Experience, participate, inspire!

There's something for everyone at Central Celebrates, our 7th annual mini-festival celebrating the joy of ensemble music making presented by Orchestras Central.

Experience a range of immersive concerts for whānau, music lovers and sonic explorers of all kinds.

Dig out an old instrument and join our all-comers Rusty Player Orchestra, or witness the extraordinary talent of our rising young composers and performers of tomorrow at an exciting range of open workshops.  Join us for an immersive evening of poetry and music.

Open Rehearsal

Youth Orchestra Waikato
Friday 23 August 2024
7pm - 9pm

See how an orchestra works!  Come and experience our young musicians in rehearsal.

Youth Showcase

Youth Orchestra Waikato with Te Rauhii and
Waikato Community School of Music
Saturday 24 August 2024
1pm - 2pm

Showcasing the very best young musicians in the Waikato.

Circus Tricks and Unlikely Friends

Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra
Saturday 24 August 2024

Jugglers, lizards, gladiators and more - join us for an afternoon of fun, laughter and story-telling that's perfect for the young and young-at-heart.

Composition Competition and Workshop

OCT Ensemble
Sunday 25 August 2024
10am - 1pm

Watch as brand new compositions are workshopped and performed.  Winners announced on the day.

Rusty Celebrates

Rusty Player Orchestra
Sunday 25 August 2024
2pm - 5.30pm

Join Aotearoa's most relaxed orchestra, joining in the joy and camaraderie of social music-making.

Of People and Places

OCT Ensemble
Sunday 25 August 2024

A compelling concert experience evoking art of people and places.


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