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Music Month May a big success

This year’s New Zealand Music Month has proved a winner yet again with our customers.
Thank you to all our library teams for the effort that went into organising performances. We received just over 2,800 entries for our iPod and Kiwi CD competition.

Winner Helen with her CDsThe winners were:

  • Helen Beswick, Noeline Neho, Carol Doorman, Mark Owen each has won a pack of 5 Kiwi music CDs
  • Polly Ott won the 30GB iPod

Congratulations to the our winners and thanks again to our teams.

Music Month May 2006

iPodMay is New Zealand Music Month and we have the following free events at our libraries PLUS a great deal on borrowing music AND the opportunity to win an Apple iPod or a five CD pack.

Borrow 3 music CDs or tapes and get your 4th free.

CDsGo in the draw to win a 20GB iPod or 5-CD packs

Music Month Events @ our libraries

Central Library

Geoff Hitchcock - iMmpro Guitar
Geoff will serenade you with original, classically based improvisation, on classical guitar in the Central Library on Fridays 1-2pm for May.

Fendalton Library Fendalton Library

Fendalton Library

Saturday 6 May, 11-12am
Hugh Campbell and Jon Hooker
Guitar duets.

Saturday 20 May, 11-11.45am
Cathy Irons and David Matthews
Cathy Irons and David Matthews will play music for two violins featuring a variety of styles from Nursery Rhymes, American fiddling to Mazas, Haydn and Bartok.

Saturday 20 May, 2-2.30pm
Desert Veils
Middle-Eastern style Belly Dancers.

Saturday 27 May 2006, 1-1.45
Bryony Gibson
Instrumental performance.

Saturday 27 May 2006 2pm-2.45
Woolston Junior Brass Band no. 2 Band
The children in this band will present a 30 minute and programme, and there will be a chance for people to have a blow on some different brass instruments.

Linwood LibraryLinwood Library

Linwood Library will have a piano on site for the whole of May Music Month! A number of pianists will be coming in to entertain us, including some informal performances after school (although we’ve already been delighted by one impromptu session when Mark, one of our customers, quietly played a lullaby which certainly did the trick … the baby stopped crying immediately … and the rest of us were charmed into silence as well).

Please note, we also have other live performances from selected local musicians scheduled for May keep checking back for updates. But finally, we’d like to acknowledge all the wonderful offers we received from our customers for the loan of a piano   to say we were bowled over by people’s generosity would be an understatement as we thought our chances were highly unlikely but it seems music is alive and well in the Linwood community. Our particular thanks go to Ruth & Liz whose piano turned up on our doorstep just before Anzac Day.


After School: impromptu performances throughout the school week

Saturday 6th Daniel Foster and Rachael Travaille from Christchurch Jazz School playing guitar and saxophone 11 noon

Saturday 13th Jon Hooker and Hugh Campbell - Acoustic Guitar Duet 1 2 pm

Saturday 20th Lena Taylor and Annie Yau (Christchurch competition scholarship winners) playing Satie, Mendelsohn, Chabrier, Prokiev from “Romeo and Juliet” and others on the piano 11 - 12 am

Saturday 27thJames Wilkinson - Guitar soloist(known internationally) 11 12 am

New Brighton Library

New Brighton Library's Listening PostThe month of May is New Zealand Music Month across the country. It is celebrated throughout Christchurch City Libraries and is a special time at New Brighton Library. This year we have a range of activities focussed on music making in New Zealand including several live performances at the library.


NZ Music Month Display - Throughout May
A display that highlights the range of musically orientated books, CDs and DVDs available from the library. As well as an extensive range of recorded music of all types this includes biographies of musicians, teach-yourself books (some with CDs) for various instruments, musical scores and guides to different musical genres.
Creative Places Recording Studios - 15 - 30th May
Creative Places Trust is a Christchurch-based recording studio providing affordable, subsidised services for singers, songwriters, and musicians wishing to record a demo or an album, attend a workshop, or to simply gain guidance and support. Learn all about the activities of Creative Places from this display.


