About OCT

Orchestras Central delivers fantastic orchestral music experiences in the Waikato. We are passionate about creating a vibrant and joyful orchestral scene for our community.

There’s ‘more than meets the ear’ to us – we deliver the best performances, grow player participation and encourage community engagement through our concerts, programmes, and education initiatives. We are a registered charitable trust with a board of highly experienced trustees. The office has a remunerated team of four who, along with our Music Directors and conductors, support over 300 musicians, both voluntary (unauditioned) and contracted professionals, and deliver more than 30 events each year in the Waikato region.

Our orchestras are the Trust Waikato Symphony (our community orchestra), Rusty Players (just like it sounds!), YOW (Youth Orchestra Waikato) and a professional ensemble.

We have strategic relationships with Trust Waikato, Creative New Zealand and WEL Energy Trust and a family of sponsors that includes the University of Waikato, the Gallagher Trust and a number of generous individuals. We would not exist were it not for the incredible support of our funders and donors and through generous provisions of services and skills. We are also incredibly grateful for the ongoing support and enthusiasm of the group of passionate volunteers who work behind the scenes.

More than 10,000 people enjoyed listening to our orchestras last year! Come and find out why at one of our upcoming events.

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