The Nelson School Of Music has a long history of supporting, choirs, orchestras and ensembles in the Nelson community.
Our support is somewhat restricted whilst the main venue is closed, but we are happy to list here performance groups you may be interested in. Please contact them directly.
NELSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Since its reformation in the 1960s under the late Frank Oxley the Nelson Symphony Orchestra (NSO) has performed varied concert programmes.
The NSO consists of a pool of committed and dedicated orchestral musicians from throughout the Nelson region. The orchestra performs a wide repertoire containing pieces from the traditional orchestral canon to twentieth century works.
NSO is Nelson’s longest standing resident classical performing arts ensemble, providing four or five regular and varied concerts annually. It provides a platform for residents with orchestral skills and a learning environment for younger high-achieving players. The NSO also brings first class musicians to conduct and perform with the orchestra.
NELSON CIVIC CHOIR
The Nelson Civic Choir dates back more than 100 years. Originally known as the Nelson Harmonic Society, it changed its name to School of Music Choir after it adopted the School of Music as its base. In 1988 the choir was given its present name, and in 2004 the choir became an incorporated society.
The choir welcomes singers of all ages who love classical pieces, can read music and, preferably, have had some choral experience. We especially welcome male singers as we tend to have a preponderance of ladies. The year 2001 saw a dramatic increase in choir numbers with singers increasing from 20 to over 70, which roughly represents its numbers at present.
The increase in the size of the choir has each year enabled the performance of large, exciting and challenging works such as Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, the Brahms Requiem and Jenkins’ The Armed Man. Nelson-based soloists and instrumentalists have often been supplemented by nationally recognized performers supporting the accompanying orchestra. These musicians positively contribute to the quality of the music produced. Nelson audiences appreciate the rare experience of being able to hear major works with highly talented performers.
For more information or to join the choir please visit the Nelson Civic Choir website.
NELSON MALE VOICE CHOIR
The Nelson Male Voice Choir was founded in 1932 by a group of keen amateur singers in Nelson and gave its first concert at the Nelson School of Music on April 26th, 1933.The Choir has played a strong role in the city's musical history ever since.
Today the Choir gives concerts for its loyal supporters several times every year. It also leads the singing at civic occasions such as Anzac Day and Blessing of the Fleet and has given lots of local guest artists and young talent the opportunity to perform in front of a large audience.
The choir can call on a vast repertoire of traditional songs, light classics, show tunes and contemporary favourites to delight our audiences.
Website - www.nelsonmalechoir.com and on Facebook
The Greenhill Orchestra is an adult community orchestra providing an orchestral playing opportunity in a relaxed and encouraging environment. The orchestra is conducted by Joel Bolton
The repertoire ranges from light to classical and includes arrangements, as well as original versions, of mostly well known pieces. Orchestral weekend workshops and collaborations with other orchestras in 2 - 3 concerts per year are also included.
To find out more information or join the orchestra, please fill out our Student Enquiry form.