“The players bent their backs to the task with great spirit, keeping their rhythms buoyant, attacking the beginnings of the lines fearlessly and ‘terracing’ the dynamics so that the sounds had ear-catching ebb-and-flow”

— Peter Mechen - Middle C 

Grammy Award-winning Bass Baritone Jonathan Lemalu joins Porirua’s own Virtuoso Strings, winners of the People’s Choice Award at the NZCT Chamber Music 2019 Nationals, for a special afternoon of vibrant and moving music, and the first performance of the Te Ata Festival.

The esteemed Sinfonia for Hope Orchestra, drawn from musicians of New Zealand School of Music, Orchestra Wellington and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra add their support to this celebration of arts and creativity for all and the growth of our country’s top talent.

Created by
Virtuoso Strings, Sinfonia for Hope and Jonathan Lemalu.

Donations to Virtuoso can be made at the time of purchasing your ticket to this event. 100% of all donations go directly to supporting the vital work of Liz, Craig and the amazing team of Virtuoso Strings.

Download the event programme here.


Virtuoso Strings

The Virtuoso Strings Charitable Trust aims to generate social benefit through an accessible, inclusive and holistic music education programme in a community-based setting.

Accessible: All aspects of all music programmes (eg. Instruments, tuition, uniform, trips, food, Exam fees) are provided freely to students who would not otherwise have the opportunity to participate.

Inclusive: All youth residing in socio-economically disadvantaged communities can join the Virtuoso Strings music programmes. Our Virtuoso Strings Orchestra based in Cannons Creek is open to all young people from around the Wellington region.

Holistic: Our mantra is “If you care about the whole person, they will care a whole lot about learning.”

Community: If we work together on common goals we have more fun and everyone benefits

Jonathan Lemalu

Grammy Award Winning Bass Baritone Jonathan Lemalu continues to be in great demand on the global stage as an opera singer, concert performer, recitalist and recording artist. Jonathan’s commitment as patron of Wellington’s Virtuoso Strings, brings him back home to be with us for our Porirua hosted Te Ata Festival.

Sinfonia for Hope

Conducted by Donald Maurice, Sinfonia for Hope brought us the deep and moving presentation of “Violins of Hope”, a work written to feature the collection of violins once played in the ghettos and concentration camps of Europe in WW2, since restored by Israeli violin maker Amnon Weinstein.

Each year members of this important orchestra volunteer their time to bring audiences exciting and innovative presentations to fundraise for important causes across the globe.

Partnered by
Audio Visual Partner

$5 – $12

General Admission - Seated Adult $12
General Admission - Seated Child $5
Child price applies to under 18s. Proof of age required.

Tickets for Sinfonia for Hope are available through Ticketek. Booking fees apply.

Te Rauparaha Arena

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Duration: 1hr 45mins

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