• Concerts, Conductors and Composers 2023
    Thanks to all the work of Chris Adams as the mentor of the composers for this concert. Thanks also to Eunseong Kim, for the programme design and cover. Thanks to Henk de Groot for filming tonight’s concert
  • Join Christchurch's top young musicians as they transport you from the old world to the new world with a wide range of great music. Hear the full orchestra in the Overture, "Orphee aux Enfers" by Offenbach and the magnificent Dvorak, Symphony No. 9 "From the New World", the string orchestra as they play Boccherini's "Night on the Streets of Madrid" and the Concert Band performing the "Silent Movie Suite" by Martin Ellerby. A wonderful evening of great music by our rangatahi.
  • The CSM Christchurch Youth Orchestra is excited to present their first concert of 2023. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear the most talented young musicians of Ōtautahi in concert.
  • The Best of Classical and Jazz
    The orchestra is sounding amazing.

    A wonderful opportunity to hear the most talented of our young people - join the Christchurch Youth Orchestra and the Christchurch Youth Jazz Orchestra for a fantastic evening of classical and jazz in collaboration. Under CYO conductor Helen Renaud and CYJO Director Lana Law this will be an exciting concert and a great night out. 3 Dec 2022
    Saturday 24th September 2022

    Given the strictures imposed by the pandemic over the last two years, it was a heartwarming occasion for the two South Island Youth Orchestras to combine and present their joint concert in the spacious ambience and vibrant acoustic of the Dunedin Town Hall. The programme was wide-ranging, presenting first performances of New Zealand compositions alongside traditional favourites, showcasing both soloists and the expansive spectrum of the instrumental sections of the youth orchestras.
  • 21 May 2022
    The talented young musicians of the Christchurch Youth Orchestra have been working hard under challenging circumstances to prepare for this exciting concert, their first of 2022. They haven't had many opportunities to perform over these last two years so are really looking forward to presenting this exciting program to a live audience. Come along and show your support

    Under the baton of Helen Renaud, the concert will feature works by Suppé, Chabrier, Sarasate, Bartok, Mackay and will feature movements from the much loved Beethoven 5th Symphony.
  • 24 July 2021
    Join our wonderful young musicians from the UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra for this great concert featuring music by Gershwin, Bernstein, Bruch, Sibelius, Bloomfield and Dvorak. The programme will be conducted by Helen Renaud ably supported by assistant conductors, Henry Nicholson and Matt Harris. The evening's soloist for the Bruch will be Amy McMurdo on cello. Our UC CYO's concert are always full of variety and feature the string orchestra, the concert band, the percussion ensemble as well as the full orchestra. A wonderful evening of music performed by the most talented young musicians in Christchurch.
  • 28 November 2020
    Student composers will conduct their own compositions, other players will be conductors or soloists in concertos by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Haydn and the concert will finish with a very special work, Papanui Rd Overture by NZ composer, John Ritchie.
  • A concert for the whole family, featuring an eclectic programme of music by our talented young musicians. First up is Peter and the Wolf by Serge Prokofiev, a symphonic fairytale for children that introduces them to the instruments of the orchestra through characters of the story.
  • Come and join us for this wonderful concert celebrating the magnificent Enigma Variations by Elgar. Other works on the programme are a premier performance of a piece composed by local composer Mark Menzies, called Canterbury Blue for Concert Band, the stirring Brahms Academic Overture and the beautiful Air by Bach. Conducted by Helen Renaud, this concert is a great opportunity to hear our talented and hard working young musicians in concert.
  • “Bolero”
    Concert Two 2019
    UCCYO presents “Bolero”
    Come and join our talented young musicians, conducted by Helen Renaud, in a concert of wonderful music from around the world. From the beautiful lakes and mountains of New Zealand with Lilburn's Aotearoa Overture to the noisy and bustling streets of Paris in Gershwin's American in Paris.
    The CSM UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra – “Halloween”
    CGHS Auditorium – Saturday 27 October 2018
    Reviewed by Tony Ryan

    I can’t quite put my finger on why familiar classical hits often, as here, come to life in performances by talented young people more than they sometimes do in the hands of seasoned professionals. Could it be a certain sense of discovery that communicates more tangibly to the listener; or maybe that the challenges presented by the technical and musical aspects of the repertoire require a greater degree of commitment and effort than the almost nonchalant, and consequently less engaging, ease that more experienced players sometimes demonstrate? Whatever the case, the Christchurch Youth Orchestra’s Halloween concert proved to be an exceptionally involving experience for the whole audience.
  • “Confessions”
    The CSM UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra – “Confessions”
    Charles Luney Auditorium – Saturday 11 August 2018
    Reviewed by Tony Ryan

    Verdi, Elgar, Holst and Sibelius – great names; great music – and brought to us by young people with a such a sense of exploration and discovery that, somehow, the music speaks freshly in ways that experienced professionals cannot always achieve.
  • Title: “Revolution”
    With special guests Rodger Fox and the NZ School of Music Big Band
    Classical Meets Jazz! Big Band leader, Rodger Fox, and the NZ School of Music Big Band join us as our special guests in an exciting fusion of classical and jazz in great classics such as West Side Story, Take the A Train and Lorde's Royals
  • Our Music, Our Voice
    UC CYO PRESENTS “OUR MUSIC, OUR VOICE” Saturday 2 December Music composed by and conducted by players from the Orchestra.
  • “The Lark Ascending
    UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra presents “The Lark Ascending"
  • “The Storyteller
    UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra presents: The Storyteller
    Sat 20 Aug 2016, 7:30pm–9:30pm
    Old St John's, 320 Hardy Street, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
  • “Origins
    Origins: The UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra Sat 13 May 2017, 7:30pm–9:00pm Oamaru Opera House, 94 Thames St, Oamaru, North Otago
  • “New World
    Christchurch Youth Orchestra ‘New World’ Sat 5 Oct 2013, 8:00pm–9:30pm The Transitional Cathedral, Latimer Square, Christchurch
  • “The Jazz Verses
    The Jazz Verses with the Christchurch Youth Orchestra Sat 4 Aug 2012, 7:30pm Aurora Centre for the Performing Arts, Cnr Greers Rd and Memorial Ave, Burnside, Christchurch
  • Christchurch Youth Orchestra Concert With Luke di Somma Sat 12 Oct 2013, 5:00pm–6:30pm Tekapo Springs, 6 Lakeside Drive, Lake Tekapo, Mackenzie
  • UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra presents “Our Place” Sat 15 Oct 2016, 7:30pm–9:30pm The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts, 156 Armagh Street , Christchurch
  • Jan 31 2009 - The orchestra is visiting the town as part of its Southern Tour which started at the beginning of this week. It has already performed in Oamaru, Invercargill and Stewart Island.

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