The Contest is an iconic secondary school musical event held annually throughout the country in June. It celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015, and we’re looking forward to another 50 years of inspiring youth music-making and to celebrate the fantastic musicians and composers that have launched their careers through the Contest.

This is the perfect opportunity for young musicians, regardless of standard or experience, to compose and to perform chamber music and strive towards excellence.

DISTRICT ROUNDS

NORTHERN REGION

  • Northland
    4 JUNE
  • Waikato
    4 JUNE
  • Auckland
    5-9 JUNE
  • Bay of Plenty
    10 JUNE
  • Taranaki
    11 JUNE

CENTRAL REGION

  • Hawke’s Bay
    6-7 JUNE
  • Wellington
    8-9 JUNE
  • East Coast
    11 JUNE
  • Manawatu
    11 JUNE
  • Whanganui
    12 JUNE

SOUTHERN REGION

  • Southland
    6 JUNE
  • Otago
    8-9 JUNE
  • Nelson/Marlborough
    10 JUNE
  • South Canterbury
    10 JUNE
  • Canterbury
    12-14 JUNE

REGIONAL FINALS

NORTHERN REGION

22

JUNE

Auckland

CENTRAL REGION

22

JUNE

Napier

SOUTHERN REGION

23

JUNE

Christchurch

NATIONAL FINALS

Auckland Town Hall

NATIONAL SEMI-FINALS

2

AUGUST
11.30AM & 4.30PM

NATIONAL FINALS

3

AUGUST
7PM

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We’re pushing the concepts of chamber music to new heights with energising and exciting collaborations sitting side by side with the masterworks of the baroque, classical and romantic. Share with us in this diverse and spirited season of exquisite music.

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