What's on

NZ Music Month: Central 

When: 1 - 31 May
Where: Multiple locations
Cost: Free, unless otherwise stated

New Zealand Music Month
is a 31-day nationwide celebration of homegrown talent and the diversity of our unique musical culture.

See below to find out what's on at libraries in central Auckland during New Zealand Music Month 2017.


Music on the Mobile Library Bus

Wednesday 10 May and Wednesday 17 May
Central City Library's intrepid musician Marcus will be accompanying Phillip on his travels all day, providing musical entertainment to all visitors to the bus.
Check to see when the bus is in your area so you don't miss out!
Mobile bus route  


Avondale Youth Symphonic Band Performance 
Sunday 7 May 2pm -3pm 
A concert band of more than thirty players performing music  from Family Guy, Mamma Mia, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Dr Who and more. 
 Hear thirty musicians from schools and university from all parts of Auckland.
Conductor Rod McLeay has lived in Avondale all his life and has led the Auckland Youth Symphonic Band for forty years.


Blockhouse Bay

Instrumental Excerpts 
Monday 1 May, 9am - 6pm  Are you a musician? Can you sing or play a musical instrument? Would you like to perform at Blockhouse Bay Library during NZ Music Month? Talk to us about taking part in Instrumental Excerpts! Conditions apply and registrations are required. 

Bay Radio at the Library 
Monday 1 May,  9am- 6pm 
Listen to local radio station Bay Radio in the library! Keep an ear out for 'voice drops' created by your library staff. With many thanks to Bay Radio and Unforgettable Music.     

Kapa Haka performance by Lynfield College students 
Thursday 4 May 11.30am - 12 noon 
Come and help us celebrate NZ Music Month! Listen to Lynfield College's Kapa Haka group perform waiata. Not to be missed!

Line dancing with members of Steppin' Six 
Tuesday 9 May,  3.30pm - 4pm
Come and watch a line dance performance by members of Steppin' Six - and have a go yourself! Steppin' Six is a Blockhouse Bay line dancing group that performs to raise money for their chosen charities, Alzheimers Auckland and The Life Education Trust.

Performance by students of Dr Ashok Malur, New Zealand Carnatic Music Society, Auckland
Saturday 13 May, 11am -11.45am 
Come and listen to this performance by students of Dr Ashok Malur, from the New Zealand Carnatic Music Society, Auckland.  Violins and vocals - a performance not to be missed!      

Kapa Haka performance by Blockhouse Bay Primary School 
Wednesday 24 May, 10.50am -11.20am
Enjoy the music of Aotearoa during NZ Music Month. Don't miss this performance by students from Blockhouse Bay Primary School's Kapa Haka group! 


Central City

Rock `n' roll!
Sunday 30 April, 1.30 - 3pm
Make your own musical instruments as we begin to celebrate NZ music month in May.

Rhymetime with the Ukulele Sisters and their Bro  
Tuesday 9 May, 11am-11.30am
Come and join the fun and enjoy hearing the musical talents of our little group with a special rhyme time celebrating NZ Music Month. 

 Edward and the tree 
Saturday 13 May, 11am-11.30am 
Come join acclaimed singer/songwriter/graphic artist Edward Gains for a very special Library story time session. Edward will be reading his book "Edward and the Tree" as well as performing sing-alongs with his all-star family band.

Maestro Marcus and his musical Rhymetime 
Thursday 25 May, 11am 11.30am 
Come and join Maestro Marcus and his talented musical mates in a joyful and fun session. Let's all make wonderful music together!               

Harriet Eyres plays the fiddle at Mt Roskill Library 
Thursday 11 May, 3.30pm 4pm 
Harriet Eyres, our very own Pukekohe librarian, plays the fiddle at Mt Roskill Library.  Fiddle is the nickname for violin.               

Three Kings Primary School Choir performs at the library 
Thursday 18 May, 11.30am - 12 noon,
 Mt Roskill Library resounds with the melodious voices of the Three Kings Primary School choir.  Let us together enjoy and encourage our budding stars.


Grey Lynn

Lucia Zara – local Grey Lynn musician
Friday 19 May, 1.30pm – 2.00pm
Lucia Zara singer and songwriter shares some of her music with us.

Musical Instruments
Saturday 27 May, 1.30pm – 2.30pm
We are making music today.  Join in and make your own musical instrument.


Mt Roskill

Guzheng recital by Joseph Ngui
Saturday 6 May, 11.30am-12 noon
Enjoy the melodious tones of the Chinese traditional instrument guzheng, strummed by Joseph Ngui for the listening pleasure of all.

