Help us continue to provide free instruments, free tuition, free orchestral training and free orchestra tours to students in East Poriura.
As of May 2017, a total of 160 Poriura East students are enrolled in the free Virtuoso Strings music programme.
Members of the Virtuoso Strings Orchestra rehearse twice weekly at Porirua College. Some students have an additional Sunday afternoon Chamber Music rehearsal, as we as a group session at school and an individual lesson after school.
The orchestra performs at dozens and dozens of community events throughout the year.
In April 2016, 40 members of the orchestra went on a highly successful South Island tour. In July 2017 we will take 40 musicians to play at the Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna, St. Mathews in the City, and the Vodafone Events Centre in South Auckland.
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 the 2015 Regional Community Awards, Virtuoso Strings won the Supreme Porirua award as well as the 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.
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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