Andy ThompsonAndy Thompson - Sunday 7th May 2 - 3pm
Well known local identity Andy Thompson - acoustic singer-songwriter and guitarist returns with orginal songs, accompanied by Greta Bond on oboe. Andy has recovered from a burns accident which almost cost him the use of his hands and has since been on a physiotherapy mission to restore the use of his fingers. Andy has re-emerged and re-invented his diverse styles through sheer self-will and thanks to the love, prayers and support of others he is set to unleash new songs and familiar favourites from his vast body of original work as a song-writer who dares to challenge us at the very coalface of life.
Katz - Saturday 13th May 2 - 3 pm
A chance to experience the soulful and melodic original compositions of former London based singer songwriter Katz who is now carving a place for herself in Christchurch hearts.
Scarlet Senoritas who Smoulder by Night - Sunday14 May 2-3 pm
Gypsy rythmns, and klezmer music, the traditional Jewish music of eastern Europe, will once again soar and dance its way around the New Brighton Library setting toes a tapping.
Te Whanau O Aranui - Wednesday 17th May (times below)
New Zealands oldest and most traditional musical form, the mighty haka will resonate through the library. Aranui High School's Kapa haka group has consistently led the field in South Island high school competitions and is already in preparation for National Kapahaka Competition in July. They will perform at New Brighton Library on Wednesday 17 May at 10:00 - 10:15 and 12:30 - 12:45.
Phil Bates- Saturday 20th May 2 - 3 pm
Flamenco guitarist.
ShaneDJ Shane - Sunday 21st May 2 - 3pm
DJ Shane will be temporarily forsaking RDU for New Brighton Library to share his latest mixes
Geoff Hitchcock - Saturday 27th May 2 - 3pm
Geoff presents his programme "improvising visions" a blend of guitar, reading and artwork drawing inspiration from his New Brighton artwork "CreArtivity". His peformance also invites participation from children.
Freeville School Choir will perform on Monday 29th May at 11:00
Music is greatly encouraged and enjoyed at Freeville School. The performance will include Freeville's very own original school song.

Parklands LibraryParklands Library

Saturday 6 May 2-3pm
Daniel Foster & Rachel Travaille - Duo from the School of Jazz
Saturday 13 May 2-3pm
Chisnallwood Intermediate School musical groups:
- chamber ensemble
- jazz ensemble
- school bands
Saturday 20 May 11-11.30am
Windsor Primary School students perform a musical medley
Saturday 27 May 12-12.30pm
Parkview Primary School - combined junior/senior choir

Shirley LibraryShirley Library

Monday 15 May to Friday 19 May: So you think you can sing?

Give it a go at Shirley Library Monday 15 May to Friday 19 May 3.30 4.30pm in the Shirley Library Singstar Competition. A special event as part of New Zealand Music Month.

First prize a 5 CD pack of Kiwi music
Second prize a 3 CD pack of Kiwi music
Third prize one Kiwi music CD

Saturday 20th May
James Wilkinson - Guitar
11 - 12 noon, Shirley Library
Saturday 27th May
Hugh Campbell and Jon Hooker - Guitar
11 - 12 noon, Shirley Library

South LibrarySouth Library

All performances are on Saturdays from 1-2pm

Saturday 6th - Jon Hooker & Hugh Campbell
Saturday 13th - James Wilkinson
Saturday 20th - Silencio
Saturday 27th - Helen Webby, harpist for the CSO

Upper RiccartonUpper Riccarton Library

More events at Upper Riccarton to come.

Saturday 6th 2-3pm
James Wilkinson, Solo acoustic

Sunday 7th 1-2pm
Rachel and Dan, Jazz saxophone and guitar

Sunday 14th 1-2pm
David and Sarah Matthews, Violin and cello

Monday 15th 12:15pm
Riccarton High School, Kapa Haka group

Thursday 18th 12.30pm
Riccarton High School band, "Touching Loss"

Friday 19th 12.30pm
Riccarton High School, Chamber music

Saturday 20th 1-2pm
Jon Hooker and Hugh Campbell, Acoustic guitar duet

Sunday 21st 1.30-2.30pm
Jazz Duo, Guitar and double bass

Monday 22nd 12.30pm
Riccarton High School, Pacifica Group

Wednesday 24th 12.30pm
Riccarton High School, Barber shop groups

Thursday 25th 12.30pm
Riccarton High School, Choral music

Saturday 27th 1-1.15pm
Russley Singers

Monday 29th 12.30pm
Riccarton High School, Jazz band

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