Professional music is a key part of Orchestras Central, as we work towards our vision that all people of the Waikato can benefit from extraordinary orchestral experiences.
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 include performing at Kawhia – the first orchestra to visit the town in 100 years – and Te Awamutu over Labour Weekend 2020 and pop-up taster concerts at Te Awa The Base. We partnered with the always impressive Hamilton Civic Choir to perform Handel’s Messiah in December 2021.
Other past performances include included Music in the Round in 2017, an evening of intimate music that included the New Zealand 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.
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