Activities & Projects
In Good-Bye Maoriland, author Chris Bourkes illustrates the centrality of music to New Zealand’s experience of the First World War. Published by Potton & Burton in October 2017.
An evening of music commemorating the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele. Charles Luney Auditorium, Christchurch, 15 October 2017, 3pm.
Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir is proud to premiere a newly commissioned work by New Zealand composer Victoria Kelly, in Auckland and Napier in September and October 2017.
Choral anthems that reflect upon, and commemorate, the contribution made by New Zealand's service men and women, at St Paul's Collegiate School on 25 April 2017.
A concert featuring choral and musical performances commemorating the First World War at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Auckland on 22 April 2017.
NZSO concerts in Auckland and Wellington in May 2017, featuring Gareth Farr's requiem concerto Chemin des Dames, which pays tribute to the soldiers who fell in the First World War.
The Exhibition features forgotten Kiwi songs from the war and tells the stories of the writers and composers. At Blenheim's Millennium Public Art Gallery, 3 February to 19 March 2017.
The City Choir Dunedin and Dunedin Symphony Orchestra come together to perform Karl Jenkins' chorla work The Armed Man at the Dunedin Town Hall on 1 April 2017.
John Psathas and Mathew Knight discuss the locations, ethos and impact of their recent First World War commemorative collaboration, No Man’s Land at MBIE in Wellington on 2 November 2016
The New Zealand premier of John Rae’s ‘Dulce' at the Auckland Jazz Festival.
A concert by the Band of the Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery to commemorate the centenary of the Somme. At Playhouse Theatre, Glen Eden, Auckland on 25 September 2016.
A First World War-era dance extravaganza held at Wanganui Intermediate, Whanganui. 25 June 2016.
A talk by Chris Bourke looking at the musical responses in New Zealand to the First World War. National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, 18 May 2016.
Join Belgian composer Jef Neve for In Flanders Fields, a concert exploring the Belgian experience of the war, and New Zealand's relationship with it, at Auckland Museum on 2 April 2016.
In three concerts at Featherston's Anzac Hall between 27 March and 24 April 2016, you will hear original First World War songs, as featured in the Farewell Zealandia exhibition.
The Dunedin Symphony Orchestra's 2016 season finishes with a programme featuring works that reflect the times of the First World War. Held in the Dunedin Town Hall on 1 October 2016.
Cantando Choir returns to the peaceful setting of Hamilton Gardens on Anzac Day 2016 for a presentation of reflective music and words.
A 70-minute film programme which shows New Zealand’s experience of the First World War.
Part of the 2016 NZ Festival, this concert gives a voice to our First World War's “relicts” – the widows and sweethearts who waved their men goodbye and never saw them again.
Leopard Coachlines Canterbury Brass and The Plainsmen present a remembrance concert at Middleton Grange Performing Arts Centre, Christchurch, on 6 November 2015.
The Christchurch City Choir and Addington Brass join to present a free commemoration concert of First World War songs and music at the Air Force Museum on 15 November 2015.
'Remember' is a concert the Navy Band perform on Remembrance Day, 11 November 2015, at Auckland's Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Classical guitarist Bruce Paine will present a concert at Alberton, Auckland, titled "Duty and Delight" and inspired by Gallipoli war texts, on 21 November 2015.
Soprano Madeleine Pierard joins The Choir of Wellington Cathedral of St Paul in Wellington to present a concert commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Chunuk Bair on August 8 2015.
The Handel Quire present an evening of sublime music and readings (poems, letters etc) to commemorate the centenary of the Great War at St Andrew's Church in Pukekohe on 5 July 2015.
World premier of new jazz piece written by John Rae and featuring Scottish pianist Brian Kellock with New Zealand bassist Patrick Bleakley at the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival 2015
The Handel Quire present an evening of sublime music and readings to commemorate the centenary of the Great War. Held at Auckland's Pitt St Methodist Church on 4 July 2015.
Cantores Choir (OUSA) with orchestra and percussion presents a collection of songs, texts and sounds covering numerous aspects of war, at the Dunedin Railway Station, 24 May 2015.
Remembering 100 years of Gallipoli, the Unity Singers will present favourites from the First and Second World Wars in the variety concert at Pahiatua's: Regent Theatre, 17 May 2015.
Peninsula Players offer a short one-act play followed by Showstoppers, with a selection of Music-Hall favourites as our tribute to the centenary of the First World War. 1-3 May 2015.
