CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF FINE MUSIC ON THE KAPITI COAST
About the Society
The Waikanae Music Society
was formed after a public meeting late in 1977 and opened its first season with a concert
by the Wellington Baroque Ensemble on 23 April 1978.
In December 1978 it was registered as an Incorporated Society.
Now in its 40th year, the society has grown from strength to strength over the years
and is highly respected in the New Zealand musical community as one of the country's
most successful societies outside of the main cities. Since its early years it has
been an Associate Society of Chamber Music New Zealand, and has presented concerts
by an array of New Zealand's finest musicians, the New Zealand String Quartet, and
increasingly, by acclaimed international artists. Each season has a series
of 8 concerts, mainly held in the Waikanae Memorial Hall where the average attendance
in recent years is about 300.
The society's aims from the outset have been to provide the best possible concerts while
keeping prices within a range that means the concerts are accessible to those on
limited or fixed incomes - an important consideration in a district with a high
number of retired people.
Another important aim has been to foster musical opportunities for young people.
To this end the society has two concerts each year for school age musicians to gain
performance experience. These concerts are very popular and always well attended.