Victoria University of Wellington has signed an agreement with Wellington City Council that will see 101 Wakefield St become part of the national music centre.

Gamelan and dance fills the Hub

16 April 2019

On 22 March, the Hub at Victoria University of Wellington came alive with gamelan and dance for NZSM's third annual ‘Night Hub’ event.

Bringing the world to Wellington

4 April 2019

The NZSO has a captivating selection of Wellington concerts in the coming months featuring top international names, and programmes that will appeal to everyone.

Music From Her Festival

31 October 2018

NZSM presented Music From Her, a festival to celebrate, support and encourage diverse voices of women working in music in New Zealand.

NZSO announces its 2019 season

26 September 2018

The NZSO has unveiled its first concerts for 2019. The centrepiece will be performances of every Beethoven symphony, conducted by Music Director Edo de Waart.

Wellington's national music centre an etching closer to its multi-million fundraising goal

14 September 2018

The campaign to link the community with music is a step closer after an Art Auction that's expected to raise $50,000 for Wellington's national music centre.

Victoria University of Wellington favours leasing Municipal Office Building for national music centre

23 August 2018

Victoria University of Wellington has confirmed its commitment to relocating the University’s world-class music school in central Wellington.

Town Hall closer to becoming a cultural and musical centre

13 August 2018

WCC, NZSO and Victoria University have formally agreed to redevelop the Town Hall as a centre for civic events and as the heart of a national music centre.

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.

National music centre receives Lottery grant

25 June 2018

Plans by Victoria University, the NZSO and WCC to create a national centre of musical excellence in central Wellington have taken another leap forward.

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.