Dancing to classic tunes, community choir singing wartime favourites and afternoon tea at Woodville's Holy Trinity Hall on 26 April 2015. Feel free to come dressed up in period costume.
Nelson City Brass warmly invites you to celebrate and commemorate the spirit of Anzac through music at Theatre Royal Nelson on 25 April 2015.
Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra and Cantando Choir present a moving programme on the centenary of the ANZAC landings in Gallipoli. At Hamilton's Founders Theatre, 25 April 2015.
This concert of wartime favourites on 19 April 2015 is our tribute to the Gallipoli centenary and part of Coromandel's celebrations taking place during the week leading up to Anzac Day.
The Auckland Symphony Orchestra presents a tribute concert featuring orchestral favourites, spoken word, wartime songs and commemorative music at the Aotea Centre, 19 April 2015.
A free concert performed by The Band of the Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery marking the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign. At Titirangi War Memorial Hall on 19 April 2015.
Based on personal accounts from the First World War era, this powerfully evocative play tells the stories of ordinary New Zealanders who enlist and travel overseas. In Blenheim, 18-24 April 2015.
Remembering two world wars through: music, poetry, diaries and a miraculous escape. Don't miss this free event at Taupō Public Library on 16 April 2015.
An Anzac Centenary tribute concert, featuring the West City Concert Band. Performing at the Mt Albert War Memorial Hall on 26 April 2015.
On 22 April 2015 Ukrainian concert pianist Roman Rudnytsky returns to Auckland's PumpHouse to play a special one-off commemorative concert in honour of the fallen.
The Dunedin RSA Choir will be presenting its Anzac revue at the Dunedin Town Hall on Anzac Day, 25 April 2015.
ANZAC Reflections, Memoirs and Memories, presenting a special programme of beautiful music and readings commemorating those who have given their lives, and reflecting on the effects of war.
Auckland City Brass invite the community to attend an Anzac Family Concert at St Lukes Church (Remuera) followed by supper on 17 April 2015.
New Zealand Red Cross is celebrating 100 years of Red Cross activity in New Zealand with a sing-a-long of First World War songs at Wellington's Cathedral of St Paul on 2 May 2015.
Porirua Little Theatre & Trust Porirua City Brass present a musical to commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli campaign at the PopUp Porirua Little Theatre, 22 April - 2 May 2015.
Dulce et Decorum est is a new project by jazz composer John Rae inspired by New Zealand war poetry written by returning First World War soldiers.
Marking the Gallipoli centenary, and celebrating the enduring spirit of ANZAC, the Royal New Zealand Navy Band presents a concert at the Auckland Town Hall on 30 March 2015.
Christchurch icons Woolston Brass and the Christchurch City Choir bring 'Gallipoli 100 - ANZAC Remembered 2015' to Charles Luney Auditorium on 25 April 2015.
The Unity Singers present a collection of favourites from the First and Second World War at Palmerston North's Regent on Broadway, Sunday 10 May 2015.
The St. Alban's Community choir will perform a program consisting of First World War-era songs in aid of the Knox Church restoration fund. Held in Christchurch on 22 March 2015.
The Auckland Youth Orchesta's first concert series of 2015, Midsummer Dreams, pays particular reference to Gallipoli. Three dates in Auckland and one in Whitianga, February-March 2015.
Dennis Marsh and Joy Adams present a show of great country music, war songs, nostalgia and loads of fun at Tuakau's LaValla Chapel Theatre between 21 and 28 April 2015.
Marlborough Brass Bandsman Denis Teeling is sounding the Last Post for 100 days from 15 January until 24th April 2015, each evening at 1800 hours at the Blenheim Cenotaph in Seymour Square.
Summon the Heroes is the theme of NZ National Youth Brass Band's 2015 Tour around the South Island in January 2015, marking the forthcoming 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli.
A concert of music, visual art, and readings in commemoration of the first Anzac Day. 23 April 2015 at St Matthew's Anglican Church in Hastings.
A concert at Wellington's St Andrews on the Terrace on 12 Jan 2015 featuring works commemorating the centenary of the First World War.
This screening is the Wurlitzer Organ Trust of Auckland's small contribution to the commemorations of the First World War. At Auckland's Hollywood Cinema on 25 April 2015.
This concert at Auckland's Hollywood Cinema on 26 April 2015 features music from some of the darkest days in our history, including the First World War.
