From Kaitaia to Gore (and everything in between)

Tuesday, 18 October 2016
Tony Chen Lin, piano, talks to a captive audience in Rangiora (credit Jeffery Wen)

On Monday we officially farewelled the 2016 Kaleidoscopes Season with a brilliant final tour by the London Conchord Ensemble, concluding  concerts in Hawke’s Bay and Palmerston North.

On Sunday we also wrapped up the 2016 Encompass Series with the final performance of the Marimba and Percussion Duo in Tauranga. It has been a great year for our regional circuit, that saw muscians traveling to centres from Kaitaia to Gore.

In the words of CMNZ Artistic Assistant, Jack Hobbs: “Our Encompass Season helps to bring wonderful New Zealand musicians to regional communities. CMNZ works with presenters and musicians to organise national tours that take NZ artists right across the length and breadth of Aotearoa. This is Encompass.

Every year we receive well over fifty applications, from which CMNZ selects about ten ensembles ranging in size and type, for inclusion on the Regional Roster. These groups are then selected by presenters across the country, including an extensive network of volunteer music societies, who add these performers to their own vibrant seasons. 

We are finalising the last details for CMNZ 2017 Encompass Season and we’ll announce very soon, watch this space and sign up to In The Loop to keep up to date.



We are always on the hunt for new talents: if you are a member of a small ensemble wishing to tour as part of Encompass in 2018, now is the time to apply. Your group must include at least one NZ musician. Full details are available at
Applications must be received by Friday 4 November.



Do you put on concerts in your community? Are you looking for musicians with impressive credentials and a process in which CMNZ takes care of much of the admin associated with touring? Please get in touch if you wish to receive details of the groups available to tour.


Encompass: a slice of 2016


It has been a wonderful, busy year, that saw us touring  a very large number of groups on the  2016 Encompass circuit.  Here are some photo highlights:


CALVINO TRIO taking a break on the Port Hills.

They are fast gaining an international reputation as a piano trio to watch. In 2014 they were awarded first prize at the Jeunesses Musicales Suisse Competition (in Switzerland).
"[The Ravel Trio] demands much of the players; the Calvino Trio had it in spades."  



TRINITY  TRIO. Rehearsals in Rotorua.

Three talented Auckland sisters, formed the ensemble while at Auckland University.  They won the prestigious Pettman ROSL Arts Chamber Music Scholarship, which took them on an international tour around the UK, including  concerts at the International Edinburgh Music Festival, Lake District International Summer Music Festival and St James’s Piccadilly.
"Although youthful, their wide experience from appearing around the world gave a distinctive and mature sound to a performance which abounded with energy and commitment." Rotorua Daily Post


Tony Chen Lin, soaking up the view in Cromwell.

Dazzling young pianist and composer. At 14yrs he made his concerto debut after winning the Christchurch Junior Concerto Competition in 2002.
"Lin’s skill was outstanding, with every note crafted in the mind before being transferred to the keyboard. " Warkwoth Music