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“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 

Drawn from musicians of New Zealand School of Music, Orchestra Wellington and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia for Hope join Grammy Award Winning Bass Baritone Jonathan Lemalu for a very special afternoon of vibrant and moving music.

Presented alongside Porirua’s own Virtuoso Strings, winners of the People’s Choice Award at the NZCT Chamber Music 2019 Nationals.

Join us in support of the important work of leaders who ensure accessibility of the arts and creativity, and the growth of our country’s top talent.

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Sinfonia for Hope, Jonathan Lemalu and Virtuoso Strings


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.

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$5 – $12

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

Te Rauparaha Arena

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Duration: 1hr 15mins

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