The Hawke’s Bay Orchestra is a cultural jewel for our community, each year performing a series of concerts featuring leading soloists and challenging, imaginative repertoire.

Formed in 1975, the orchestra has evolved and developed into a dynamic ensemble and leading regional orchestra in New Zealand.  During this time the Hawke’s Bay Orchestra has developed and hosted a number of outstanding musicians and showcased some incredible talent, allowing the community to enjoy and participate in a nationally recognized musical setting.  Our development of a teaching programme has expanded our role in the preparation and launch of young emerging artists to regional and national opportunities including chamber music, advanced orchestral settings, university admission, and composition.

The 2015 season continues to raise the bar with each of its concerts.   Each concert incorporates a unique venue, with pieces spotlighting individual soloists and the Orchestra performing a different genre of music on each occasion. This variety enables there to be something that will appeal to everyone!

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The Hawke’s Bay Orchestra will be again accompanying the Napier Civic Choir with Artistic Director José Aparicio. The choir is marking its 2015 season with an expansive format of both choral and orchestral music. Each of the Choir’s four weekend concerts will be made up of both choral and symphonic programmes. The varied repertoire showcases French finesse, German robustness and heroism, Italian vibrant verismo, Russian passion, Eastern European folkloric romanticism, and concludes with the choirs annual visit near Christmas with the Messiah and, a little treat in the form of the Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons combined with some baroque Christmas concertos. Not only are the programmes varied and stunning, they feature internationally renowned soloists. These include sopranos Lisa Harper-Brown, Anna Leese and Anna Pierard, and instrumentalists Helene Pohl (1st Violin New Zealand String Quartet), and Rowan Meade (clarinetist), as well as pianist Matteo Napoli.