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We welcome enquires from players; if you’d like to join the orchestra, please contact us to check availability of places – we’d love to hear from you.​


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About Us  

Resonance Ensemble was formed in February 2012 by players and, more than 10 years on, is firmly established as an integral part of the musical landscape of Christchurch and beyond.  Recognised as a high-quality, innovative and flexible orchestral ensemble, Resonance provides opportunities for musicians and audiences to experience both popular and novel repertoire beyond the more standard fare offered by Christchurch’s only fully professional orchestra.  Programmes range from music for chamber orchestra, works for larger ensemble, and New Zealand compositions, including new commissions.

The orchestra, conducted by Tony Ryan, rehearses weekly, presenting three or four concerts per year, and works primarily with Christchurch-based conductors and soloists.  Previous conductors have included Helen Renaud, Anthony Ferner and Mark Hodgkinson.

Dates for 2024 are: 24 March, 30 June, 22 September and 21 November, so diary them now. We look forward to presenting wonderful and innovative programmes for our growing and appreciative audience. 


Thanks for your support.

Our next concert is:

Bohemian Rhapsody 
3pm Sunday
22 September
@ The Piano

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Conductor: Tony Ryan

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Tony Ryan is well-known to Christchurch audiences as a conductor, composer, educator, and reviewer. As a conductor he learnt his craft as repetiteur, chorus master and conductor for many organisations including Canterbury Opera where he was assistant to international guest conductors including Vanco Cavdarski, John Matheson, Martin Turnovsky and many others. Since then he has worked extensively as a conductor and composer for Court Theatre, the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, the Christchurch Youth Orchestra and others.

In addition to Resonance Ensemble, Tony is the conductor of the Christchurch School of Music Sinfonia and the Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival Orchestra.  His compositions have frequently been performed and broadcast in New Zealand and abroad, most recently by Resonance Ensemble, the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, the Canterbury Philharmonia, and orchestras from the Christchurch School of Music. In 2022, his HAKA! II was premiered by the Christchurch Schools Music Festival Orchestra for whom it was written and in November 2023 his HAKA! III - Matariki was premiered by the same orchestra.  As a teacher Tony led the performing arts at Linwood College for more than thirty years before spending several years working in Kenya and Singapore.

Tony also writes on matters of musical interest – check out his website here.


Saxophone: Mark Hobson

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Mark Hobson began his musical career under the watchful eye of his mother Noeline, who was his first music teacher. After deciding that the violin was not his instrument, Mark concentrated on the clarinet, later taking up the saxophone after seeing Mark Walton perform. This sparked a lifelong passion of exploring and extending the classical saxophone repertoire.

Mark has made a practice of promoting and commissioning new works for his instruments and has performed works written for him by many New Zealand composers, including Tony Ryan, Philip Norman, Gao Ping, Anthony Ritchie, and Eric Biddington. Mark plays regularly in several ensembles including the Whēkau Trio, the Hoekstra/Kime/Hobson Trio, which specialises exploring the unique sound of Euro Jazz, and is also a member of the Aeolus Saxophone Collective, comprised of players who come together regularly to perform throughout New Zealand. Mark has performed as a soloist and in ensembles internationally, where he always showcases new compositions by New Zealand composers.


Soprano: Helen Charlton

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Helen Charlton is an experienced Christchurch based singer, performing regularly as a soloist and choral director. Born and raised in Christchurch, she attended Linwood High School for her senior years, and graduated from Canterbury University with a music degree majoring in Performance Singing and Massey University with a Graduate Diploma in Secondary School Teaching. Helen has extensive performing experience, and she has a passion for education through singing.


Her time is divided between teaching voice, conducting school choirs, and directing The Canterbury Westland Branch Law Choir. Helen is singing as Soprano Soloist in Mass in Blue with Christchurch City Choir in August but performing with Resonance Orchestra and her former music teacher has a special place in her heart.

Leader: Cornelia Didenco 


Cornelia was born in Moldova, one of the ex-Soviet Union republics and is a graduate of the Moldavian State Conservatorium. She has more than 30 years’ experience teaching and for most of that time has also played in symphony orchestras in both Moldova and New Zealand. During her time in the Moldavian Symphony Orchestra she performed at the Sala Verdi in La Scala, and at other prestigious venues in Italy, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, and Romania.


After emigrating to New Zealand, she joined the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and has also appeared as a soloist and in chamber groups, and as the leader of Resonance Ensemble. Since joining the CSO she has toured with them to Japan and has performed with celebrities such as Diana Krall, Cliff Richard, George Benson, Serj Tankian, and Andrea Bocelli.

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