The APRA Music Grant helps to fund the Composer in Residence programme, contributing to the creation of new works, the composers workshop programme and Young Composer in Residence programme.

ABOUT THE Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra is Auckland’s leading performing arts organisation, and the city’s resident full-time professional symphony orchestra.

In more than 50 main stage performances annually, the orchestra presents a full season of symphonic work showcasing many of the world’s finest classical musicians. Recent high profile soloists include percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, cellist Li-Wei Qin, violist Maxim Rysanov, soprano Christine Brewer, pianist Joanna MacGregor, organist Cameron Carpenter and violinists James Ehnes and Chloë Hanslip, among many others. We have also been delighted to work with conductors of the calibre of John Nelson, Hans Graf and Paul McCreesh.

The APO is also proud to support both the New Zealand Opera and the Royal New Zealand Ballet in their Auckland performances again this season, as well as working in partnership with Auckland Arts Festival, Michael Hill International Violin Competition, and Atamira Dance Company performance in 2015.

Renowned for its innovation, passion and versatility, the APO collaborates with some of New Zealand’s most innovative and versatile artists, including performances with Six60 and The Adults; leading Auckland hip hop artists in our Remix the Orchestra programme; and Tim Beveridge in a programme of music from the James Bond movies. And in 2015 the APO performed with contemporary artists Julia Deans and Anika Moa.

The APO promotes a vibrant arts culture by providing leadership and support across the arts sector. Through its numerous APO Connecting (education, outreach and community) initiatives the APO offers opportunities to more than 20,000 young people and adults nationwide to participate in music, ranging from hip hop and rock to contemporary and classical. The orchestra’s Sistema Aotearoa, in partnership with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, entered its fourth year in 2015. This is the first music education programme in New Zealand to be based on El Sistema, one of the world’s most successful music and social development projects, and it now teaches music to more than 300 children, with instruments and teaching provided free of charge.

More than 100,000 people hear the orchestra live each year, at concerts and through live web streams of some of our popular concerts. Many thousands more are reached through special events, other media and recordings.

Most APO concerts are broadcast live nationally and audio-streamed online on Radio New Zealand Concert, allowing everyone the chance to share the excitement of a world-class performance.

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