Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra (TWSO)


The Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra can trace its roots back over 100 years, when the ‘Waikato Orchestral Society’ was formed – later in 1945, this became the Waikato Symphony Orchestra, and is thus one of the longest established orchestras in New Zealand. The membership of some 160 musicians comprises amateur players, music students and instrumental music teachers, drawn from Hamilton and the Waikato regions, and encompasses a wide age range and many cultures.

As a community based orchestra, the principal aims of TWSO are to advance education, public understanding and appreciation of the arts through the promotion of and participation in concerts, workshops, musical performances and composition. The Orchestra encourages and fosters musical activities in all forms in the community, provides an excellent opportunity for players at all levels to gain valuable experience and consistently brings high standards of performance to the public of the Waikato and beyond.

A highlight of the TWSO year is the Sunset Symphony Concert as a part of the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival which has around 4000 attendees on ‘the lawn’, as well as the Education Concert Series for school students in years 3-8.  In 2017  more than 1200 children attended our three concerts, and they were livestreamed around the world for the very first time with more than 200 groups joining us online.

Trust Waikato enjoys collaborations with Hamilton based Cantando choir, as well as local and national soloists including Anna Hawkins, Bill Stoneham and Andrew Beer.

We are always looking for passionate musicians to join our orchestra! 

Read more about our players and our Music Director

Read reviews of our recent concerts

Brilliant concert!…I felt really spoilt as a mother with children in diffferent cities to have a lovely concert to go to, and to have a chocolate!  Hope Mother’s Day works out in years to come…It was so cool to look at the orchestra from a different perspective…  What came across was that they looked happy to be on stage. I was also struck by what a stable group it is.  Lots of the people have been playing together for a long time.

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