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:

19 August – Lazarus String Quartet
Come and experience Lazarus. This talented musical collective started in Christchurch more than 10 years ago, has evolved, and now resides in Berlin. This vibrant young group perform throughout Europe and are currently touring New Zealand. In their only Christchurch concert, they will perform works by Mozart and Bartók. Quintessential chamber music performed professionally with true panache.

9 September – Anna Maksymova (piano) with Tomas Hurnik (cello)
Anna and Tomas, members of the CSO and wonderful individual musicians, will perform an astounding work by Czech composer Martinu.

30 September – Tony Chen Lin (piano)
Tony will play Leos Janáček’s Sonata 1.X.1905 as a dedication to the victims of the March 15 attack, as well as a premiere of Daydreams by Gao Ping, and Schumann’s Fantasie Op.17.

14 October –  Solo, Duo, Trio, More – Rosemary Stott and Katherine Jones (piano), Amandine Guerin and Cathy Irons (violin)
A rich programme featuring a violin duo by Schnittke, a piano duo by Shostakovich, Elegie by Saint-Saëns and some wonderful original piano compositions by Rosemary Stott.

21 October – The Canterbury Japanese Choir
This community event will feature this wonderful choir preforming both authentic Japanese repertoire alongside your favourite melodies.

11 November – Tres Cordes String Trio – Tomas Hurnik (cello), Cathy Irons (violin), Sharon Baylis (viola)
This high-spirited trio brings music to life with freshness, warmth and beauty, exuding musicianship and connectivity.
Note: this concert will be held in The Backstage Social Club at the Arts Centre, off Market Square.

25 November – Dazzling Romantic Piano Masterpieces
Featuring exceptional Performance Piano students from the University of Canterbury, these passionate performers will impress you with their exhilarating skill and musicality.

9 December – Jennine Bailey (jazz vocalist) with Tom Rainey (piano)
Jennine and Tom have performed as a duo for more than 20 years – join them as they share some of their favourite melodies.

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.