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We are currently looking for some new players – particularly upper strings.  If you’d like to join the orchestra, please contact us to check availability of places – we’d love to hear from you.​


We are compiling a database of people interested in our future concerts, so please contact us if you'd like to have your name added.  

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Resonance Ensemble was formed in February 2012, and is now 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 rehearses weekly, presenting three or four concerts per year and works primarily with Christchurch-based conductors and soloists.  Recent conductors have included Tony Ryan, Helen Renaud and Anthony Ferner.

In 2019 Resonance Ensemble will present three main concerts: the first will be on 30 June at The Piano, with conductor Tony Ryan, who last year directed Resonance in the New Zealand premiere of Shostakovich’s ebullient Jazz Suite No 2, and which proved to be one of the highlights of the 2018 Christchurch musical calendar.

Diary our next concert now:
Saturday June 13, 2020, The Piano
Conductor: Tony Ryan
The concert will feature a work celebrating the Beethoven anniversary year, and the return home of an international musician as concerto soloist.
More details in 2020!

Conductor: Tony Ryan

Tony is well-known to Christchurch audiences for his work with various professional organisations, but also particularly for his leadership of performing arts at Linwood College for more than 30 years, including as conductor of the Linwood College Orchestra culminating in an exhilarating European tour in 2011.  

Now returned after five years living and working in Kenya and Singapore, Tony is again fully involved in the Christchurch music scene, composing , conducting and reviewing.  As well as Resonance, he conducts the CSM Sinfonia and regularly contributes reviews of concerts, opera and music theatre to The Press, RNZ Concert and Theatreview.

He is greatly enjoying music-making of the highest level with this outstanding ensemble.

© 2019 Resonance Ensemble

Christchurch, New Zealand

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