Concert Band Weekends

Concert Band Weekends are for musicians of any age, playing level at grade 3 to 4 concert band music/grade 5 exams.  Indulge in three days of music making with a musical director who is famous in New Zealand.  Cost is kept to $60 which includes snacks.  Each weekend starts on Friday at 7pm and ends on Sunday after a concert.

 NZCBA Band Weekend 2019      Christchurch October 4-6

[This is in the middle weekend of the October school holidays]

Venue: Catholic Cathedral College Hall, 62 Ferry Road, Christchurch. This venue is walking distance to restaurants, accommodation and the city centre.

Who: Players of wind, brass, bass guitar and percussion are welcome to register. This weekend brings to together people of all ages from all over New Zealand who share a love of concert band music.

Playing level required: Concert Band Weekend is for players at grade 3 to 4 band music level eg about grade 5+ in exams.   You’ll meet on Friday evening, rehearse throughout the weekend, share a dinner & brunch together, and present a concert at 5pm on Sunday evening. You’ll play music, meet new music friends, confirm friendships with old friends, and have a wonderful weekend working with our MD, Dr Helen Renaud.

Copies of music parts to be played during the weekend will be available on a google drive in early September for all those who have registered and paid.

Cost for the weekend is $60. This includes shared morning and afternoon teas and a pizza dinner. Please pay by mid September to NZCBA bank account. 03-0642-0745055-002 (or 02) [ Include your Initial & Last Name, your Instrument   eg V. Loud Tuba

Register Here:

The Band weekend this October 2019 is run under the auspices of the NZCBA, hosted by the Christchurch School of Music

NZCBA website 

Christchurch School of Music website                            

Queries to Maree Parr:   cell: 027 658 7177

If you are a music educator, you might consider staying on in Christchurch to attend the MENZA ( Music Education NZ Aotearoa) Conference from 7-9 October!

Check it out :

Band Weekend Schedule (this may be subject to slight changes)

Friday October 4           7- 9pm         Registration and play through music

Saturday October 5       9am to 12.30pm         Rehearse

                                          12.30pm                      Lunch provided

                                          1.30- 5pm                    Rehearsal 

                                           5.30pm                        Pizza & beverages (optional)  

                                           7.30pm -9pm              Rehearsal

Sunday October 6         10am                  Brunch at restaurant (tbc) approx. $25

                                         11.30-1.30pm    Sightseeing for those from out of town

                                         2-4pm                  Rehearsal 

                                         5-5.45pm            Concert – black & white dress code

Register now!

Musical Director for Christchurch Band Weekend 2019

Helen Renaud—Conductor

Christchurch bassoonist, saxophonist and conductor, Helen Renaud has been the HOD of Music at Burnside High School, where she now works part time.  She studied bassoon at the Wellington Conservatorium of Music, and Music History at Victoria University of Wellington, before receiving her teaching qualification.   In 2009 she graduated with a Master’s in Music from the University of Melbourne, where she focussed on conducting.  It was here that she was taught by the late Professor John Hopkins OBE, and Richard Gill OAM.  In 2018 Helen graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Doctorate in Musical Arts, looking at rehearsal techniques for high school and youth ensembles.  Dr Renaud was appointed as the Conductor of the UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra in 2016 and leads the UC CYO winds. She has led numerous wind bands at all levels.





Peter Thomas: MD for Band Weekend in Birkenhead June 14. 15 16

Peter Thomas is a  New Zealand based conductor and music educator.  He is Music Director and conductor of the Auckland Symphony Orchestra and Head of Music at Epsom Girls Grammar School. Peter has conducted many bands and orchestras, including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Auckland Youth Orchestra, St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra, Auckland Wind Orchestra and West Michigan University Symphonic Band. Though his repertoire is broad, he feels a particular affinity with Romantic and 20th century works and is particularly passionate about performing new music. Peter graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Auckland sometime last century. As a music educator he inspires his students to strive for excellence, but have fun while doing it – a philosophy which he extends to many other walks of life. His other activities include contract work for NZQA, occasional radio and TV appearances, and directing Remuera Music School.

October 4 – 5 – 6 in Christchurch MD to be advised

Registrations will open about six weeks before each event