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The Christ’s College Music School offers an opportunity to excel and achieve excellence in music, with boys actively encouraged to appreciate a broad range of musical styles and experiences as part of their wider development.

The students can also benefit from a variety of visiting artists, as well as attending performances by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, NZ Opera and Chamber Music New Zealand.

The Music School is fortunate to have the services of some of the finest tutors in Christchurch. It attracts tutors who are not only highly skilled educators, but also practising musicians. These include Christchurch Symphony Orchestra members and contemporary music performers. The boys can learn – and develop their performance skills – from excellent role models.

Music lessons are scheduled between 8am and 9pm, depending on tutor availability and to accommodate each boy’s academic studies so they do not miss the same class each week. Lessons are held in the Music School in Rolleston Avenue.

College offers a rich and vibrant music programme, with many performance opportunities, including Big Band, Chapel Choir, Congregational Singing, Small Band (held weekly in the Chapel), Chamber Music, Brass Band, Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra (with students from St Margaret’s College).

Below are our musical highlights:

  • 2019 – Regular finalists in the NZCF Big Sing National Choral competition

  • 2019 – Winner of the Best Classical Performance

  • 2019 – Best male choir at the regional competition

  • 2019 – Big Sing Competition

  • 2019 – Schola Cantorum Best Boys’ Choir

  • 2019 – Gold awardees at the Southern Jam Youth Jazz Festival

  • 2019 – Best performance of a New Zealand work at the Chamber Music schools regional competition

  • 2020 – Winners of the Canterbury regional Smokefree Rockquest

  • 2020 – Students selected for the 2021-2022 NZ Secondary Students Choir

Director of Music: Robert Aburn

Music Department

Staff Robert Aburn 0247 SQ
Robert Aburn
MusB(Hons) DipTchg(Dist) PGDipEdLead MTchgLn (Canterbury), LRSM LTCL (London), AIRMT, Music

Director of Music

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Staff Nick Coxon 1422 SQ
Nick Coxon
BMus GWCMD (Cardiff), DipMus (Wales), LTCL (London), PGCE (Bristol)

Music Teacher

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Staff Nick Sutcliffe 0588 SQ
Nick Sutcliffe
BMus (Auckland), GradDipTchgLn (Canterbury)

Music Tutor

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