Community Bash FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

A FREE event for all musicians of any age and ability to come together to play a programme of music alongside Auckland Phil musicians!

2pm – 4.30pm

Sunday 8 September 2024

Auckland Town Hall

Queen Street, Auckland CBD

HOLST: The Planets Suite 

I. 'Mars, The Bringer of War'
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IV. 'Jupiter, The Bringer of Jollity'
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VI. 'Hymn Before Action'
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X. 'Agnus Dei'
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  • Sheet music will be available to download on Friday 26 July
  • If you’ve already registered, we’ll email you the download link once it’s available
  • If you haven’t registered yet, please sign up and we’ll email the download link once it’s available

Music is split into beginner, intermediate & advanced parts

These are the approximate grade levels for each part:

  • Beginner –  Grades 1 - 4
  • Intermediate – Grades 5 – 6
  • Advanced – Grade 6+

Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Harp

Woodwind: Piccolo, flute, oboe, cor anglaise, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone

Brass: French Horn, Trumpet, Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba

Percussion: Timpani and full percussion section

If your instrument is not listed here – contact us at ! We might be able to sort something out for you!

  • Your instrument! (orchestra only)
  • A music stand (orchestra only)
  • Sheet music
  • A pencil
  • Double Bass players: your own stool
  • Percussion players: you may need to bring your own percussion (we will let you know in advance!)
  • Bottle of water and a snack
  • Practise your parts!
  • Play or sing along with recordings via spotify, youtube or wherever you access music!
  • If you’re having tuition, take your parts to your teacher so you’re extra prepared for the big day
  • Encourage your friends and whānau to register or come and watch!
  • Here’s the thing - the Community Bash is all about participation, not perfection! There is no pressure to play all the notes – we’d rather you enjoy the experience of playing with hundreds of other musicians, rather than worrying about getting every little bit right!
  • If there are any parts or bars that you find too challenging, you can drop out of these sections and join back in with the sections you are able to play.
  • We’ll have members from the Auckland Philharmonia playing in each section, who can help you if you lose your place in the music or need a little help!
  • If you are playing an intermediate or advanced part, you can always go down to the beginner part if you find it more manageable.

1.30pm: Doors open for registration
2.00pm: Separate orchestra and choir rehearsals
2.45pm: Break
3.05pm: Orchestra and choir rehearse together
3.50pm: Break
4.10pm: Finale Performance!
4.30pm: Finish

  • Yes they can! They are welcome to watch both the rehearsal and performance.
  • There’s no need to book a ticket, they can simply turn up on the day.
  • Be sure to invite your friends and whānau!
  • The open rehearsals are 2pm – 4pm
  • The finale performance is 4.10pm – 4.30pm

Registrations close 5pm Friday 30 August - although the sooner you register, the better! It helps us immensely with our planning to know who is coming.

We also have a maximum number of seats for each instrument (especially for popular ones like violin, cello and flute), so register now to avoid disappointment!


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