Adults and Kids Entertained by APO's Musical Activities During Lockdown

In these trying times it can be difficult to keep kids – and adults – entertained, but help is at hand.

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) Connecting, the orchestra’s education and outreach team, has been busy developing online events and activities for young people and families to enjoy while everyone is keeping safe in their bubbles.

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Usually at this time of year the team and our musicians would be flat out with concerts in the Auckland Town Hall, school visits, university masterclasses and a host of other activities. We have been thinking creatively about how to stay connected to our musical community during the lockdown. Everyone at the APO has been super enthusiastic turning ideas into action and we are excited to share these with families across New Zealand and even beyond.
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- Tom Hamill, Director of APO Connecting

There are a variety of activities to suit a range of age-groups which include:


Join the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and relive this entertaining family show about the life and times of musical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. See and hear the great composer’s story and celebrate some of his most beautiful music.

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Meet APO musicians for a series of online musical activities designed for pre-school and primary-aged children. A new video is released every Monday morning, introducing a new activity and hosted by APO musicians. Activities include listening and drawing, making an instrument and a conduct-along.

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APO musicians are busy practising their music at home, but Custard and Buzz from Whoa! Studios want to find out more about their instruments and the orchestra. How does a violin make a sound? What’s the difference between a clarinet and an oboe? Why is the French horn so curly?? Tune in at 10am every Friday for a fun-filled musical Q&A. Starts Friday 10 April.

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Instrumentalists of all ages and skill levels can be part of the APO’s Virtual Play-In Orchestra! For this special event community musicians will come together to perform Strauss' Radetsky March. Participants just need to download the music, film themselves playing the piece and send it back to the APO. Each part will then be edited into one complete video of the giant online ensemble performance.

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These family-orientated events and activities are in addition to the (now) regular Encore Livestreams the APO has been running since 21 March. Over 520,000 music lovers from across the globe have tuned in to see and hear the orchestra playing a selection of pieces from the APO back catalogue of livestreams, an average of over 100,000 viewers for each event.

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