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.