Our members self-empower through education and inclusion opportunities we provide. Our programs remove financial and social barriers that might otherwise prevent our youth from pursuing a passion for violin, viola, cello or double bass.

The links between learning a musical instrument, personal growth, mental & physical well-being, and academic success are well established. Through our programs we equip our members with real skills for life, like teamwork, discipline, continuous improvement, confidence and self-belief. 

What our youth and whanau enjoy through membership is:

  • Making lifelong friends
  • They learn self discipline through studying and practicing,
  • They learn teamwork through rehearsing and performing together
  • Build confidence through solo recitals, exams and concert performances
  • Strong sense of self worth and value through teaching others
  • A love of community through performing for other groups who care for our vulnerable

Well over 300 students from Porirua East come through our programs each year. We run classes in 10 decile 1 & 2 schools. We run after school sessions, and evening orchestra rehearsals. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we are also able to offer tuition to selected students on an individual basis.

The highlight of every year are our orchestra trips where we treat our senior musicians on a performance tour where we travel and perform all over the country. This gives us a chance to showcase their musical achievements and bring classical music performance to rural and urban Aotearoa. All the way from Cannons Creek Porirua.

All of our concerts are free, as we also believe that everybody should have the opportunity to enjoy music in some form, to nourish their soul. We do have a open violin case to accept any koha.

Our programmes

The Virtuoso Strings Charitable Trust runs a comprehensive, holistic, free music scheme, including a community orchestra, based in Cannons Creek Porirua. We truly believe that music education has far reaching impacts, and should be accessible for all. We aim to ensure that every student is catered to, no matter how diverse their needs. The links between learning a musical instrument, personal growth, mental & physical wellbeing, and academic success have been well established. Through providing music tuition and opportunities to engage cooperatively as an orchestra, we equip our students with real skills for life. We witness a tremendous boost to participants' confidence and self-belief. Together we delight in watching younger members of the orchestra grow into dependable, determined, forward-looking,community-minded, self-assured and hard-working teenagers with bright futures. 

Well over 300 students from Porirua East come through our music programmes each year. We run music classes out of 10 partnering decile 1 & 2 schools during the school day; we hold classes after school, and evening orchestra rehearsals several times each week. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we are also able to offer tuition to selected students on an individual basis.

During each school holiday period we hold high intensity Holiday Programmes.

The highlight of every year is the Junior Orchestra trip and the Senior Orchestra tour. Our musicians get a buzz from travelling with their friends around New Zealand to perform at top concert venues. Not only are they are incredibly proud to showcase their musical achievement, but they bring great pride to their whanau and the Porirua community as a whole.

The Virtuoso Strings Orchestra plays at numerous community and cultural events throughout the year, and aims to reach diverse audiences. Almost all of our concerts are free, as we also believe that everybody should have the opportunity to enjoy music in some form, to nourish their soul.

All students are encouraged to perform as often as possible, enter competitions, and sit Trinity College London Music Exams.

We are always striving, always trying to sound better, always working hard to realise our potential. 

We are convinced that a genuinely inclusive approach to music education will lead to significant changes in the Classical Landscape and that as a result, New Zealand instrumental music will be enriched and enhanced.

Our supporters

Our supporters are made up of a plethora of unmasked superheros and we want to thank you all for your on-going financial commitment and encouragement to us!

Tindall Foundation | Creative NZ | Deane Endowment Trust | The Wright Family Foundation

Thanks to our sponsors for your support and belief in us