Harriet Eyres plays the fiddle
Thursday 11 May, 3:30pm – 4pm
Harriet is a fiddle player who has found a way to combine the two loves of her life: music and travel.  Inspired by all kinds of music, she also composes her own songs and tunes. Although she mostly plays Irish music, Harry has made it her mission to incorporate the best parts of her favourite fiddling traditions into her style, including French Canadian and Old Time music

Mapura Studios presents Good Yep Yeah! 
Friday 12 May 4pm-4.30pm 
Mapura Studios is a creative space in Mt Albert that provides programmes and activities in visual arts practice, creative expression, dance /movement, and art therapy for people living with disability and diversity.  This is a debut live public performance by participants of Mapura’s Music & Creativity program featuring songs & sonic experiments under the title of Good Yep Yeah. 

Three Kings Primary school choir performs at the Library.
Thursday  18 May, 11:30am -12pm.
Let us enjoy the vocal talent of our local school.

NZ Music Month’s Young Artist Club
Friday 19 May, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Join the Young Artist Club and design your own musical instrument.

StarJam, The Central Dynamic Djembe Drummers & West Sensational Singers perform at Mt Roskill Library 
Saturday 20 May, 11.30am-12noon 
StarJam, the non-profit organisation, teaches singing, dancing and drumming to young people living with disabilities. The ‘Central Dynamic Djembe Drummers’ and ‘West Sensational Singers’ will perform at Mt Roskill Library. Come to enjoy their favourite music and add sparkle to your day.


Auckland Lark Orchestra 
Saturday 20 May,11am 11.30am 
Join us for a wonderful repertoire of both Western and Chinese music by this very talented group. 

SouthCity Soundz 
Saturday, 27 May  11am 11.30am 
SouthCity Soundz are a chorus of women who love to sing a capella in four-part harmony. Come and enjoy their Barbershop style of music and beautiful harmonies.        


Variety Voices choir performance
Saturday 27 May, 2.30pm-3pm
 Come and hear this talented choir of young people perform a range of entertaining and inspiring songs celebrating New Zealand's unique musical flair. From Moana to Lorde to Brooke Fraser, there’s something for all to enjoy! The group of 30 singing stars, aged between 7 and 18, is led by professional musician, musical director and composer James Doy.


Pt Chevalier

Kath Bee's Brilliantly Bubbly Rhyme Time 
Friday, 19 May, 10am-10.30am
Celebrate NZ Music Month with the wonderful Kath Bee.
Join us for a happy half hour of fun songs, interactive sing-alongs and surprises. Perfect for pre school children and families to enjoy.

St Heliers

Ukulele Storytime 
Tuesday 2 May, 10am-10.30am
Join us for some fun stories and ukulele songs! 

CANCELLED: Cello Performance
Wednesday 3 May, 10am
Relax to some beautiful cello music.

Chinese Guzheng Performance 
Saturday 6 May, 11am 
Come and enjoy the unique beauty of Guzheng, a concert to showcase this amazing Chinese traditional instrument. Performed by Zheng's Music Studio. 

Cello Performance
Wednesday 10 May, 10am
Relax to some beautiful cello music.

Churchill Park School Marimba Band 
Thursday 11 May, 1.30pm-2.30pm
 A special performance by students from Churchill Park School. 

Ukulele Storytime 
Thursday 11 May, 10am 10.30am 
Join us for some fun stories and ukulele songs!        

Ukulele for Beginners 
Thursday 25 May, 11am-12 noon  
Come along and have a go at the ukulele! You’ll learn some basic chords and be strumming along to your first song within the hour. Ukuleles will be provided, but bookings are essential. RSVP to 374 1324 or email sthelierslibrary@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Ukulele Rebels 
Saturday, 27 May 11am  
Be entertained by these great local ukulele players! 

Kids Musical Instrument Craft 
Wednesday 31 May, 3.30pm- 5pm  
Make your very own musical instrument out of recyclable materials!


Claudia Gunn plays tunes from Little Wild Lullabies
Saturday 6 May, 11am - 12 noon
We are delighted to have Claudia Gunn come and play for us. Claudia is one third of electro-soul group Substax, and her debut children’s album, Little Wild Lullabies, released last year, was recently nominated for a Tui for Best Children’s Album. She has also won two APRA Children’s Song of the Year awards for her songs.

Caberet icon Radha Stead
Saturday 13 May, 1pm - 2pm
We are lucky enough to be joined by Radha Stead. Radha trained under Kiwi icon Dame Sister Mary Leo before moving onto the cabaret circuit. She’s also done time as Auntie Ruby with The Aunties Fringe Theatre Group and recently started a children’s theatre group called Angels and Cherubs on Waiheke.

The Royal Fortune perform Kiwi folk songs
Saturday 20 May, 11am - 12 noon
Saturday sees the welcome return of local folk group The Royal Fortune who will be playing a number of our country's best traditional folk songs and explaining the rich history behind the music. They play in bush band style and you can expect banjo, lagerphones, bones and saws with energetic delivery.

Performance by talented local teens
Saturday 27 May, 4.30pm - 7pm
In collaboration with the Waiheke Youth Council, sees a number of local teenage musicians performing in the library. This promises to be an exciting performance featuring a range of musical styles from these highly talented youngsters. 


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