The Kapiti Concert Orchestra was established in 2004 with professional conductor Kenneth Young as Principal Conductor.
We are 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.
Kenneth Young conducts one concert a year for us. For the other two concerts the Kapiti Concert Orchestra selects conductors for their high musical skills, friendly personalities and ability to teach.
We are an amateur orchestra aiming for professional standards. Any shortcomings in musical skill are overcome with enthusiasm and commitment.
One of our purposes is to encourage young musicians as players, conductors and soloists and we frequently draw on the New Zealand School of Music to this end. We like to give talented young players the opportunity to perform as soloists with the Kapiti Concert Orchestra, particularly if they are Kapiti 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 St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Paraparaumu, the Paraparaumu College Auditorium and the Waikanae Memorial Hall. We plan in future to vary our venues within the Kapiti Coast.
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