The Upper Hutt Brass Band, Upper Valley Singers, and Wainuiomata Choir commemorate the First World War at Expressions Arts & Entertainment Centre with The Armed Man on 16 and 26 April 2015.
A weekly reading of First World War stories, letters and diaries with music from the era. Saturday afternoons at 12.30, on Otago Access Radio 105.4FM and 1575AM.
St George's Choral presents Haydn's Mass in Time of War as part of Thames' First World War commemorations on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 November 2014.
This concert by the RNZN Band pays tribute to New Zealand’s past and present. Performing at Auckland's Holy Trinity Cathedral on Tuesday 11 November.
Sisters in Arms is a rollercoaster through vitality and colour, tenderness and grief, drawn from the writers’ own great-grandmothers' experience. In Nelson, 18 - 19 October 2014.
The Auckland Youth Symphonic Band perform music from the First World War at Auckland's Playhouse Theatre on Sunday 2 November.
The Aorangi singers join Ensemble Polymnia for a Bach concert which includes three First World War poems. 29 November in Parnell's Holy Trinity Cathedral.
An album featuring a performance and recording of Matthew Everingham's 'Tribute', a First World War memorial song cycle based on texts by Wilfred Owen. Released 19 September 2014.
The Take Note Singers lead a First World War singalong around the piano at Expressions Arts & Entertainment Centre, Upper Hutt. Sunday 14 September 2014.
Music and poetry inspired by the First World War. Premiere of a song cycle by Ross Harris and Poet Laureate Vincent O'Sullivan. 28 August 2014, Old St Pauls, Wellington.
A festival of music performances to commemorate the beginning of the First World War and the annexation German Samoa on 29th of August in 1914. Auckland Museum, 30-31 August 2014.
Sāmoan bass-baritone James Ioelu, pianist Richard Liu and trumpet player Bill Stoneham perform song cycles from composer Janet Jennings. Auckland Museum, 31 August 2014.
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra concert that presents three pieces permeated equally with the joy of life and the experience of battle. 30 October 2014, 8 pm.
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra concert commemorating the centenary of the start of the First World War. Thursday 13 March 2014, 8 pm.
A concert of jazz songs from the First World War and beyond. Aratoi - Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, Masterton. 10-11 October 2014.
A commemorative concert by the Dunedin RSA Choir. Dunedin Town Hall, Dunedin, 3 August 2014.
Music from the First World War and beyond with Christchurch Singer/songwriter June Burney & guest artists. Northcity Church, Christchurch City, 4 August 2014.
No Man’s Land brings together the descendants of opposing forces in the First World War and reunites them in friendship and musical solidarity. Touring in March 2016.
Memorial concert to commemorate the First World War, its impact on the Oamaru District and the Oamaru Garrison Band of the day. April 2015.
The Graduate Choir NZ, under its conductor Terence Maskell, presents a programme of choral music in the Auckland War Memorial Museum's Sanctuary on 4 August 2014 at 7.30 pm.
Farewell Zealandia: Forgotten Kiwi Music of World War One explores a selection of music written by New Zealanders from 1914 to 1918.
A choral music concert held on Friday 25 April 2014, 5.00pm, at the Auckland Town Hall.
Commemorate Anzac Day 2014 with friends and family at the Otago Museum. Enjoy toe-tapping, First World War-inspired entertainment followed by a cup of tea and an Anzac biscuit or two.
Commemorating the centenary of the First World War with works by Ravel and Vaughan Williams which evoke feelings of pain and loss, as well as peace. 29 March 2014, Dunedin Town Hall.
Music for the 2014 season, influenced by acts of human violence throughout history; each a moving tribute to our humanity. Features Górecki’s sorrowful 3rd symphony. 2-3 May 2014.
A concert held on Anzac Day (Friday 25 April 2014, 2.30 pm) in the Hamilton Gardens Pavilion, featuring the premiere performance of "A Call to Arms", composed by David Hamilton.
The APO present a concert created by four composers who have produced new music in response to letters (held at Auckland Museum) written by NZ soldiers during the First World War. 25 May 2015.
Taupo Choral Society wish to perform a community concert with all music groups in Taupo to commemorate the First World War Centenary. At the Great Lake Centre Oct/Nov 2014.
Enjoy music and poetry in a concert that commemorates the centenary of the First World War. 24 July 2014, Auckland Town Hall.
New work being premiered in the New Zealand Festival on 28 February 2014, composed by Ross Harris, poetry by Vincent O'Sullivan and Taonga Puoro by Horomona Horo.