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Christchurch Arts Festival


The Christchurch Arts Festival is just around the corner, featuring over 50 events from 30 August – 17 September.

This year sees the biggest international line-up ever, with artists coming from places as diverse as China, Mexico, Denmark, the UK, South Korea, Sweden, Germany, Australia and our own home-grown talent.

Go wild with a varied programme of dance, music, spoken word, visual art, theatre and comedy – find it all at Arts Festival!

Student prices have now been introduced for festival opening night performance Play On at the Isaac Theatre Royal on Wednesday 30 August, a musical imagining of Shakespeare’s soliloquies featuring a roll call of high profile NZ musicians. Read more>

There will also be limited $20 Student Rush tickets available from 30 minutes prior to selected performances, upon presentation of valid student ID. Performances with Student Rush tickets available will be posted on the Christchurch Arts Festival Facebook page.

The UC School of Music have two events as part of the Arts Festival:

Oresteia Experience on Sunday 10 September – A specially curated tour of UC’s Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities and the Logie Collection sets the scene for the New Zealand premiere of Iannis Xenakis’ operatic take on Aeschylus’ Oresteia at the Great Hall, The Arts Centre.
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Virtuosity Series – a series of three concerts at the School of Music Recital Room, The Arts Centre:
Virtuosity of Sound – Thursday 31 August
Virtuosity of Percussion – Monday 4 September
Viola/Violin Virtuoso – Sunday 17 September.
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The Arts Festival also pays homage UC legend Ernest Rutherford in Ernest Rutherford: Everyone Can Science! at the Great Hall, (The Arts Centre) 14 – 16 September, in which Ernest (played by Nic Sampson) gives his first lecture in over 70 years.

See Xenia Pestova perform live in July

During July, the School of Music is delighted to host internationally renowned performer Xenia Pestova. Xenia will be taking part in a number of events while she is here including New Music Central, the School of Music’s weekly concert series. During this concert Xenia will be performing works by UC Head of School of Music, Glenda Keam, as well as other internationally celebrated composers Ed Bennett & Miriama Young.

Photo: Chris Webb

Xenia appears at UC courtesy of Chamber Music NZ, she is currently touring with Chamber Music New Zealand as part of their 2017 Encompass Series.

This will be the premiere performance of Glenda’s work, ‘Mind Springs’. The initial images that preceded the composition of ‘Mind Springs’ work were of water springing and bubbling from the ground, and New Zealand’s geysers with their accompanying babbling flow of mineral-laden water that over time build sinter structures and pathways. But as the piece took form it became clear this was not made of bold, grand explosions but rather a more contemplative series of leaps that were inward-looking.

Another work in the programme, by Miriama Young, invites the audience to engage with the electronic part for the piece, which can be streamed during the concert performance via an interactive smartphone app. The App with its embedded audio is available for free download from the iOS App Store or Google Pay, by searching for ‘SyncSound’. Once downloaded, follow the downbeat of the pianist to press ‘play’. The downloading and use of this app during the concert is entirely voluntary.

You can see Xenia Pestova at the following events:

Composition Workshop with Ed Bennett

  • Monday July 17 at 3.30-5pm
  • Recital Room UC Arts, The Arts Centre of Christchurch, 3 Hereford Street.

New Music Central featuring the premier of Glenda Keam’s ‘Mind Springs’

  • Monday July 17 at 7-9pm
  • Recital Room UC Arts, The Arts Centre of Christchurch, 3 Hereford Street.

Watch Xenia performing Chaandanee (Egidija Medeksaite).


Audition for UC Consortia Chamber Choir

Do you want to be a part of Consortia: The University of Canterbury Chamber Choir 2017? 
Directed by Susan Densem, well-known throughout Australasia as a professional singer, choral conductor and voice teacher, Consortia is a choir that is going places. You could even earn points towards your degree for being a part of it! (Check MUSA 190 This is an auditioned choir, open to students and non-students.

Contact for more information or to apply now:music@canterbury.ac.nz

Applications due by Wednesday 22 February

We’re currently updating our official webpage. In the meantime, click here to “like” the Consortia Facebook page and stay up-to-date! .