Professional music is a key part of Orchestras Central, as we work towards our vision of a vibrant orchestral scene that brings joy to communities.
We have a flexible ensemble of professional musicians, some of whom play with other orchestras in the OCT family. Repertoire varies widely and part of the focus for OCT is on how we can explore new ways of making music.
Past events have included performing at Sensing Music in 2017 – ‘Music in the Round’ was an evening of intimate music that included the NZ Premier of Symphonic Chocolates, a work composed in Hamilton, Ontario. ‘Sonoscopia’ comprised the world premiere of a new composition written especially for the group by Dr. Jeremy Mayall, which offered live art being produced as the musicians played. Sonoscopia was then presented for a second time at the 2018 Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival. We delivered Orchestrating Outcomes in partnership with CELFoundation, and this will be held again in 2021. A group also traveled to Whitianga in September 2018 as guests of Creative Mercury Bay.
We toured to Te Awamutu and Kawhia over Labour Weekend 2020, adding on two ‘pop up’ tasters at Te Awa The Base.
OCT Ensemble is also available for hire.
Are you a professional musician based in the Waikato? Submit an expression of interest for playing in our ensemble here