Virtuoso Strings Charitable Trust

Virtuoso Strings Charitable Trust

Help us continue to provide FREE tuition, after-school & holiday programmes, orchestral training & orchestra tours to Porirua youth.


In the past year alone over 300 Porirua East students have participated in free Virtuoso Strings music programmes.

We offer group music tuition during school, after-school programmes, one-on-one & small group tuition, 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 2019 we took 60 kids on an orchestra tour to beautiful Whanganui, and last month (July) we took a full busload of kids on a memorable trip around Northland with free concerts in Kaikohe, Kaitaia, Kerikeri and Whangarei.

On August 3rd, the Virtuoso Strings Octet won the People's Choice Award playing Craig Utting's 'Goodnight Kiwi' at the National Chamber Music NZ Finals at Auckland Town Hall.

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 Strings 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 have also both received Queen Service medals for services to Music Education, Porirua City Civic Awards as well as NZ of the Year Local Hero awards.

In 2018 Elizabeth was the inaugural New Zealand Music Teacher of the Year.

More about us

We are a registered and incorporated charity (CC50199) established in 2013. We provide free instruments, ongoing music tuition and an after-school programme 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 committed to creating an environment where all youth can feel supported and will thrive. We have an unorthodox, holistic, and fun-loving approach to education with proven results. Our students enjoy being part of the Virtuoso 'family', and over time their self-esteem, confidence and achievement soars.

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Helen on 15 Sep 2021
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Tamara on 02 Jul 2021
THANK YOU for your beautiful performance at Old St Paul's.
annette on 19 Jun 2021
Concert at Parliament tonight hosted by MP Barbara Edmonds wonderful! Nana & Poppa loved seeing Riley & Bella Iasona perform !

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