Community: Supporting creativity and connection in the Harbour Basin

For over 60 years, the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra has proudly played an important role in Ōtautahi. Celebrated for its dynamic concert season, the orchestra also provides an extensive community engagement programme which includes school residencies, collaborations and a range of public performances in community spaces.

This year, LPC is delighted to join the CSO’s esteemed whānau of sponsors. Gretchen La Roche, CSO’s Chief Executive, says that this partnership will help the CSO to activate a range of initiatives throughout the Harbour Basin in 2021.

CSO at Governors Bay School

These include school visits to Diamond Harbour and Governor’s Bay Schools, community recitals and ‘Karawhiua! Let’s Play’, a week-long residency at Lyttelton Primary School in which CSO players will take students through a range of creative, music-based projects.

“Live music can play a vital role in bringing communities together because it connects people from all of walks of life. There are always amazing moments when musicians interact with people. From a toddler dancing around a library, to a lost memory reignited through a piece of music, all of these programmes will be unique to each person involved – and that’s magic!”

CSO at Diamond Harbour School

Gretchen says that as well as helping to bring an exciting range of initiatives into fruition, LPC’s sponsorship is also a fantastic validation of the important community work that the CSO does.

“We’re extremely lucky to be supported by a number of loyal and encouraging sponsors and we’re thrilled to now count LPC amongst them. Like the CSO, LPC values the place we live in and the people who live in it, and this partnership has been designed to reflect this. We’re very excited about what lies ahead and look forward to engaging with the Harbour Basin community throughout 2021.”


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