Our members self-empower through education and inclusion opportunities we provide. Our programmes 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 and physical well-being, and academic success are well established. Through our programmes 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
All of our concerts are free, as we believe that everybody should have the opportunity to enjoy music in some form.
"He taonga rongonui te aroha ki te tangata" - Goodwill towards others is a precious treasure.
The Virtuoso Strings Charitable Trust runs a comprehensive, holistic, free music scheme, including a community orchestra, based in Kenepuru, 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 and 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.
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.
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.
Big thanks to all our supporters! Without you, we can't do what we do.
Tindall Foundation | Creative NZ | Deane Endowment Trust | The Wright Family Foundation | Frimley Foundation | The Gift Trust
And the many other generous community and individual funders.