Great Hall Lunchtime Concert Series

25 February - 25 November 2019 - The Great Hall

The Great Hall Lunchtime Concert Series brings together renowned local, national and international artists for a line-up of fantastic performances in a stunning venue.

Due to popular demand, more performances have been added in 2019.

These performances take place in the Great Hall of The Arts Centre te Matatiki Toi Ora from 1.10pm to 1.50pm on the following dates:

25 February – Douglas Caldwell (jazz, piano) with Friends
Christchurch jazz legend Doug Caldwell, the maestro, will be joined by musical friends to perform your jazz favourites. What a wonderful start to our Great Hall year of music.

11 March – Graham Wardrop (guitar, vocals) with Tom Rainey (piano)
Graham and Tom play and sing the hits of James Taylor, one of America’s foremost singers and songwriters.

25 March – The Opera Club with musical director Sharolyn Kimmorley
Join some of Christchurch’s fine voices for a concert featuring favourite operatic arias and ensembles.

8 April – Fiona Pears
Talented local violinist and composer Fiona Pears will be performing a dynamic mix of tango and gypsy swing, soulful ballads along with mix of original compositions and well-known standards.

29 April – Elizabeth Braggins (vocals, piano)
Enjoy the rich, intimate timbre of Liz’s voice and her fine piano skills. She breathes new life into songs we all know and love from Carly Simon to Joni Mitchell and more.

13 May – Brass Septet
This concert will introduce you to the versatility of brass instruments, the warmth and colour of trumpets, flugelhorn and trombone.

27 May – Nick Hollamby (jazz, vocals) with Tom Rainey (piano)
From Frank Sinatra to Mel Tormé, all the way to current day Gregory Porter. Sultry, suave and smooth. Come drape yourself, relax and enjoy.

10 June – Janice Gray (vocals), Bob Heinz (guitar) and Mike Kime (bass)
Be prepared for entertainment on many levels. All your musical favourites accompanied by a good dollop of witty tales.

24 June – Chamber Musician Showcase
This performance showcases some of the finest musicians from local secondary schools – rising stars that will astound with their talent. Following this concert, they will compete in the National NZCT Chamber Music National finals.

8 July – Magical Marimbas
Our masters of percussion Brett Painter and Roanna Funcke will amaze you with their musicianship and stellar skills.

29 July – Aeolus Saxophone Collective
An impressive line-up of eight saxophones, all sorts, all sounds will perform with musical director Mark Hobson as quartets before concluding the programme as an octet.

More dates 2019:

12 August – Anna Hoetjes (soprano) with Chris Archer (piano)

19 August – Lazarus String Quartet

9 September – Anna Maksymova (piano) with Tomas Hurnik (cello)

30 September – Tony Chen Lin (piano)

14 October – Duets of Rosemary Stott and Katherine Jones (piano) and Amandine Guerin and Cathy Irons (violin)

21 October – The Canterbury Japanese Choir

11 November – Tres Cordes String Trio

25 November – Jennine Bailey (jazz vocalist) with Tom Rainey (piano)

How do I get tickets?

On the day
Purchase tickets at the Great Hall entrance from midday on the day of the concert.

In advance
For reservations and enquiries email

Adults: $15
Friends of the Arts Centre and Concerts for Christchurch Foundation Trust members: $10
Students and children: $5

from $5

Driving & Parking

The Arts Centre has a limited number of 10 and 30 minute visitor carparks located at Market Square near the corner of Worcester Boulevard and Montreal Street.

Plenty of on-street metered parking is available near the Arts Centre, along with a number of off-street carparks.