Prelude Series

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Do you want more out of your concert experience? Come along to our free CMNZ Prelude series. 


Open Stage sees successful groups from the NZCT Chamber Music Contest and talented adult ensembles share the stage with national and international music legends.

The idea behind this format is that of a “warm up act”, giving young musicians the opportunity to perform in front of the wider public, in some of the most iconic venues in New Zealand.

This year Open Stage is a Community Partnership between CMNZ and SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music.

Show your support for these aspiring young artists at an Open Stage event near you.



From industry professionals, to musicologists, these talks guide audiences through the music they are about to hear.  

Sometimes the focus is on the historical context of a particular piece of music, or on its contemporary relevance, while others are on the technical challenges in the execution.  

Pre-Concert talks are an ideal introduction to the concert, providing a first look at the repertoire and artists background before the performance begins.



Featuring artists, composers and music scholars, Q&A are a great way to start the conversation around music. You can satisfy your curiosity, learn something new and enjoy the concert through fresh eyes.


All prelude events are FREE and everybody is welcome to attend. Check our upcoming concerts to view whether the concert includes a prelude event.