The Kāpiti Concert Orchestra is an amateur orchestra, providing a warm and welcoming environment in which young players can have an opportunity to gain orchestral skills, in which practising musicians and people wanting to return to orchestral playing can participate and where newcomers of all ages can give it a go.
The permanent members of the orchestra range in age from 14 to over 70, and we normally perform with an orchestra of 35 to 40 players.
We perform three concerts per year. Our Resident Conductor, Donald Armstrong – Associate Concertmaster of the NZSO, conducts one concert per year. For the other two concerts the Kāpiti Concert Orchestra selects conductors for their high musical skills, friendly personalities and ability to teach.
We are an amateur orchestra aiming for professional standards.
One of our purposes is to encourage young musicians as players, conductors and soloists. We like to give talented young players the opportunity to perform as soloists with the Kāpiti Concert Orchestra, particularly if they are Kāpiti musicians.
We plan ahead to make our three concerts a year of varying natures, to appeal to a wide range of audiences.
Our concerts have to date been held in various locations, now mostly in Te Raukura ki Kāpiti, and the Ōtaki Memorial Hall.
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