• Heather Lewis-Baker performing with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and conductor Ken Young

  • 2016 Christchurch Schools' Music Festival

  • 2016 Christchurch Schools' Music Festival

  • 2016 Christchurch Schools' Music Festival

  • National Concerto 50th Competition "Alumni Concert" - Wilma Smith (Violin); Mark Walton (Clarinet) and Richard Mapp (Piano)

  • L to R: Delvan Lin (Piano - 2nd place); Siyu Sun (Piano -1st place); Matthias Balzat (Instrumental - 1st place); Hyein Kim (Instrumental - 2nd place)

  • The Canterbury Singers performing at The Piano, 17th June 2017

  • The Canterbury Singers performing at The Piano on 17th June 2017

    The Canterbury Singers performing at The Piano, 17th June 2017

  • Cecilian Singers - Christmas Concert 2016 held at the Chinese Methodist Church

  • Newly opened School of Music location in the Arts Centre of Christchurch features staff and students of the School of Music.

  • Apollo String Quartet performs at Nut Point Centre

  • Risingholme Orchestra 2017

  • Jubilate Singers

Welcome to Music Canterbury

The Christchurch Civic Music Council was started in 1941, to continue the work of the Christchurch Festival Committee and was the first of its kind founded in New Zealand.

It began its life as the Canterbury Music Festival Committee but some time after and especially upon incorporation and later registration as a charity it became known by its current official name, Christchurch Civic Music Council Inc.

The organisation comprises Affiliate members who are the lifeblood of Canterbury’s music and related worlds. The council runs the National Concerto Competition and supplies pianos and a harpsichord for concert venues as well as offering scholarships through various trusts etc it administers and/or with which it is connected.

Assistance from the Christchurch City Council was a vital foundation stone at the time it was founded and, thankfully, this close fellowship continues to this day.

In practice, whilst the legal name continues, the term Music Canterbury reflects the scope of the Council’s endeavours and can be regarded as its popular nickname.