Chamber music delivers a unique experience of music that is up-close, personal, immersive and created for sharing. And we want to share it with all New Zealanders. We’re not afraid to take the concert out of the concert hall — exploring non-traditional performance spaces to break down barriers associated with classical music. We want to meet new audiences on their turf, on their terms.

We’re constantly evolving opportunities to introduce the art-form to new ears, as well as fostering emerging musical talent, and innovating through exciting collaborations with other art-forms and organisations. Delivering education and participation in chamber music through our Outreach Programme, we provide coaching to developing musicians and a commitment to schools and communities with limited arts opportunities.


CMNZ launches it’s series of FREE education concerts along with our upcoming Another Night in Vienna tour in December. These concerts are 50 minutes long and aimed at children in years 3-6.

A concerts will be presented in Napier at the MTG Century Theatre on the 10th of December, 1pm


The concert features seven players involved of which three are young players either in their last year of high school or first year of university. The other four are professional musicians who play with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra or the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. The show also includes actor Andrew Laing (ex Shortland Street) who will be present the show – guiding you through the various aspects of the concert. The group is (musically) made up of string players, including two violins, two violas, two cellos and a double bass.

The musicians will demonstrate and show you the unique characterisation of their instruments through pieces representing animals such as a swan, an elephant and even a chicken. They will also explore the relationship between music and dance through interesting pieces – some of which might be very familiar.

There will be lively spoken introductions, opportunities for audience participation and a singalong to Dance Monkey and Pōkarekare ana. We have also created a handy music resource with ideas for making the most of the event ahead of the concert. This can be downloaded below.

With the generous support of local sponsors, we are able to offer free transportation for schools and community groups to access the concerts in all four centres.

Places are limited so let us know by filling out the form below if you are interested, including number of students.

This year’s education concerts are made possible with generous support from