• 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

  • South Brighton Voices Choir. Left to Right: Accompanist: Caleb Brand Musical Director: Diane Coad

  • South Brighton Voices - Sunday 10th December 2017 singing on World Choral Day

  • CBS Music - Lunchtime Concerts (Girls' and Boys' High Orchestra)

  • CBS Music - Lunchtime Concerts - Rangi Ruru Ensemble

  • Schola Cantorum perform at St Mary's Anglican Church, Timaru on 16th November 2018

  • Schola Cantorum perform at St Barnabas Anglican Church, Christchurch on 8th April 2018.

  • Graeme Wallis (Past President of CCMC) presented with an Honorary Life Membership at the CCMC 78th AGM on Friday 11th October 2019, presented by Margaret Austin (President CCMC)

  • Christchurch City Choir's "Messiah 2019" - Christchurch Town Hall. Photo by Robert Petch

  • The Bicycle Band at the 2019 Strum Strike and Blow

  • Recorders in action at the 2019 Strum Strike and Blow

  • The 2019 NZ winning Hook Line and Singalong Song "Aotearoa no Katoa" by Lucy Summerfield

  • Ukuleles at the 2019 Strum Strike and Blow

  • Schola Cantorum perform in July 2020

  • 2020/2021 National Concerto Competition Semi-Finalists (left to right): Noah Rudd (Auckland), April Ju (Christchurch), Catherine Kwak (Auckland), Enshean Lin (Palmerston North), Ben van Leuven (Lower Hutt) and Hyein Kim (Auckland)

  • 2020/2021 National Concerto Competition Finalists: (left to right) April Ju (Christchurch), Hyein Kim (Auckland) and Catherine Kwak (Auckland)

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.