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.

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 at 1.10pm-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
(violinist extraordinaire)
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

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



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.