Virtuoso Strings Charitable Trust

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Help us continue to provide free instruments, free tuition, free orchestral training and free orchestra tours to students in East Poriura.

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In 2016 and 2017 over 300 Poriura East students participated in free Virtuoso Strings music programmes.

We offer group music tuition during school, small group and individual tuition after school, chamber music coaching, twice-weekly evening orchestra rehearsals, intensive Holiday Programmes and life-changing orchestra tours.

Orchestra members performs at dozens and dozens of community events throughout the year.

In April 2018 we took 60 kids on an orchestra tour to Whanganui, and in July we will take a full busload on a weeklong tour of the South Island with free concerts in Christchurch, Greymouth, Hokitika, Wanaka, Arrowtown and Mosgiel.

Watch real social transformation take place before your eyes as students grow their self esteem, their sense of achievement and their sense of belonging, in an enriching and supportive community environment.

In 2017 Virtuoso String won the overall Arts and Culture Award and the Supreme Wellington Regional Community Award.

In the 2015 Regional Community Awards, Virtuoso Strings won the Supreme Porirua award as well as the overall Wellington Youth and Education award.

Virtuoso Strings founders, Dr Elizabeth Sneyd and Craig Utting were the 2015 Wellingtonian of the Year winners in the Community Service category. They also both received Queen Service medals for services to Music Education.

More about us

We are a registered and incorporated charity (CC50199) established in 2013 and run by a dedicated team of volunteers. We provide free instruments and ongoing free music tuition to students at low decile schools in Porirua East. We have established a vibrant youth and community orchestra in Porirua. We perform at literally dozens of community events each year around Porirua and Wellington. We are 'inclusive' in every sense of the word. We are 100% committed to nurturing the stunning natural talent within the Porirua community. We have an unorthodox, holistic, and fun-loving approach to music education with proven results. Our students enjoy being part of the orchestra 'family', and over time their self-esteem, confidence and achievement soars.

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  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 17 Jul 2019



  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 11 Jul 2019


    Also heard you play at Moore Wilsons and was really impressed. Good luck with your tour. Love what you do x


  • Eva and Glynn Woodbury

    Eva and Glynn Woodbury on 21 Apr 2019


    You are so inspiring!!


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 11 Apr 2019



  • Christine Stewart

    Christine Stewart on 10 Apr 2019



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